German carmakers have been making profits with expensive SUVs, something bold names like Alfa Romeo and Jaguar decided to do as well. Today an interesting drag race is before us, and the interesting part of this is the presence of the F-Pace SVR, which is quite rarely seen on drag strips.
Without much effort, the F-Pace has become the most prominent Jag model out there. Its SVR cousin, however, isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Despite thought to be priced a little higher than it should, the SVR is still a model that deserves some respect. And surely, many motorheads don’t like fake exhaust noise on sports cars of today, but what could be the best cure to such a woe other than a supercharged 5-liter V8, especially here in the drag race you’re about to watch.
Jaguar is pretty brave to give its F-Pace a 5-liter mill, although power-wise, it’s not staggering. The unit makes 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque. Those figures are still okay, supercharged engines come with some limitations after all. The good thing is that, the development of modern turbochargers has overweighed the disadvantages. But the British luxury car brand doesn’t possess a turbocharged V8 until BMW gives one to it.
In concept, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV is quite close to the F-Pace, since its characteristics more closely resemble a crossover than an SUV. But it packs a much smaller 2.9-liter V6 engine, which with Ferrari’s engineering, has been successfully squeezed to make 510 hp and 600 Nm of torque. And what’s more powerful than the two aforementioned cars is the Mercedes-AMG G63. Boasting a 4-liter bi-turbo V8 engine with 585 HP and 850 Nm of torque, it’s not only the most potent among the three, but also the heaviest and most expensive too.
Because of its closeness, this race requires a second try in which the Stelvio QV reaches the finish line a little ahead of the F-Pace, while the G63 does its best too during the run, especially in the rolling race where its fangs come out.