These days, it feels like every automaker and their pet makes a high-performance SUV. That’s not entirely true, but for the most part, depending on the budget, clients can choose between various track-focused high-riding vehicles.
Jeep has its name written on the list and their proposition is a Hellcat-powered version of the Grand Cherokee. The model is named the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and to this day, remains the most powerful stock SUV money can buy. That’s right, it’s more powerful than the 650 PS (641 hp / 478 kW) Lamborghini Urus and the new 635 PS (626 hp / 467 kW) Bentley Bentayga Speed.
We said more powerful, not faster, because the 716 PS (707 hp / 527 kW) and 873 Nm (645 lb-ft) Trackhawk, with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8, has the ability to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, and up to 289 km/h (180 mph). The Bentayga Speed is 0.2 seconds slower and has a 305 km/h (190 mph) top speed, whereas the the Urus hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds and maxes out at an identical 305 km/h (190 mph).
There’s no denying the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a fast-accelerating beast, but so is the BMW X5 M. And as it happens, the two were pitted against each other in a few drag races by a Russian YouTube channel, whom you may remember from doing the same to the BMW M850i and Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe.
The outgoing X5 M is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out 575 PS (567 hp / 423 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. It hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just a little over 4 seconds and has a 250 km/h (155 mph) electronically limited top speed.
On paper, the X5 M is obviously slower than its American challenger, but what about in the real world? The answer lies on film below, which shows several drag races between the two, from a standing and rolling start, and with and without the Launch Control functions engaged.