In a clash that just ten years ago would have seemed impossible or just downright silly, Car.co.za lined up BMW’s most powerful diesel SUV, M50d, against the new Range Rover Sport, which uses an engine shared with the Jaguar F-Type to develop an incredible 375kW (502hp).
The 2014 BMW X5 M50d is powered by a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine boasts comes with three-stage turbocharging and common rail direct injection. From a 3.0-liter displacement it develops output of 280 kW /381 hp and a peak torque of 740 Newton metres (546 lb-ft). BMW BluePerformance technology as standard means the M Performance Automobile is also EU6-compliant. The diesel unit’s power is transferred to the road by an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.
Both manufacturers claim their cars accelerate from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in the same time, but which car would win over a quarter mile drag race?