Monster V8 SUVs in drag race

01:58, May 08 2013

What does $100,000 get you in today’s luxury car landscape?

Not a great deal, it seems, when you’re comparing the performance credentials of two expensive luxury SUVs.

Fairfax Media recently visited the Sydney Motorsport Park to pit the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 against one another in a drag race.

Both are heavy and gaudy fashion statements, emitting enough carbon to make a mining magnate blush.

The ML63 is kitted with a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, and costs A$177,000 in Australia plus on-road costs (In New Zealand a ML63 AMG will set you back $197,900). Its adversary, the SRT8, is equipped with a 6.4-litre Hemi V8, and is priced at A$76,000 in Australia ($105,000 in NZ) plus on-roads.

So does an extra $100,000 buy you a quicker quarter mile time?

In our race, the Hemi-powered Jeep got the jump off the line, sprinting ahead of the ML63 over the first 100 metres.

But once the turbos spooled up on the AMG, it hauled in the Grand Cherrokee to win the duel comprehensively, streaking across the line in 12.7 seconds at 181 kmh.

The SRT8 was no slouch by comparison, completing the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 165 kmh.

The AMG sprinted to 100 kmh from rest in 4.7 seconds, while the SRT8 took 5.3 seconds.

-Fairfax Media Australia

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