The three super-SUVs gracing these pages are all able to deliver supercar-rivalling performance both on-road and off, despite possessing characteristics (large, heavy bodies and high centres of gravity) that are the complete opposite of those typical of sports cars.
Their abilities are, in fact, so astounding that these contenders have the potential to rewrite (and not just defy) the laws of physics.
New to this segment is the alien-like BMW X5M. Its fat tyres, wide fenders and shocking collection of air vents make it out to be like an extra-terrestrial invader ready to pounce upon and swallow any number of unsuspecting smaller cars. Meanwhile, its unconventional cockpit controls add to its ethereal appeal.
The Range Rover Sport, with its handsome and tough “square-jawed” design, is the “cowboy” counterpoint to the X5M. Instead of appearing like it was designed in another universe, this British luxury SUV looks perfectly ready to conquer the most inhospitable places on this planet. Its off-road credentials, which are probably the most accomplished of the three machines, give the Rangie the ability to do just that.
Ready to battle its competitors in this test is the third-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Eager to win this shootout, this bahn-stormer from Stuttgart is now more dynamically gifted than ever. With an even more muscular drivetrain wrapped in a leaner body compared to its predecessor, this SUV brings some serious firepower to our thunderous 1565bhp “gunfight”.
Which of these speedy SUVs ultimately has the transcendental performance needed to conquer Earth’s varied surfaces? Read on to find out.