Will this finally help purists accept performance SUVs?
Given the vast number of luxury SUVs we can expect to see out in the near future, it’s about time someone starts to classify them accordingly. Sure, it’s possible to go off price point and power output, but just like on a normal car, not every SUV is designed with the same goal in mind. Case in point, A Ferrari 488 GTB and a Rolls-Royce Wraith are priced similarly and both have upwards of 600 horsepower. However, no Wraith owner would ever take their Roller to a race track (except the fun ones).
On the SUV side of things, it appears that some new luxury SUVs, like the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace, are of the sporting variety while others, like the Bentley Bentayga, are firmly in the luxury department.
Out of curiosity, Jonny Lieberman and Jason Cammisa of Motor Trend take our two sporting SUV examples to the snow-covered Bridgestone Winter Driving School for a bit of behind the wheel vetting. Given that both SUVs have 3.0-liter V6 engines, the Jaguar with a supercharger and the Porsche with a turbo, things are apt to get interesting when considering only a 20 horsepower gap between the two (380 for the Jag and 360 for the Porsche). Rear biased all-wheel drive helps in the snow, but as we know well, numbers and hardware don’t make the car. It’s how the parts all come together.