5 new high-performance SUVs coming to SA in 2018

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will arrive in SA in the second quarter of 2018.

As the number of SUVs on our market grows, so too does the number of high-performance SUVs. So, we’ve decided to take a look at five of the most exciting examples (across a couple of segments) scheduled to arrive in South Africa in 2018…

1. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The hottest, Quadrifoglio-badged version of Alfa’s new Stelvio is expected to land in SA in the second quarter of 2018. It uses the same 2,9-litre twin-turbo V6 first employed by the Giulia Quadrifoglio (and still worth 375 kW and 600 N.m), but is actually a little quicker to 100 km/h (at a claimed 3,8 seconds) than its sedan sibling, thanks to its all-wheel-drive system.

2. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Trackhawk version of Jeep’s Grand Cherokee is powered by a 6,2-litre V8 delivering a whopping 527 kW and 874 N.m, which the brand says is enough for a 0-100 km/h time of just 3,6 seconds. Expect this monster to touch down in the second quarter of 2018.

3. Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini Urus
The new Urus – which shares its platform with the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne, as well as with the upcoming VW Touareg – makes use of the VW Group’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 petrol, tuned to deliver 478 kW and 850 N.m (for a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 3,6 seconds). Due to arrive in the third quarter of the year, we already know how much it will cost

4. Mercedes-AMG GLC63

Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S
The most potent version of Mercedes-Benz’s GLC will wear the “63” badge and be offered in two outputs. Both employ a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8, but the first is tuned to deliver 350 kW and 650 N.m, with the flagship “S” version taking things up a notch to 375 kW and 700 N.m. Expect coupé versions to also be offered at launch in the first quarter of 2018.

5. Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche Cayenne Turbo
In 2018, the third-generation Cayenne will officially arrive in South Africa. And the Cayenne with the “Turbo” badge employs a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 sending 404 kW and 770 N.m to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. This results in a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4,1 seconds…

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