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The power and greatness of electric cars is now being broadcast from every TV. The coolest of them really have hurricane dynamics, and it is very difficult to compete with them using an internal combustion engine. But you shouldn’t think that the so-called “old school” cars (we include gasoline and hybrid models) are deflated and worthless. We will show this using the example of serial “charged” SUVs from European premium brands. And at the same time, we will answer the question of whether hybridization is an absolute good and an undeniable advantage.

Audi RS Q8

The Ingolstadt “er-esque” is another puzzle from the well-known Volkswagen “cube” parts. It is built on a modular MLB Evo chassis with a longitudinal layout and has adaptive air suspension as standard. The transmission includes an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive with an asymmetrical differential. The default percentage distribution of traction is 40:60 in favor of the rear axle.

Audi Audi Audi Audi

The four-liter V8 with two turbochargers and a 48-volt starter-generator develops a convincing, although not a record for these times, 600 hp. and 800 Nm. Up to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The maximum speed of the basic version is limited to 250 km/h. With the optional dynamic package plus, reach 305 km/h to your heart’s content.

BMW X5 M Competition/X6 M Competition

The modernization of the Emok at the beginning of 2023 turned out to be relatively large-scale: the 4.4-liter eight-cylinder biturbo engine acquired different superchargers, a reinforced crankshaft, a modified intake and a lubrication system. A 12-horsepower electric motor is built into the automatic transmission to help with acceleration.

“Ceiling” – 250 km/h and up to 290 km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package.
BMW BMW X5 M Competition
BMW BMW X5 M Competition
BMW BMW X5 M Competition
BMW BMW X6 M Competition
BMW BMW X6 M Competition
BMW BMW X6 M Competition
BMW BMW X6 M Competition
BMW

And the restyled X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition have recalibrated automatic transmission ratios and power mode algorithms, and improved M xDrive all-wheel drive with an active rear differential. Alas, after the revision, the cars are one tenth slower and hit a hundred in 3.9 seconds. Why? Output has not changed (625 hp and 750 Nm), while the effect of new catalytic converters and the increase in curb weight played a role.

BMW XM

The shocking design of the first rechargeable M-hybrid in history evokes very polar feelings. For some, it’s pain and disappointment. Those who are open to advanced “revolutionary” ideas, on the contrary, are delighted with the giant nostrils of the radiator grille with contour lighting, “double-deck” exhaust pipes, two emblems on the edges of the rear window and other cool oddities. They like the kitschy appearance and remind them that this is a unique independent project of the M-Division. Like the 1978–1981 BMW M1 supercar.

BMW XM
BMW BMW XM
BMW BMW XM
BMW

The XM is a hefty car. Its length is 5110 mm, width two meters. The heroic dimensions are approximately the same as those of the platform X7, but the technical differences are significant. The output of the S68 4.4-liter twin-turbo eight is no match for any X5 M Competition – “only” 489 hp. and 650 Nm. The 197-horsepower electric motor built into the eight-speed automatic transmission helps out. With it – a total of 653 hp. and 800 Nm. Temperament? 4.3 seconds and 270 km/h. What did you expect with a mass of almost 2.8 tons?

The power plant has Hybrid, Electric and eControl modes, which optimize its operation, the degree of recovery and maintain the charge level of the traction battery at 29.5 kWh (actual effective capacity – 25.7 kWh). Autonomy without starting the internal combustion engine according to the WLTP cycle is up to 83 km.

BMW XM Label Red
BMW BMW XM Label Red
BMW BMW XM Label Red
BMW

Do you think XM “doesn’t deliver”? You’re wrong, the line is headed by the feisty modification Label Red. The internal combustion engine is boosted to 585 hp. At peak 748 hp. and 1000 Nm. Such a “label” travels in every possible way: 3.8 seconds and 290 km/h. The transmission and chassis are unchanged. The same all-wheel drive with a traction take-off clutch on the front axle, an active rear differential, adaptive suspension, active anti-roll bars, steering rear wheels.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic+/GLE Coupe 63 S 4Matic+

The sports division of Mercedes-AMG made a serious miscalculation by abolishing the mighty eight-cylinder engines and replacing them with hybrids with turbo-fours. Buyer interest in politically correct sports cars has noticeably decreased. By the way, modern Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SE Performance also has “juice bags” with an electric booster. In light of these events, the brutal GLE and its coupe variant evoke warm feelings with their adherence to the wonderful old traditions.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic+
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic+
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic+
Mercedes-Benz

Under the hoods of mid-size models, 4.0-liter eight-cylinder units (612 hp and 850 Nm) rumble. Two turbochargers are located in the camber of the cylinder block, as on the light-duty V8. Plus EQ Boost is a 22-horsepower electric motor with a 48-volt system. The transmission is nine-speed automatic, 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with front wheel clutch. Mercedes-AMG shoots to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, the limit is 280 km/h.

Aston Martin DBX707

One of the coolest crossovers in the UK! In terms of “beauty of numbers”, neither the Bentley Bentayga, nor the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, nor even the Lister Stealth, an extreme tuning car based on the Jaguar F-Pace SVR with a five-liter 675-horsepower compressor V8, can compare with it. But the duel with the Lotus Eletre electric car will not be in favor of the DBX: its twin-engine counterpart has 905 hp.

Aston Martin DBX707
Aston Martin Aston Martin DBX707
Aston Martin Aston Martin DBX707
Aston Martin

The DBX707 is not a purebred Aston, but the result of engineering inbreeding. The chassis was developed by the British and is their pride. The engine is a variation of the supercharged four-liter V8 Mercedes-AMG. More efficient turbochargers live in the camber of the cylinder block, and the electronic control unit has been reflashed. The output is 707 hp reflected in the index. and 900 Nm. The transmission is Mercedes: nine-speed automatic with a wet clutch instead of a torque converter and a traction take-off clutch for the front axle. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard. Moreover, on the front axle there are 420 mm discs and six-piston calipers, ready to stop the train!

Lotus Eletre
Lotus Lotus Eletre
Lotus Lotus Eletre
Lotus

The DBX707 reaches a hundred in 3.3 seconds and flies further to 310 km/h. In the fight with Lotus he will lose 0.35 seconds. But at one point it will leave the “electric train” far behind with its maximum speed of 266 km/h.

Ferrari Purosangue

Any supercrossover without a hint of electrification today may seem like a complete nonconformist. But even in this tribe there are rare rebels. First and foremost is the stunning Ferrari Purosangue. Let’s start with the fact that it does not look like an SUV in the usual sense. It’s hard to classify – and that’s a good thing! More original technology! In addition, the Rolls-Royce masterfully trolls with its rear doors opening against the direction of travel. You heard it right – suicide doors on a Ferrari!

Ferrari Purosangue
Ferrari

Designers from Maranello rejected the idea of ​​​​using a supercharged V8 and did something unheard of by the standards of the segment – they installed a naturally aspirated (!) V12 with a volume of 6.5 liters and a “dry” sump. So for a minute, it belongs to the F140 family and is closely related to the units of the 812 Superfast and 812 Competizione grand tourers. Everything according to the signature Feng Shui!

Ferrari Purosangue
Ferrari Ferrari Purosangue
Ferrari Ferrari Purosangue
Ferrari

The engine responds with the sharpness and linearity typical of naturally aspirated units. Unleashes 725 HP at you. and spins enthusiastically to 8,250 rpm. There is no need to worry about elasticity: 80% of 716 Nm is available already at 2100 rpm. The super-fast eight-speed “robot” with two clutches makes a significant contribution to the stunning dynamics – up to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, “one hundred and two hundred” in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h.

Lamborghini Urus Performante

The Performante is an extreme version of the all-terrain Lambo (remember, it shares architecture with the Audi Q7, Q8 and Porsche Cayenne). And at the same time, an attempt to create a true supercar among sports crossovers using relatively moderate means. The four-liter V8 with a pair of turbochargers is symbolically boosted to 666 hp. (plus 16 hp). The suspension uses conventional springs rather than air springs. The ground clearance is reduced by 20 mm, the track is widened by 16 mm. Thanks to the modified characteristics of the fully controlled chassis, the sports car responds faster and more sharply to the driver’s commands.

Lamborghini Urus Performante
Lamborghini Lamborghini Urus Performante
Lamborghini Lamborghini Urus Performante
Lamborghini Lamborghini Urus Performante
Lamborghini

In terms of acceleration, the Performante is identical to the Ferrari Purosangue. The ultimate capabilities of the opponent from Maranello are a little higher. It will be possible to squeeze out “only” 306 km/h from Lamborghini. The difference is tiny, although important from an image standpoint.

Lamborghini Urus SE

In the spring of 2024, the long-awaited rechargeable hybrid Urus was added to the range. The similarities with the related Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid are obvious. The V8 has been derated to 620 hp. and 800 Nm, a 192-horsepower electric motor is integrated into the automatic transmission. Cumulatively – 800 hp. and 950 Nm.

Lamborghini Urus SE
Lamborghini Lamborghini Urus SE
Lamborghini Lamborghini Urus SE
Lamborghini

The SE is overweight due to its battery and electric motor, but that doesn’t stop it from breathing into the Performante’s rear bumper. And then cut with high beams: “Move out of the left lane!” Sprint to hundreds – 3.4 seconds. Then the speedometer needle points to 312 km/h. There are also quite tangible practical advantages. A traction battery with a capacity of 25.9 kWh allows you to cover about 60 km using electric traction. Finally, the owner will be able to look the sparrows in the eyes with a clear conscience: the gas-electric filling reduces emissions of harmful substances by 80 percent!

Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid/Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe

Previously, the fiercest Cayenne was called the Turbo S E-Hybrid. After modernization in the summer of 2023, the letter S disappeared from the marking and this is clearly no reason to worry. The “muscle” of the 4.0-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers has increased: it was 550 hp, now it is 599 hp. The electric motor develops 176 hp, an increase of 40 hp. more than the pre-restyling Porsche. At peak, the system generates 739 hp. and 950 Nm.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid
Porsche

Despite electrification, Porsche will not feed its top rivals dust. The dash to 100 km/h takes 3.7 seconds. Why is the most powerful Cayenne in history so “slow”? Because the mass is over 2.5 tons. But the capacity of the traction battery increased from 14.1 to 25.9 kWh. Hence, autonomy in electric mode is up to 82 km. The maximum speed (295 km/h) also removes part of the complaint. Standard equipment includes adaptive air suspension and the PTV Plus (Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus) rear active differential.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupe
Porsche

The version with a coupe-shaped rear end is in a privileged position – the GT Package is available for it with a number of solutions from the famous Cayenne GT Turbo, the fastest supercrossover on the Nurburgring (7 minutes 38.925 seconds). The upgrades are specific and gourmet. For those who understand! Looking ahead, we will say that with them the acceleration is reduced by a tenth of a second. Hold the accelerator pedal to the floor and you will see 305 km/h on the speedometer.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT makes do with one 659-horsepower V8 without electrification and can easily deal with a hefty hybrid. Speed ​​to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds!
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Porsche Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Porsche

The GT Package includes a ground clearance reduced by 10 mm, modified suspension and auxiliary electronics settings, a carbon fiber roof, carbon-ceramic brakes, a new wing above the fifth door, 22-inch wheels with 285/40 ZR22 front and 315/35 ZR22 rear tires. , two exhaust pipes in the center of the bumper. Steering rear axle is available at extra cost. /m

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