Sports cars and SUVs are designed to serve two different types of customers – style versus practicality. But as consumers continue to flock to those larger vehicles, automakers are packing them with performance. The BMW X6 M Competition is just one such example, featuring a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and gobs of power. To show off its performance stature, Cars.co.za pitted it against an unlikely foe – the 2020 Jaguar F-Type R.
If you only compare engine specs, the two appear to be quite similar. BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 produces 616 bhp (460 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-metres) of torque. That’s nearly identical to the Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre that produces 567 bhp (423 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. Both feature all-wheel drive, but the Jaguar has one advantage – weight. It’s 200 kilograms (440 pounds) lighter than the BMW, and that’s a big difference.
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However, the extra lightness doesn’t translate into a series of easy victories for the Jaguar. The first quarter-mile drag race had the BMW getting a sizeable lead at the start. While the Jaguar is lighter, there wasn’t enough asphalt for it to regain the lead, giving the BMW a clear win. The second race was much closer, but the Jaguar won it, getting the better start of the two. The third race was much, much closer.
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Both get an excellent start, with the BMW pulling slightly ahead, though the Jaguar began reeling in the SUV to close the gap. But it wasn’t enough to get a lead. Instead, the final race ended in a draw. The only camera pointed at the finish line showed both appearing to cross at the same time. Not even the camera person was able to determine a winner, which is disappointing. The last race did not have decide the overall winner, but it did teach us that the BMW X6 M Competition is one quick crossover.
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