Performance SUVs are often a hot topic in the automotive community. Either way, the Germans – among others – produced blazingly fast four-door minivans. Trackday’s The latest YouTube video pits the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupé against the BMW X5 M and X6 M50 to see who comes out on top.
Before we start a massive discussion in the comments, we’re well aware that the X5 outperforms the Porsche in the energy realm. The Cayenne’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 541 horsepower (403 kilowatts) compared to the X5 M, which comes with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 600 horsepower (447 kW). It might not seem like a big difference, but power is key when it comes to a half mile run.
Unlike most drag racing videos, the competition between Porsche and BMW begins with a 30 mph (48 km / h) race. Much to our surprise, the underdog Cayenne took home the first victory after the Bimmer missed a shift. However, the next race was much closer with the X5 M taking the win by around two car lengths.
The third and final race featured a guest appearance of a BMW X6 M50, but produced very similar results to the second competition. From a standing start, the X5 M was just too quick for the others – widening the gap between two cars with relative ease.
While the Bimmer proved victorious, it’s clear that the Porsche deserves a consolation prize for having the top exhaust rating. While both BMWs produce a very benign sound, it must be said that the Cayenne brings some personality to the table with its grumpy baritone soundtrack. Let us know which vehicle you would have in the comments below.