SPORT UTIL­ITY VE­HI­CLES ARE SIM­PLY

New Zealand LCV - - TOP 5 -

fam­ily trans­port, right? They cer­tainly used to be when they en­tered the mar­ket in the 1990s. Now 20 years on, the prac­ti­cal­ity and pop­u­lar­ity of the SUV has not only main­tained, it’s grown mas­sively to where the likes of Porsche’s Cayenne helped save the com­pany. Now with the likes of Alfa Romeo and even Lam­borgh­ini get­ting in on the cur­rent love of large SUVS, car­mak­ers have also re­alised there’s a mar­ket for fast de­riv­a­tives, too. Like the halo sports car, they may not sell in large num­bers, but they help boost the pro­file of the brand, and tell a great story along the way. That the ‘slow­est’ SUV here runs 0-100km/h in 3.8 sec­onds speaks vol­umes that in 2018, per­for­mance cars ar­rive in a whole new way. And the fastest one does it in a whole new world.

5 ALFA ROMEO STELVIO QUADRIFOGLIO 0-100KM/H: 3.8 SEC­ONDS

With the Stelvio launch­ing re­cently, we’re yet to of­fi­cially see the top-spec model in NZ, but it’s worth wait­ing for. Pow­ered by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that was co-de­vel­oped with Fer­rari, it pro­duces 375kw and 600Nm push­ing through the rear wheels un­til the front wheels need it, mak­ing for ex­tremely sports car-like han­dling, and aided by a rel­a­tively light weight of 1830kg. The Quadrifoglio (Ital­ian for fourleaf clover) is also the Nur­burg­ing SUV lap record holder at 7min:51.7 sec­onds.

MERCEDESAMG 4 GLC 63 S 0-100KM/H: 3.8 SEC­ONDS

Push­ing an iden­ti­cal 0-100km/h time as the Alfa, the Merc jumps a spot on a dou­ble count­back, of­fer­ing the same 375kw as its Ital­ian coun­ter­part, but upping the torque to­tal to 700Nm thanks to its use of a twin­turbo 4.0-litre V8, which helps over­come its 2010kg kerb weight for the same 3.8-sec­ond sprint to 100.

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