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The new BMW X5 4.8iS is a machine with a mission. Its predecessor, the 4.6, had the sport-ute performance crown pretty much to itself. But, now X5 has to live up to Porsche's new Cayenne Turbo and its kissing cousin, Touareg V10 TDI.

Cayenne will storm to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds on the Reef, race to a 15.6 quarter-mile at 170km/h, pull from 80 to 120km/h in 5.1 seconds and from 120 to 160 in 6.2. But, it costs one-and-a-half million bucks.

Touareg V10 runs a 7.2 second 0-100, a 15.4 second quarter at 149km/h, and pulls from 80 to 120 in 6.5 and from 120 to 160km/h in 9.7 seconds. It costs ten grand under R700K, and it has another major advantage as no matter how we tried, we couldn't get it to use much more than 14l/100km. The Cayenne proved difficult to keep under thirty.

So X5 4.8iS had lots to prove when the beautiful blue example arrived at our door.

The X5 carries the subtle, but significant, X5 facelift along with a new BMW M tweaked 4.8-litre version of Munich's ingenious Valvetronic V8 lump. It churns out 265kW at 6200rpm and a chunky 500Nm at 3600rpm, and is mated to a superbly interactive intelligent autobox and x-Drive AWD, which offers as positive an effect to on-road manners as it does off road.

The blue theme is carried on into the cabin, and once inside the differences between X5 and its rivals are obvious. Like its M siblings, iS melds driver with car — car and driver immediately feel like one in typical M-like tautness. Somehow BMW has made its little truck feel far more M5-like than if you were to compare Cayenne to 911 or the Touareg to GTI.
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http://motoring.iafrica.com/carsinaction/fast_impressions/354580.htm
 

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Its not a bad article, I'll read anything written intelligently or otherwise about Tregs. Personally in the first little bit there he makes a mistake comparing the Treg to the gti - in my mind this is a first real attempt by VW to go the lux route - I'm not a long term VW owner though so I may be mistaken. I'm not familiar with the gti's, but are they really comparable to a 911 or m5?


One thing I think they missed out on is comparing the v8 to the new x5 - the numbers would have been more similar in my opinion including the mpg. In my mind the v10 kicked the crap out of the x5 performance wise - the guy practically said as much but has something against tdi's it sounds like. I'm not saying my v8 is better than a v10 - if I had the scratch I'd be in one, but to me the comparision was already skewed to normally aspirated gas engines.
 

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I'm very familiar w/ GTIs (had one for 17 years and made every performance modification possible except forced induction) and 911s. The comparisons in this article don't make sense. More of ill-founded, misinformed oppinion rather than useful information. Looks like all the author is attempting to do is compare each brand's SUV against its own sports oriented car. The Cayenne Turbo is by far a stronger match for the M5 than the X5 and the Touareg is nothing like the GTI. An R32 would be a better comparison.

The author also overlooks the severe limitations of the X5 off-road. The X5 has been de-throned by the Cayenne/Touareg duo in many respects and it will take a lot more than a 4.8i model to catch up.
 

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JMikeF52 said:
Ummmm, this is a TOUAREG forum.
Are you confused?
No, I am not confused. Did that article have a comparison to the V10 Touareg?

I usually post any article that has anything about the Touareg. Usually there are many comparisons, as it would seem that Touareg is a "trend setter."

And if you think this was a mistake by me, then you should complain to Google.

If you want all the latest news on the Touareg, world wide, then sign up for a Google Alert:

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