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Beijing SUV stars


If the future lies of the car market is to be determined by the Beijing Auto Show, then it surely is a great platform to launch new SUVs. Lamborghini, reportedly will be bringing along its SUV concept to the Beijing Auto Show and Ford is rumoured to be lifting the wraps off the production EcoSport. Yet, somewhere out of sight, a facelifted Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen with a bonkers AMG version and a go-faster Porsche Cayenne will share some of the limelight.

To begin with, Porsche is bringing the Cayenne GTS, essentially a slightly sportier looking and driving version that boasts of more power than a Cayenne S. Massaging the Cayenne's V8 has resulted in 20 more bhp, while a quick work on the underpinnings has led the GTS to sit 20 mm lower. Mated to Porsche's 8-speed PDK box, the dash to 96 kph is now 5.4 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the S while top speed is up by 3 kph.

Making it look the part wasn't tough - it gets 20-inch RS Spyder wheels (but no RS badging on the doors, mind you), new side skirts and some pretty cool colour options that should ideally be called lime green and wine red, but aren't. Cooler looking exhausts and some matt black finish add up to make the list of embellishments.

If you thought, though that Mercedes-Benz wasn't upto some mischief, well you are wrong. Take one shoe box of a G-Wagen and spice it up with a V12 motor that's good for 620 bhp. Yes, the grand daddy has got some serious muscle power and it's gunning for the 'most powerful production SUV' gong. The bi-turbo, V12 G65 AMG with 102 kgm of torque is too insane for words and we are sure, when we step behind the wheel, we are going to mumble something to the same effect. If 620 bhp is too much to handle, then the G63 AMG with a V8 under the hood is still good for 544 bhp. Interestingly this one comes with start-stop mode and is a tad more eco conscious, but no less capable of drawing rubber lines on the tarmac.

For the saner lot, there's always the G350 CDI and the G500 V8, though they won't be causing your heart to skip a beat anytime soon. Expect Porsche and Mercedes-Benz India to offer these nuttier SUVs in India sooner rather than later.