When two titans clash

When two titans clash

The above headline makes one think of the legendary reggae classic hit we enjoyed in high school in the 80s, titled when” two sevens clash”.

The 1977 hit was composed by a group called Culture.

It is one of the most memorable songs of that era. It was motivated by Culture’s “Two Sevens Clash,” a reference to July 7, 1977, a date predicted by Marcus Garvey that there will be chaos in Jamaica.

Many Jamaicans stayed indoors that day and Culture’s hit song captured the mood of the time.

On July 7, 1977 – the day when sevens fully clashed (seventh day, seventh month, seventy-seventh year) a hush descended upon Kingston; many people did not go outdoors, shops closed, and an air of foreboding and expectation filled the city. The government was at sixes-and-sevens, and so was the economy. When two sevens clash can there be an outright winner? Who will you put your money on? It’s difficult to choose. After all a seven is a seven.

Life is about competing decisions. We are inundated with the need to make a choice, especially when two titans clash. Such is the case when you have to choose between the Mercedes Benz GLS and the Land Rover Range Rover.

If safety is your concern, the GLS is blessed with pre-crash front seatbelts that tighten spontaneously in the event the vehicle identifies a looming crash. The Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.


You can fit the GLS with optional infrared detectors that assist to detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a night vision system.


However, both vehicles come with front airbags for driver and passenger, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.


The GLS has more powerful engines than the Range Rover. GLS 450 3.0 turbo V6 comes is loaded with 269 Kw compared to the Range Rover 3.0 which has 253 Kw pushing it. The GLS 550 4.7 turbo V8 comes with 372 Kw compared to Range Rover HSE 3.0 Supercharged which has 283 Kw. The Mercedes AMG 63 5.5 V8 turbo has 430 Kw compared to the Range Rover Supercharged/Autobiography, which is loaded with 386 Kw.


The Range Rover SV Autobiography still falls short compared to the AMG 63 5.5 turbo on take-off. It has 430 Kw. The GLS will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5, 8 seconds whilst the Range Rover will cover that in 6.3 seconds. Numbers do not lie, but they are not the only aspect you concider when choosing between the two titans.


The Range Rover has an eight speed automatic gearbox compared to a nine-speed automatic, which is available on the Mercedes GLS, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway.


The GLS has brake rotors that are larger than those in the Range Rover. This provides for better stopping. Front rotors in a GLS are 35cms compared to 34.7cms in a range Rover TD6.


However, the Range Rover 283 Kw 5.0 has the best rear rotors of 36.6cm compared to 36cms mounted on the AMG GLS 63. According to Motor Trend, from a speed of 100 to 0 kmh the GLS will stop within 115 feet compared to the range rovers 118 feet.


For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLS’ wheelbase is 15.4 cms longer than on the Range Rover (307cms vs. 292 cms). The AMG GLS 63 handles at .84 G’s, while the Range Rover Supercharged pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force during a skidpad test.


A figure eight test will show that the AMG GLS 63 executes the manoeuver quicker than the Range Rover HSE at 26.8 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s. The Range Rover has a sophisticated suspension setup that lifts and lowers as needed, high-tech computer controlled four-wheel-drive modes, and locking differentials designed to get you unstuck should all else fail. It is better in the rocks and muck than the Benz.


For greater off-road capability, the GLS has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover of 31.8 vs. 29.4 cms offered by the Range Rover, allowing the GLS to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. Heated windshield washer fluid is optional on the GLS to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Range Rover doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GLS has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover doesn’t offer extendable visors.


According to studies by Consumer Reports and others, Mercedes owners have the second-most-expensive repair bills on average, behind only BMW. Land Rover was exactly average among all makes. So this makes the Landrover cheaper to maintain in the long run than the Mercedes this is after 3 years in use.

Let’s not pretend that the Merc wins all the way. Land Rover has a lovely sense of solidity. The leather quality is second to none, the digital gauge cluster is clear and crisp than in a Merc. It has so much room inside. It is very British, and proper.  One cannot ignore the fact that Range Rover is the original luxury SUV and is equally as capable on the highway and bad roads. Many competitors have entered the market since then and Range Rover remains a strong contender whenever you are concidering purchasing a luxury SUV. Life is full of choices but when two titans clash, there can only be one winner.

Culture belted it out back 1977!


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