For the longest time, SUVs have been massive boxes whose main purpose is to either take you off-road or haul lots of heavy cargo. However, this has changed. SUVs are no longer the slow, boring cars we remember.
The new breed is all about acceleration, max speed and curvy edges. But how fast can they really go?
Let’s take a took at the fastest SUVs you can get today!
Bentley Bentayga Speed
Bentley has always built cars that want for nothing, which provide both insane speed and refined luxury and comfort. The Bentayga Speed continues this tradition.
Even though it’s an SUV, it makes full use of its immense 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 626 hp. It can go as fast as 190 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds.
The new Bentayga V8 offers a dynamic drive that alters all pre-conceptions of how an SUV should perform, reaching 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds before effortlessly powering on to a top speed of 190 mph.
But speed isn’t the only thing the car has to offer. It has polished metal, two-tone upholstery, fine leather, authentic wood and tons of cabin space.
The cabin practically feels like a five-star lounge. The fact that this much excess is coupled with breakneck speed makes the Bentayga Speed well worth its massive $260,000 asking price.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
What do you get when you combine two Italian car-making giants? The Maserati Levante Trofeo. This is a collaboration between Maserati and Ferrari to create one of the fastest SUVs in the world.
The SUV packs in a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which is practically the same engine as the one in the Ferrari 488.
Every Levante is powered by a twin-turbo V6 or V8 engine designed by Maserati Powertrain and built exclusively by Ferrari at their factory in Maranello, Italy.
However, the Levante Trofeo is much heavier than the Ferrari, so how does the engine’s performance translate? Rather well.
The SUV can easily accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can also reach a max speed of 16 mph. Not bad for a car that weighs over 2 tons without any person or luggage inside it.
Lamborghini is not known for making safe, conservative, practical cars. It’s carved out its own niche that’s full of sharp lines, aggression and obscene amounts of power. The Urus is no different.
This SUV has a 4-liter eight-cylinder V8 engine that churns out 641 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. This translates to acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph.
Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 650 CV and 850 Nm of torque, Urus accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 mph.
The Urus doesn’t look like any other SUV, and that’s fine with us. Its chiseled looks and massive proportions look suitably aggressive. But then again, that’s normal for most Lamborghini’s.
Costing over $222,000, it’s not cheap. But then again, it’s a Lamborghini that can go off-road.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
In terms of visual appearance, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is characterized by dramatic lines and aerodynamic curves, and when it comes to speed, it’s no slouch.
In fact, the Trackhawk outpaces even the fastest Range Rover SVAutobiography and the Porsche Cayenne. It’s also relatively affordable, costing under $89,000.
The Trackhawk® isn’t just a looker; under the hood, it’s a top-notch performer. Accelerating 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, Trackhawk boasts a Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine which powers up with a Launch Control and Torque Reserve System that also delivers a spectacular 11.6-second quarter-mile time.
It has a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine that produces a whopping 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. This results in the car accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a ridiculous 3.5 seconds—which is faster than many sports cars.
The Trackhawk can also reach a top speed of 180 mph. Not bad for a car that can also haul up to 7,200 pounds and is still more than capable off-road.
Tesla Model X
This car is a minor miracle. It’s fully electric, powered by two electric motors and costs just over $101,000.
It’s also the fastest SUV in the world and one of the fastest vehicles of all time, trading blows with supercars that cost ten times as much.
Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions, with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, adaptive air suspension and the quickest acceleration of any SUV on the road—from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
The Performance version of the Model X accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a mind-blowing 2.6 seconds and has a driving range of 305 miles.
This is an incredible achievement, and the Model X sets a benchmark that other car makers will struggle to match.
Related: 4 Of The Fastest Trucks In The World