11 Quickest SUVs On The Market
Which ‘Super-SUV’ ranks on top?
There are SUVs currently on the market that zip from 0-100km/h faster than the fabled McLaren F1.
With vast improvements to engine technology and access to instant torque – courtesy of the EV revolution – the once cumbersome, brawny 4x4s more commonly associated with soccer mums and school pick-up, are now packed with plenty of get-up-and-go.
It’s left many asking, why do you need that much power? But that’s a whole other story. Instead at Robb Report we’ve said, ‘why not?’ and listed the 11 quickest accelerating SUVs on the market.
Bentley Bentayga Speed
Bentley claims the Bentayga Speed as the ‘fastest SUV in the world’ thanks to its frankly bonkers top speed of 306km/h. However, the 6.0 litre twin-turbo W12 engine which produces 467kW and 900Nm of torque can only (yes, only) shuttle the luxury SUV from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds. Still, it remains one of the more luxurious options on this list, and should be with a $491,000 price tag.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S / Coupe
Both the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and its Coupe counterpart exhibit astonishing levels of speed. With a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds it doesn’t dawdle thanks to its 450kW 850Nm 4.0 litre V8 and 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system launching the 2475kg beast to a top speed of 280km/h, with a little (16kW) help from hybrid tech. Locally the luxury SUV starts at $220,600 for the wagon and $225,500 for the coupe.
BMW X5 /X6 M Competition
The BMW X5 M and X6 are a twin pairing, the M-badge wearing SUVs – in this instance arriving with ‘competition badges’ – have twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8s (adapted from the M8 Competiton). Here, they boast 460kW and 760Nm of torque propelling the SUVs from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. However locally, only four of each will be available from a total of 500 available worldwide and will set you back $209,000 for the X5 and $213,900 from the X6.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid
As we hurry to the pointy end of this list, hybrid power begins to emerge. Here, the Porsche Cayenne arrives with a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 paired with the electric motor system to provide a combined 500kW. When fitted with the Chrono Sports Package, Porsche’s flagship SUV rockets from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds and eventually a top speed of 295.4km/h. Locally, the models are priced at $292,000 for the ‘wagon’ and $297,900 for the coupe respectively.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo will forever be the darling of motoring enthusiasts, and although an SUV is miles away from the lithe ‘spiders’ of arguably the marques prime, the Stelvio is something to truly consider. When brandished with the Quadrifoglio badge the Stelvio musters 375kW and 600Nm from its 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6. At a relatively light 1830kg, it sends the SUV from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. And, as one of the most affordable cars on the list at $146,950, there’s plenty of dash for your dollar.
Audi RS Q8
The Audi RS Q8 is a statement of size and speed. The hefty RS model borrows the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol (with a touch of hybrid) from the RS7 Sportback for an output of 441kW and 800Nm. The hefty donk is capable of sending the RS Q8 from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds and past 200km/h in just 13.7 seconds (electronically) capping out at 250km/h. The German marques flagship SUV costs $208,500.
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
Perhaps a surprising addition to this list comes the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. Now, we’re not too sure about ‘Mustang’ being associated with hauling the kids to and from soccer, however, this electric SUV has the performance to pull it off. The dual motors produce 342kW and 850Nm of torque taking it from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds – and silently. The GT’s top speed is limited to just 200km/h. Sadly, the first versions of the Mach-E won’t be arriving in Australia.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Jeep brings a formidable challenger to the super-SUV domain. Well, we mean the engine out of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat – the 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V8 capable of 527kW and 881Nm of torque. It’s a raucous, gas-guzzling speed demon that – despite its 2.4-tonne frame – speeds to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds. Priced at $139,500 before on-road costs.
Naturally, one expects the Raging Bull’s 4×4 foray to make the list. Here, arguably the most ostentatious SUV on the market is powered by a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 478kw and 850Nm which rockets the SUV from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and tops out at 305km/h. Unnecessary? Maybe, but it remains an incredibly desirable addition to the Lamborghini family. Priced from $390,000.
Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
The recently revealed 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat storms its way towards the top of this list as the most powerful petrol-powered SUV on the market. Producing 530kW with a 4000kg towing capacity the 6.2-litre V8 travels from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds. Unlike its Trackhawk cousin, there are currently no plans to offer the Durango in Australia.
The Tesla Model X doesn’t have the ostentatious looks of the Lamborghini, or the ridiculously loud HEMI power of the Jeep, but that won’t stop this seven-seater travelling 0-100km/h in a mind-bending 2.7 seconds. The kidney squashing acceleration comes via 580kW producing dual electric engine with 1140Nm at its disposal. Tesla’s Model X Performance starts at $176,918.