10 Fastest SUVs On The Market
Which marque takes top-speed honours in the ‘super-SUV’ class.
The once humble SUV is now the cornerstone of many luxury automotive marques. Even the stubborn Italians at Ferrari have succumbed to the speed at which the SUV sector is growing with the car world awaiting the arrival of the Purosangue.
As the want in the market grows for bigger and more luxurious cars, so too does the battle between marques for the fastest SUV on the road.
Below, we’ve rallied together the 10 SUVs with the highest top speeds on the market.
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 and tops out at an impressive 290km/h. Priced at $139,500 before on-road costs.
BMW Alpina XB7
Yes, you can now, thanks to the BMW Alpina XB7 use three rows of seating at 290km/h. Not that we necessarily recommend it, but thanks to the Alpina treatment, the XB7 produces 456kW and 800Nm taking the behemoth from 0-100 km/h In just 4.2 seconds. It is priced at $264,000 plus on-roads
Bentley Bentayga V8
Big and brawny, the Bentley Bentayga V8 weighs in at 2371kg. Yes, all that wood panelling and animal hide within comes with a cost beyond the actual money paid (some $364,800). Yet despite the heft, the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 — that generates 404kW and 770Nm of torque — shifts the best to a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds, with the SUV boasting a mega top speed of 290km/h.
Aston Martin DBX
Introduced in 2020, the long-teased Aston Martin DBX sped to the British marques top spot, becoming the fastest selling vehicle in its heady fleet with little effort. Here, the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 (with Aston Martin tweaks) produces 405kW and 700Nm of torque. When paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox that feeds all four wheels, the power sends to car from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 291km/h.
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.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
According to Maserati’s marketing guff, they want you to ‘be the storm’ — probably because the Levante Trofeo, the marque’s flagship goes like lightening. The 3.8-litre V8 offers one of the best exhaust notes on the market and produces 472kW and 730Nm. That’s enough to send the $356,000 SUV from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and with a top speed of 304km/h. Thunderous.
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.
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) capping out at 305km/h. The German marques flagship SUV costs $208,500.
Bentley Bentayga Speed
Bentley’s Bentayga speed was once the fastest SUV in the world, with an eye-watering top speed of 306km/h thanks to its 6.0 litre twin-turbo W12 engine, which is capable of producing 467kW and 900Nm of torque. At 2508kg, it’s almost unseemly that a car that big can move to such speeds, but with an MSRP of $514,400 you’d expect some bang for your buck.
Aston Martin DBX707
The most recently released model on this list, is too the fastest. Here, an uprated version of the DBX’s familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 (from Mercedes-AMG), now produces a staggering 520kW and 900Nm of torque. It sends the now fastest SUV in the world from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds and to a top speed of 311km/h. Prices start from $428,400.
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