SUVs are designed to be practical and suitable for the whole family. Whether you want to travel around the country or comfortably run errands around town, SUVs have become one of the best options. While these cars are slowly becoming the most common type of car on the road, automakers have created a few high-performance versions that can outperform even the most modern, powerful cars.
Super SUVs have taken over the auto industry, with traditional brands like Ferrari rumored to be joining the event very soon. The Lamborghini Urus is often the first SUV that comes to mind when thinking of a high-performance SUV, but the truth is that there are quite a few other models available.
Interested in learning more about the most powerful SUV on the market? Here are 10 of the most powerful SUVs that would leave most muscle cars in their dust.
10 Lamborghini Urus
The Lamborghini Urus was one of the first super SUVs to hit the market. While many were initially skeptical about the Italian brand’s entry into the SUV market, Lamborghini managed to create something truly iconic. The Urus comes with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces an impressive 641 horsepower.
The Urus inherited much of its design and architecture from the Volkswagen Group. This included its V8 engine and infotainment system that can be traced back to Audi. The Urus was able to harness its power with a powerful aerodynamic design. This results in the SUV being able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
9 Bentley Bentayga
The Bentley Bentayga was released back in 2015 and the British brand has seen the British brand expand its offering to include SUVs. Bentley planned to create something luxurious, but it also included one of its most powerful powertrains. The Bentayga was offered with a V8, a V8 diesel, a massive 6.0-liter W12 engine and even a V6 hybrid.
The W12 powertrain was able to produce around 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The Bentayga has been significantly updated in 2020 with a modern exterior and many new features inside the cockpit. This included Bentley’s latest infotainment system along with dynamic driver modes and driver aids to make driving even safer.
8 Audi RS Q8
The Q8 is the largest and most luxurious SUV from Audi. As the pinnacle of the Q range, the Q8 comes with every luxury feature you can imagine. These include the most powerful engine options as well. The RS Q8 takes this even further with a sporty exterior package that delivers more performance than most sports cars on the road.
The RS Q8 comes with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can produce 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The engine and many components in the RS Q8 are shared with the Lamborghini Urus. These features allow the SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
7 BMW X5 M.
The BMW branded X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle is the definitive, high-performance version of the X5. The X5 M comes with a unique exterior appearance and a fully upgraded powertrain to make it one of the most powerful BMW cars on the market.
The X5 M comes with the optional Competition Package that produces 617 horsepower through a twin-turbo V8. This includes four water pumps, six radiators, and a dedicated transmission cooler. The X5 M also comes with a number of performance upgrades such as racing suspension, larger brakes, and a powerful all-wheel drive system to send power to all four wheels.
6 Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S Coupe
The GLC 63 S Coupe was designed to be the most powerful SUV from Mercedes-Benz. The GLC is available as either a sports coupe or a traditional SUV. The coupe version of the GLC 63 S comes equipped with Mercedes’ 4MATIC technology and a powerful 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that can produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The GLC 63 S Coupe is a proper AMG and comes with the same attention to detail you’d expect from the performance department. The SUV comes with dynamic driver modes including a powerful launch control system to get you off the line in the blink of an eye. The GLC 63 S takes advantage of this technology to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
5 Mustang Mach-E GT
The Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s answer to the Tesla Model Y and Model X. The all-electric SUV comes with performance and style to satisfy any gearhead still skeptical about the power of electric cars. The Mach-E GT is the high-performance version of the Mach-E and comes with a more aggressive look and added performance.
The Mach-E GT takes advantage of its electric powertrain to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. This makes it faster than the Lamborghini Urus. With an estimated range of around 270 miles, the high-performance SUV is incredibly practical for everyday use.
4 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is indeed a powerful SUV. However, the Trackhawk version takes this to a whole new level. The Trackhawk has a more aggressive exterior but also comes with a 6.2-liter V8 that can produce 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque.
The Trackhawk version of the Grand Cherokee is still a practical Jeep with a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. Jeep also included a number of other track-focused features such as the powerful launch control system and Brembo brakes. This gives your Grand Cherokee the stopping power to go any track in the world.
3 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
The Cayenne is known as the largest and most powerful SUV from Porsche. While many are aware that the Turbo and E-Hybrid models are incredibly powerful, the Turbo GT is by far the most impressive car in its range. The Turbo GT comes with an impressive 631 hp engine with a top speed of 186 mph.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT can be configured with the Sport Chrono Package to add even more performance to the super SUV. This allows the SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The Turbo GT includes a number of improvements over the rest of the range such as a more aggressive exterior package, an impressive powertrain, and a variety of driver technical improvements to add track performance to the overall package.
2 Aston Martin DBX707
The luxury SUV market has exploded over the past few years. While brands such as BMW and Mercedes have always offered cars in this segment, luxury manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Bentley and even now Aston Martin have entered the event. The Aston Martin DBX offers luxury, as well as impressive performance that cannot be ignored.
Aston Martin included a high-performance version of the DBX, the DBX707. This version of the SUV comes with a 707-horsepower engine that can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds. This makes it one of the fastest SUVs on the market today.
1 Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X Plaid is an all-electric SUV known for its impressive acceleration. This version of the Model X comes with a maximum power of about 1020 horsepower. This allows the SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds along with the ability to smash the quarter mile in under 10 seconds.
The interior of the Model X is minimal in design. The cabin is dominated by a single touchscreen infotainment system that controls the entire vehicle. Tesla includes tons of high-end materials inside the cockpit to create a simple and elegant design.