SUVs have reached the zenith of their fame and competence, and they’re becoming increasingly fashionable, tough, and idealistic among a diverse group of drivers. The journey, on the other hand, was never easy, especially at first, when it was ridiculed for its poor speed and acceleration and mockingly referred to as ‘boxes on wheels.’
These robust, utilitarian vehicles have undergone major transformations to become more powerful, appealing, and fuel-efficient than ever before.
Almost every car manufacturer now offers an SUV. As a result of greater competition, SUVs have gained some incredible features and peak speeds, and their use has expanded beyond off-roading to include luxury, superior ride handling, comfort, and performance. Some of these SUVs are powerful enough to outrun sports cars on the drag strip.
Range Rover Sport SVR
Fortunately, Land Rover has produced a slew of SUVs with unique features and enough power to outpace many sports cars, with the Range Rover Sport SVR being the finest of the bunch.
This raging SUV is boldly styled with a separate body-colored carbon fiber hood and, thanks to the greater SVR dynamic response and SVR sport suspension, can corner flatter and faster than any of its cousins, making its performance even more wild.
The SVR is a beast, with a wild 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine producing a strong 518 horsepower in regular mode and a whopping 575 horsepower in all-out mode. It has a top speed of 176 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Furthermore, the engine’s throaty growl is amplified by its active exhaust system, which has two-stage electronically controlled valves.
Aston Martin DBX
The DBX, Aston Martin’s first SUV, represents a new breed of Aston Martin based on elegance, grandeur, and driving dynamics. The latest five-seater classic from the British company is a perfect blend of elegance, power, and technology.
Its superb off-roading capability, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera system, leather-lined handmade interior, automatic high lights, and programmable ambient lighting reward adventurous excursions.
The hot sport-ute is powered by a modified version of the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 petrol engine found in the Vantage and DB11 and is based on a one-of-a-kind all-aluminum basis. That combination produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, good for a 4.3-second time to 60 mph and a top speed of 181 mph.
It also teamed with Mercedes C63 S AMG as the official Formula One medical car in 2021.
Audi is known for developing high-performance vehicles, and the manufacturer has continued this tradition by making their enormous meaty SUV even more insane. The Audi SQ7, a beautiful, fast, sportier, arguably the greatest SUV that emanates a sense of success, has replaced the Audi Q7 as the more aggressive brother.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine in this athletic power machine produces 500 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph.
The petrol engine incorporates cylinder on-demand technology, which reduces fuel consumption by temporarily turning off half of the cylinders at low speeds.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Finally, Jeep released the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, their most sophisticated, powerful, and fastest SUV. This American SUV can easily compete with the best of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini in terms of acceleration and performance.
This race-tuned beast comes equipped with a unique launch control system that enhances track performance as well as Brembo brakes for exceptional braking.
Thanks to Dodge’s supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine from the Hellcat, which produces 707 horsepower, this high-riding truck makes up for its lack of off-road performance with blistering speed, reaching 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds, similar to a Jaguar F-Type SVR with a top speed of 180 mph. Many exotic sports cars would be embarrassed by that figure.
Mercedes-AMG G 63
Mercedes-AMG enhanced the G-class to create the G 63, the ultimate performance vehicle. It’s been a beast with a brawny appearance that combines significant off-roading with blistering acceleration and outstanding ride control since its birth.
It comes with a long list of high-tech features, including lane keep assist, adjustable damping suspension, adaptive cruise control, and an off-road driving mode.
A 12.3-inch infotainment display, wireless smartphone charging pad, 64-color LED ambient lighting, an analog clock designed by IWC, and an AMG performance steering wheel are all standard features inside the cabin.
A customized AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine produces 577 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 149 mph.
Maserati Levante Trofeo
The term “trophy” comes from the Italian word “trofeo,” and this Maserati Levante trim certainly deserves one. The SUV’s cockpit has all the elegance and technology of a high-end sedan, with carbon fiber shifter paddles and sports foot pedals showcasing the SUV’s racing pedigree.
It also has adaptive LED matrix headlights and 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, taking sportiness and flair to new heights.
The dynamic Italian sports utility vehicle is powered by a re-engineered 580 hp twin-turbo V8 engine developed in collaboration with Ferrari, which is a more powerful version of the engine found in the Quattroporte GTS and capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 187 mph.
Only the race-bred, limited series MC12 had a more powerful engine, a naturally aspirated 630 horsepower V12, throughout its century-long career.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The Stelvio SUV’s high-performance Quadrifoglio model is an outstanding performance machine, and Alfa Romeo’s first attempt at developing an SUV is a competitive one. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has been updated with an amazing autonomous level 2 driving system, which gives the ideal balance of driving fun and intelligent support, in addition to its sporting qualities.
The 2.9-liter V6 bi-turbo engine in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio sprints down the road and smashes through curves with amazing composure, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds with standard all-wheel drive. The sports SUV, according to Alfa Romeo, can reach a top speed of 176 miles per hour.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Thanks to excellent visibility and a remarkably nimble chassis, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo can cover ground faster than many other sports cars, from point to point and in any weather.
This hot-rodded SUV offers a wide variety of capabilities and a level of style that few others can match.Among the noteworthy features are auto-dimming mirrors, massaging front seats, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, and a heated steering wheel.
The Cayenne Turbo is now powered with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 541 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates quicker than both the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and topping out at 178 mph.
Porsche Active Suspension Management, forward-collision warning, park assist, four-zone climate control, and automated emergency braking are just a few of the tech features.