The laws of physics, it seems, are becoming obsolete. How else could heavyweight SUVs throw down such staggering performance? It wasn’t so long ago that SUVs were boxes on wheels meant to maximize space for hauling people or cargo. Today, a new breed of quick (acceleration) and fast (top speed) SUVs is on the rise, a breed that emphasizes the “S” in the acronym. The fastest production SUVs can beat many sports cars, sometimes through corners and often on the dragstrip. To that end, here are the top 10 quickest SUVs from 0 to 60 mph ever tested by MotorTrend.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR: 3.7 Seconds
Jaguar’s midsize crossover looks sleek in any spec, but the range-topping SVR adds proper quickness to the dapper style. No stranger to supercharged V-8 engines, Jaguar fits a potent blown 5.0-liter under the SVR’s vented hood. With 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, the F-Pace SVR launches from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. That’s especially impressive considering the SUV’s all-season Pirelli tires, which we found to hinder handling and braking. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the F-Pace SVR become even quicker if shod with proper summer tires. Regardless, it’s quick, fast, sporty, noisy, and super fun.
Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack: 3.7 Seconds
When we first tested the Porsche Macan Turbo, its 400 hp and 406 lb-ft got it from 0–60 mph in 4.2 seconds. That’s good and quick, but it pales against what we got from one fitted with the optional Performance package, which wrings another 40 hp and 36 lb-ft from the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. It shaved a full half-second off the sprint for a 0–60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. Best of all, we found that with Porsche’s easy-to-use launch control, each run is nearly identical. Worst of all, that slice of speed comes at a dear price: The Performance package adds $10,500 to the already pricey—and fast—Macan Turbo. Worth it?
BMW X6 M: 3.7 Seconds
Even after a decade on the market and entering its third generation, the BMW X6 makes us ask: Why? Why take a capable and spacious X5 and chop the roof down? Style is the presumed answer, but that’s entirely subjective. Speed, however, can be measured and compared. In that regard a 3.7-second 0–60 mph run gives the X6 M a reason to exist. This hefty hunchback rockets off the line with 567 twin-turbocharged horsepower and combines performance and aesthetics in a way other automakers are keen to mimic. And if you still think an SUV should have as much utility as it does sport, the BMW X5 M is equally quick in the 0–60 mph sprint.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: 3.3 Seconds
Just look at the Alfa Romeo Stelvio—it’s gorgeous. Swooping curves and elegant proportions make it a real looker, but if you spot a four-leaf clover on the quarter panel, you should clear the way. This innocuous-seeming sprout indicates it’s the racy Quadrifoglio version, which launches from 0–60 mph in 3.3 seconds. It does that with the smallest engine of any SUV on this list; its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 505 horsepower. Not to mention, it’s a sublime handler. Style, speed, and emotion are hallmarks of Italian cars. Now, Alfa Romeo applies those to an SUV.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 3.3 Seconds
Jeep Grand Cherokee, meet Hellcat engine. Bolting that ridiculous 707-hp supercharged V-8 into an SUV seemed like destiny, and it came to fruition in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. What it sacrifices in off-road capability it gains in supreme speed, shrieking to 60 mph in a scant 3.3 seconds. Thanks to all-wheel drive, it’s actually the quickest of all the Hellcat-engined vehicles (except for the dragstrip-demolishing Dodge Demon), which struggle to put that prodigious power to the ground through the rear tires only. A catty SUV you can put your dogs in—imagine that.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 3.2 Seconds
Porsche wasn’t the first European manufacturer to build an SUV, but it was the one that brought performance into the equation. At this point the Cayenne Turbo is an institution, and it becomes quicker, sharper, and more capable with each generation, as is the Porsche way. These days the über-fast SUV hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, just as quick as a 997 911 Turbo. Note that this is merely the standard Cayenne Turbo with 541 hp and 567 lb-ft, not the Turbo S E-Hybrid with 670 hp and 663 lb-ft on tap—there may be acceleration to gain from electrification. The Cayenne was an originator, and it continues to push the fast-SUV segment forward.
Tesla Model X P90D: 3.2 Seconds
Remember when electric cars were seen as goofy appliances only tree huggers drove? How things have changed. Tesla sparked a paradigm shift in electric performance, and its Model X zaps almost everything in the SUV realm. Equipped with optional Ludicrous mode, this falcon-doored, American-made family hauler can “Space X” to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That it does it with only a quiet whirr from its dual motors adds to the surreal nature of the experience. Mainstream automakers are hard at work to build Model X competitors, but so far none has been anywhere near as quick.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S: 3.2 Seconds
Perhaps inspired by the X6, Mercedes-Benz took its popular GLC and coupe-ified it into a sloping four-door fastback. Then AMG got a hold of it, and the GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Coupe was unleashed on the world. We measured a 3.2-second 0–60 mph acceleration run, making it quite a bit quicker than even Mercedes-AMG’s V-12 flagship coupe models. Here’s an SUV, outsprinting some of the finest sport-luxury cars in the world—nothing makes sense anymore.
Bentley Bentayga Speed: 3.1 Seconds
The name says it all. The Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV, with a claimed 190-mph top speed. And it’s plenty quick getting there, too. We measured a 3.1-second 0–60 mph time, scarcely believable considering its tonnage. A 626-hp 6.0-liter W-12 can’t be wrong, though, and provides all that thrust amid opulence becoming of the flying B badge. Back off the throttle, and it’s as much of a luxury car you could ever ask for—step back on it to drop anyone on your tail.
Lamborghini Urus: 3.0 Seconds
With the Urus, Lamborghini transcended the performance SUV plane and established something new. It’s a genuine exotic SUV, with all the panache and power that makes it worthy of the raging bull on its hood. Its Porsche Motorsports-tuned 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is likely underrated at 641 hp and 627 lb-ft, but whatever the true power output, it lets the Urus charge to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds dead—making it the fastest-accelerating SUV we’ve ever tested.
Top 10 Fastest Accelerating SUVs 0-60 MPH Ever Tested by MotorTrend
- Jaguar F-Pace SVR: 3.7 Seconds
- Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack: 3.7 Seconds
- BMW X6 M: 3.7 Seconds
- Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: 3.3 Seconds
- Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 3.3 Seconds
- Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 3.2 Seconds
- Tesla Model X P90D: 3.2 Seconds
- Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S: 3.2 Seconds
- Bentley Bentayga Speed: 3.1 Seconds
- Lamborghini Urus: 3.0 Seconds
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