SUVs are the typical family hauler of today, but what if you have a need for speed too? Here’s a couple of the fastest SUVs out there.
Life hits you fast. One moment you’re single behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang and then the next thing you know you’re shopping for an SUV with a wife and two kids. But just because you’re shopping for a modern-day family hauler doesn’t mean it can’t be a speedy sleeper. There are some brands out providing a service to people that want the utility of an SUV and while still being able to boast about having enough speed and acceleration to beat some sports cars.
For those that want that SUV convenience and a robust spec sheet, we’ve compiled some of the fastest SUVs you can find for sale in 2021. This doesn’t necessarily mean the quickest though, so the Tesla Model X Plaid that can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds won’t make the cut with its 163 mph top speed. Instead, these SUVs on our list still make great 0-60 times while having the potential to exceed 170 mph. While we’d never suggest attempting these kinds of speeds yourself, it’s cool that these SUVs have the capability to go so fast. Let’s check out the top 10 fastest SUVs of 2021.
First up is the slowest of the fastest, the 2021 BMW X6 M with the Competition Package. The X6 M Competition has a 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine making 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels and sends the car from 0-60 in 3.8s and allows it to reach a top speed of 177 mph. The M version of the X6 also adds BMW’s M xDrive for optimal 4WD adjustments, the intelligent M Sport Differential, a customizable M Suspension, and the 6-piston M compound brakes with ventilated, drilled brake discs.
We don’t get to ogle at Jaguars too much, but the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR gets a deserving spot on the fastest SUVs list. The F-Pace SVR is AWD with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 550 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers fall behind the BMW X6 M, but the F-Pace is nearly 500 lbs lighter, which allows it to reach 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and narrowly beat the BMW with a top speed of 178 mph. The SVR version also adds hood vents, side fender vents, a rear spoiler, and a revised bumper with larger air intakes.
Jeep is mostly known for being off-road oriented in the car world, but the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk flips the script. The Trackhawk trim comes in and lowers the Grand Cherokee ride height, adds performance-tuned Bilstein suspension parts, and drops the all-important 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI SRT V8 engine into the unassuming SUV. That SRT engine puts out 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This 4WD Jeep propels itself to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 180 mph. You could do the fastest Jeep wave ever in this thing.
Dodge‘s sales strategy seems to be adding Hellcat engines to whatever vehicle they can, and the Durango is no exception. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the largest SUV on the list and that supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine forces its way into the spot. You may notice it has the same engine as the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but the Durango has a less restrictive exhaust letting the engine hit 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This AWD behemoth hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can reach 180 mph. That’s similar to Jeep again, but the Durango is taking this one because that 3 extra horsepower could be vital in a heads up drag race. Maybe not, but Hellcat sounds cooler too.
Now, the 2021 Aston Martin DBX is where we get into the semantics of the fastest SUVs. The Aston Martin DBX 4.0-liter V8 engine generates 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of toque and sends the power to all four of its wheels. It reaches a top speed of 181 mph, but it’s time to get there is slower than the rest of the list with a 0-60 mph time taking 4.3 seconds. While the 2021 Aston Martin DBX may not beat the Durango SRT Hellcat in a quarter-mile, the DBX’s recorded top speed just narrowly beats it in our ranking.
The name Porsche is synonymous with speed, so it makes sense that the Porsche Cayenne is in the top 5 fastest SUVs. But it isn’t just a typical one, it’s the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid with the Sport Chrono Package. Porsche has found a way to make hybrids actually cool by squeezing every ounce of performance out of their setups. Inside the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid you’ll find a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine paired with a 100kW electric motor that combines for 670 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. This setup launches the Cayenne from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and allows it to reach a top speed of 183 mph. Definitely more fun than a Prius.
When people think of Maserati, one may picture the speedy coupe known as the GranTurismo, but did you know their current SUV is actually faster? The all-wheel-drive 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo packs a Ferrari built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 580 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. This Italian luxury SUV can run to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and tops out at 187 mph. The stats on this SUV with a Ferrari engine only makes us more excited for the potential that the rumored Ferrari Purosangue SUV will have. Maybe we can expect Ferrari on this list in 2022.
Bentley claims to have the fastest SUV in production right with the 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed. The Bentayga Speed has the most unique engine on the list with a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that makes 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. This 12-cylinder setup pushes the SUV from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and allows it to reach a top speed of 190 mph. It has got the speed and the high-end luxury features, but it’s not the only one reaching 190 mph right now. Bentley is in a three-way tie for 2021.
The best SUV from Audi is also one of the fastest right now. The 2021 Audi RS Q8 features the Quattro all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The luxury German SUV can make a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 190 mph if you jump for the Dynamic Package Plus. The Audi RS Q8 may be one of the fastest SUVs, but it has to share its top spot with Bentley and another SUV that shares the same platform.
The 2021 Lamborghini Urus is on the same Volkswagen Group MLB platform as the Audi RS and has a similar 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine as well. However, Audi is the pretender here as they’ve learned from Lamborghini’s success in the SUV market. The Urus is the better performer of the two with 641 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque. While it too is stuck in the three-way tie for the top speed of 190 mph, it has the fastest 0-60 mph time between them at 3.6 seconds. If acceleration is the tie breaker, then the Lamborghini Urus is the fastest SUV of 2021. Otherwise, pick your poison as they’re all fun rides.