There’s no denying that SUVs have been all the rage for the past few years. The popularity of this segment has recently grown exponentially, and today every automaker has a variety of SUVs of various sizes to choose from. As the segment grows, so does the technology offered, as does the speed. However, for many SUVs are synonymous only with space, comfort and size, but never with speed. On the other hand, there are those enthusiasts who need speed even behind the wheel of a large, bulky SUV.
High-speed SUVs today are proof of how far the automotive world has come. Not only do these giant vehicles have powerful engines, but they can handle breaths when they need to. In fact, there are several SUVs on the market today that could beat the best sports cars, leaving owners of the latter wondering if they ever entered an interstate race in any of these 10 sleeper SUVs.
10/10 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is truly an extraordinary SUV. This large SUV can accommodate a family comfortably and also has great road manners if you decide to take a short interstate trip.
However, the real power lies in the SRT badge, as it communicates just how powerful the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is. Armed with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, the SRT Jeep puts out a whopping 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. These figures are enough to propel the large SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
9/10 BMW X5 M
A great luxury family SUV, the BMW X5 has always been one of the best SUVs on the market every model year. However, things get a lot faster when the X5 receives an “M” badge from the German marque’s motorsport department.
A phenomenal sleeper SUV, the X5 M looks deceptively family-oriented. A look under the hood, however, will change any assumption about that, thanks to the gigantic 4.4-liter V8 engine that powers the X5M. Developing a monstrous 600 hp, the X5M accelerates from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds, hitting the 60 mph mark in just 3.8 seconds.
8/10 Tesla Model X plaid
Do you really expect a simple-looking car like the Tesla Model X Plaid to become a 10-second car? To the uninitiated looking at the Model X Plaid on the highway, it will just be an old family man hauling car.
However, with a phenomenal 1,020 horsepower thanks to three engines, the Model X really does go from 0 to 60 mph in an incredible 2.6 seconds! You read that right – the Tesla Model X Plaid really can outrun a Ferrari 488 and not break a sweat.
7/10 Dodge Durango SRT
No one will deny that the Dodge Durango SRT is anything but a powerful automotive beast. However, this is one of the best sleepers money can buy, and we’re not just talking about SUVs either.
Definitely a family SUV, the Dodge Durango SRT is actually powered by a powerful V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower. This is enough to turn this huge SUV into an agile rocket that accelerates from zero to sixty in just 4.7 seconds.
6/10 Volvo V60 T8 Polestar Engineered
No one in their right mind would look at a station wagon and expect it to have the characteristics of a sports car. In fact, the Volvo V60 T8 family could pass for a plain Jane European hauler and nothing more.
However, the secret lies in the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter V60 T8 inline-four. With some extra support via the electric motor, the Polestar-developed Volvo V60 T8’s net output is 415 hp. and 494 lb-ft of torque, propelling the wagon from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. This is not the kind of car that someone would see in the rearview mirror.
5/10 Toyota RAV4 Prime
The Rav4 Prime is a hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4, and its absolute popularity in today’s market is quite understandable. The RAV4 Prime might fool you into thinking it’s just another Toyota SUV, but there’s power under the hood.
With its 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain, the RAV4 Prime gets some extra help from two electric motors. This helps the Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV achieve a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds, which, when you think about it, is only a second and a half behind the Toyota Supra itself.
4/10 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8
The XC40 Recharge P8 mini SUV is another Volvo that stands out in the lineup. Thanks to two electric motors, the Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 produces more than 400 horsepower and 486 lb-ft of torque.
Plus, the XC40’s 4,800-pound curb weight is actually light for an electric vehicle, giving it an excellent power-to-weight ratio, sending the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.
3/10 BMW iX M60
The BMW iX M60 is one of the most polarizing cars of recent times. Gearheads around the world are divided on whether or not it’s ugly, or whether it deserves the M badge despite being an electric car. Well, if the iX M60’s performance figures are any indication, the SUV certainly deserves the BMW-M badge, if not the crown.
Powered by an electric powertrain that produces 610 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque, this 6,000-pound behemoth of an SUV can go from 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds. Yes, it is quite normal to shake your head and raise your eyebrows in surprise.
2/10 Audi SQ7
The Q7 is one of Audi’s best-selling luxury SUVs in America. A big, fast and comfortable cruiser, the Audi Q7 is, of course, a favorite choice for many family buyers. However, for family enthusiasts, there’s always the Audi SQ7.
With all the luxury features and amenities of the Audi Q7, the SQ7 adds a powerful twin-turbo V8 on top. In fact, this is the same engine that VW installed in the Bentley Bentayga and the famous Lamborghini Urus. With 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, the Audi SQ7 can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, wowing drivers and anyone foolish enough to think it’s just another sluggish, clumsy SUV
1/10 Range Rover Sport P350
Land Rover’s latest Range Rover Sport is a good package in every sense of the word. Although Land Rover offers a variety of engine options for the Range Rover Sport, it’s the P530 trim that excites us the most, and will also surprise passers-by on the interstate.
With a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 under the hood, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport P530 should accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.3 seconds. So anyone who dismisses it as a snobbish luxury SUV that might crumple under its own weight will be pleasantly surprised to find that it handles like hell on the highway.