Sports Utility Vehicles or SUV’s as they are commonly known, were never renowned for speed. They were good large vehicles and were generally considered to be more of a utility car rather than one associated with fast driving. However their growing popularity has made car manufacturers realise that if fast driving can also become one of their attributes then the SUV’s will become vehicles of choice for money.
Here are the top ten fastest SUV’s for 2011. We judged them with regards to their top speed and 0 to 60 times.
1. BMW X6m:
BMW claim that this is the fastest SUV available in the market and with a speed of zero to sixty in 4.3 seconds, the claim seems to be absolutely correct. The cost is a massive $ 88,900, and at 5000 lbs it is one of the heaviest vehicles in this list. But with BMW’s superb engine power behind it, it is a great machine.
2. BMW X5m:
Another product from the BMW stable, this ute is also a great machine. Slightly slower and heavier than the X6, it is however backed by the reputation of BMW’s excellent craftsmanship. BMW’s zero maintenance facility makes it virtually cost-free with regards to any maintenance problems which may arise.
3. Porsche Cayenne Turbo X:
Sleek and sporty, this beauty has been in the forefront of the SUV field for many years. Even the cost factor of $ 104,700 does not seem to deter those who feel it is one of the best SUV’s available. It’s twin turbo-charged V8 engine generates 500-hp with twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8, for a zero to 60 speed in 4.4 seconds.
4. Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG:
Mercedes Benz has been renowned for luxury and speed and quality. They have maintained their excellent quality in this V8, 6.3 litre 503 horsepower engine, It has a maximum speed of 155 mph, which may not be as high as the other SUV’s but it is still good enough to make this list.
5. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8:
The fastest model made by Jeep, it breaks all the myths that Jeep only has slow lumbering vehicles in it’s roster. It has a 420 horsepower, 6.4 litre V8 engine and can streak from zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds. It’s price of $ 45,000 makes it a very good buy in this category.
6. Range Rover Sport 5 Supercharged:
A fancy price of $ 115,000 makes this one of the more expensive SUV’s available in the market. It has a 510 horsepower V8 engine and it combines Range Rover’s quality with a speed of zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds.
7. Audi Q7 V12 TDI:
The Audi Q7 V12 TDI was developed by Audis Quattro GmbH high-performance division, and Audi even considered officially dubbing it an RS model. This 6.0-liter V-12 is completely new, but it shares components with Audis family of V-6, V-8, and V-10 engines. It produces 500 horsepower and 758 pound-feet of torque (1000 Nm). The crossover is capable of hitting 62 mph in 5.5 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155 mph.
8. Infiniti FX 50S:
The only Japanese model which has made it’s entry in the Top Ten list, it has a price tag of around $ 43,000. At that price it is an attractive buy and many believe it to be good alternative to the pricier BMW models.
9. Cadillac Escalade:
The largest SUV in the market, it is roomy, comfortable and combines luxury and space with speed. The size of the vehicle belies it’s speed of zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds. It offers you everything that you are looking for in an SUV, and also satisfies the desire for a faster driving vehicle
10. Chevy Trailblazer SS:
A great family car, the Chevy Trailblazer combines the speed of a Corvette with the comfort and space of an SUV. A 6.0 liter engine, 395 horsepower engine, and a price tag of below $ 40,000, makes this an excellent choice when looking for a fast SUV.