Trucks & SUVs

These Are the 6 Fastest 2021 SUVs

Switching from a sports car to a family SUV doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up speed. To showcase this, we’re looking at some of the fastest family SUVs currently available for sale. Motor1 recently published a comprehensive of over 20 fastest SUVs, and today we’re listing off the top six. The fastest of these super SUVs will most likely surprise you.

What is the difference between quick and fast SUVs?

Tesla Model X with doors open
Tesla Model X | Tesla

Before we dive in, it is important to clarify that we are looking purely at the fastest SUVs, meaning those with the highest top speed. On the other hand, a quick SUV would be one with a rapid 0-60 time. In that vein, the 2021 Tesla Model X is the quickest SUV currently on sale. According to Tesla, the Model X can reach 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds.

2021 Aston Martin DBX – 181 mph

2020 Aston Martin DBX SUV | Aston Martin-0
2020 Aston Martin DBX SUV | Aston Martin

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Starting off this list of SUVs, we have the 2021 Aston Martin DBX, an unusual contender given that it is the brand’s first SUV. According to Aston Martin, power comes from a Mercedes AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The DBS’ max output comes out to 542 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine rockets the DBS to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 181 mph. Prices for the DBX start at $176,900.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid – 183 mph

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S-E Hybrid | Porsche

Next up, we’ve got the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. Aside from being a mouthful to pronounce, the lengthy name signifies this SUV is a hybrid. According to Porsche, power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 combined with an electric motor. Total output comes in a 670 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. The $163,200 Turbo S E-Hybrid can reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and continue to a top speed of 183 mph.

2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo – 187 mph

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo
2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo | Maserati

Next, we’ve got one of two Italian SUVs on this list with the 2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo. According to Maserati, the Levante gets its power from a twin-turbo V8. Unlike the other SUVs, the Maserati utilizes a Ferrari-sourced 3.8-liter engine. Despite being slightly smaller, total output is still an impressive 580-hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. The Levante Trofeo can reach 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds and continue to a top speed of 187 mph. Prices for the Levante start at $169,980.

2021 Lamborghini Urus – 189.5 mph

Continuing the trend of supercar manufacturers building SUVs, we’ve got the 2021 Lamborghini Urus. According to Lamborghini, under the Urus’ hood lives an Audi-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 650 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Despite being a massive SUV, the Urus reaches 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and continues to a top speed of 189.5 mph. It is important to specify the speed exactly without rounding up because just .5 mph separates the top three fastest SUVs. Prices for the 2021 Urus start at $203,995.

2021 Audi RS Q8 Р189.5 mph

The front 3/4 view of a green 2020 Audi RS Q8
2020 Audi RS Q8 front 3/4 | Audi

If the 2021 Audi RS Q8 looks slightly like the Lamborghini, that’s because they are SUV siblings. Both the Lamborghini and the Audi benefit from the same architecture and powertrain. However, according to Audi, the RS Q8’s twin-turbo V8 makes slightly less power at 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Regardless, the fast Audi reaches 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and continues to a top speed of 189.5 mph. Despite matching the Urus’ top speed, the RS Q8 starts at a much cheaper $114,500.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed – 190 mph

A photo of the Bentley Bentayga on the road.
Bentley Bentayga Speed | Bentley

As mentioned earlier, the difference between the three fastest SUVs comes down to just .5 mph. According. to Bentley, the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest SUV with a top speed of 190 mph. Unlike the V8-powered SUVs in this list, the Bentayga Speed utilizes a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 developing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The Bentayga speed can reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and continues onto a top speed of 190 mph.

Aside from the savage speeds, what’s most surprising about the Bentayga Speed being the world’s fastest SUV is that it comes from a luxury carmaker. So if you’re looking for the fastest super SUV, Bentley currently holds the throne.