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It wasn’t so long ago that the concept of a fast SUV was entertaining, if inconsequential. Novelties like the GMC Typhoon and Lamborghini LM002 captured attention, but they were pebbles making small waves in a very big pond. Times have certainly changed, and to hammer that point home, consider this: it takes a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds to make the cut for our list of 20 fastest SUVs for 2022.

Speaking of fastest, we’re arranging this list according to manufacturer-stated 60-mph blasts as opposed to top speed. With varying degrees of electronic speed limiters and less-than-ideal aerodynamic profiles for SUVs, low-end acceleration is what defines this segment. That's not to say there aren't some properly insane SUVs in the group capable of reaching supercar velocities. For that reason, we also mention the top speed for every SUV here and crown one the undisputed king of speed, reaching 193 mph.

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Our list includes internal combustion and electric SUVs that are either available now, or very soon for the US market. The influx of electric power is shaking up the performance landscape in all genres, and with more on the way, this list will likely be quite different next year. Until then, here’s where we stand in the world of fast SUVs.

2022 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

A new Alpina XB7 just debuted with the facelifted X7 for the 2023 model year, but the current model is still absurdly fast for its size. With the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 tweaked to produce 612 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, it’s a three-row SUV that seemingly defies the laws of physics. Foot to the floor, the XB7 will keep going all the way to 180 mph.

However, the Alpina XB7 isn’t really a dedicated performance model. The luxury treatment is in full force here, from the rich interior to the suspension tuning that emphasizes comfort over corner carving. Of course, this all comes at a very hefty price – $141,300 to start. But as far as rarified, high-power SUVs go, it’s still cheaper than the Bentley Bentayga which arrives a bit later on this list.

0-60 miles per hour: 4.0 seconds
Power: 612 horsepower
Torque: 590 pound-feet
Top Speed: 180 mph

2022 Tesla Model X

2021 Tesla Model X

The electric invasion starts with the Tesla Model X. There are two versions of the three-row SUV for 2022 with distinct powertrain arrangements, and you can probably guess where the other one falls on this list. The Model X adventure starts with the dual-motor version, generating 670 hp and enough instant-on torque to shoot six passengers to 60 mph in under four seconds.

With a price of $126,990, it's hard to call this Model X entry-level. But it's certainly an SUV that stands out in a crowd.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.8 seconds
Power: 670 horsepower
Torque: N/A
Top Speed: 155 mph

2023 Maserati Grecale

2023 Maserati Grecale exterior

Having debuted in April 2022, Maserati’s long-awaited compact SUV is offered in a few flavors, though the hotter Trofeo is of particular interest to us. That’s where you get a version of the Nettuno twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 used in the MC20 supercar. It gives the suave Grecale 530 hp to dole out to all four wheels, and it offers a suspension setup that strikes a good balance for everyday use.

The entry-level model with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder starts at $64,995, but the Trofeo will be a tad more expensive than that. Exactly how much is still a mystery, as it’s so new that Maserati hasn’t announced Trofeo pricing yet. It will go on sale later in 2022.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.8 seconds
Power: 530 horsepower
Torque: 457 pound-feet
Top Speed: 177 mph

2022 Bentley Bentayga Speed

Bentley Bentayga Speed Exterior

Bentley was arguably the first premium luxury automaker to get into the SUV game with the Bentayga. The fastest example is the Bentayga Speed, which packs a 6.0-liter W12 producing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of twist. Alongside the Audi RS Q8 and Lamborghini Urus, the Bentayga reaches an astounding 190 mph.

It received a minor refresh in 2021, and in 2022, the company's Mulliner division created a one-off Bentayga Speed Space Edition with darkened trim and orange accents. Bentley doesn't list specific pricing for the Bentayga Speed, but it starts in the $240,000 range.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.8 seconds
Power: 626 horsepower
Torque: 664 pound-feet
Top Speed: 190 mph

2022 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Orange

Jaguar's handsome F-Pace received a minor update for the 2021 model year. Its tech-infused cabin gained larger digital screens while the smallest of facelifts graced the exterior. For the purposes of performance, the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 was massaged to produce 516 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower remained the same at 550, but changes to the transmission and aerodynamics helped with acceleration and speed.

As a result, the F-Pace SVR can reach 178 mph flat out, while hitting 60 mph in under four seconds. That's pretty good performance for a five-seater SUV with a starting price of $86,600.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.8 seconds
Power: 550 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet
Top Speed: 178 mph

2022 Audi RS Q8

2020 Audi RS Q8: First Drive

The flagship Audi Q8 received the RS treatment in 2021 and it's still a top speed monster capable of reaching 190 miles per hour. In addition to its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 making 591 hp, the big Audi also utilizes an upgraded suspension that incorporates active anti-roll bars to manage wayward motions.

With a starting price of just under $120,000, it's certainly not an inexpensive choice, but it costs considerably less than its exotic stablemate, the Lamborghini Urus.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.7 seconds
Power: 591 horsepower
Torque: 590 pound-feet
Top Speed: 190 mph

2022 BMW X3 M Competition / X4 M Competition

2020 BMW X3 M Competition

The BMW X3 is a good option for many different kinds of people, offering a range of turbocharged inline-four and inline-six engines, with a plug-in hybrid option available as well. The same can be said for its coupe variant, the X4. In M Competition guise, however, these are firebreathing SUVs with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six pumping out over 500 hp. Other enhancements include suspension and brake upgrades to make the most of the power, and the top speed reaches all the way to 177 mph.

For 2022, the BMW X3 M Competition starts at $77,100. The sleeker X4 M Competition will set you back a bit more, with prices starting at $80,600.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.7 seconds
Power: 503 horsepower
Torque: 553 pound-feet
Top Speed: 177 mph

2022 BMW X5 M Competition / X6 M Competition

2020 BMW X5 M Competition

BMW love continues with the X5 M Competition, arguably one of the best-known high-performance SUVs of them all, and its coupe variant, the X6 M. In Competition trim, its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 blisters the pavement with 617 hp, and the power is well-used with numerous M-infused chassis upgrades. That includes a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with a rear-drive bias, 15.6-inch front brakes, and numerous drive modes that offer a range of settings for comfort or corner carving.

Flat out, these Bimmers will reach 177 mph. Pricing starts at $115,400 for the X5 M Competition, with X6 M Competition being a bit more expensive at $118,900.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.7 seconds
Power: 617 horsepower
Torque: 553 pound-feet
Top Speed: 177 mph

2022 Maserati Levante Trofeo

2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo

Some vehicles just make sense with a screaming V8, and the Maserati Levante Trofeo is one of them. The Ferrari-built 3.8-liter V8 generates 580 hp for all four wheels to handle, sent through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. At $156,200, the Trofeo is the most expensive Levante variant available. But for a little while at least, it's the only way to get a Ferrari heart in an SUV body.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.7 seconds
Power: 580 horsepower
Torque: 538 pound-feet
Top Speed: 187 mph

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo official image

Spoiler alert: there are three different Cayenne trims on this list, each offering a variation of Porsche's twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. It starts with the "base" Cayenne Turbo, which is fastest in coupe format with a 60-mph sprint taking 3.7 seconds (Porsche list 3.9 for the standard SUV). The Cayenne Turbo is priced from $135,500, with the Turbo Coupe starting just under $140,000.

The Cayenne's origin is nearly as old as the BMW X5. Porsche's first SUV hit the scene in 2003, and with two faster Cayenne trims still to come, its reputation for performance is stronger than ever.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.7 seconds
Power: 541 horsepower
Torque: 567 pound-feet
Top Speed: 177 mph

2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifglio: Review

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is available with two engines, but speed aficionados need only seek out the Quadrifoglio and its twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6. Making 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of twist, this engine hustles the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to a top speed of 176 miles per hour. The Quadrifoglio also adds bigger brakes and suspension upgrades to the standard Stelvio, and power reaches all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Considering the Alfa's MSRP starts at $84,650, it offers impressive performance for the price.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.6 seconds
Power: 505 horsepower
Torque: 443 pound-feet
Top Speed: 176 mph

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid, and Coupe E-Hybrid

The second Cayenne on the list is just a touch quicker to 60 mph, but it gets there in a very different way. The 2022 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid pairs the familiar twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with an electric motor and the result is a whopping 670 hp. Top speed rises to 183 mph, and this time it doesn't matter if you choose the standard SUV or the fastback coupe. Performance is identical.

Being plug-in hybrids, both versions offer 12 miles of electric-only range. The extra power and zero-emission capability do add to the price, however. MSRP is $171,300, with the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe starting at $173,800.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.6 seconds
Power: 670 horsepower
Torque: 663 pound-feet
Top Speed: 183 mph

2022 BMW iX M60

2023 BMW iX M60 Exterior

The BMW iX M60 is a new EV in the SUV realm, combining impressive levels of comfort and luxury with brutal acceleration. That's what you get from dual electric motors turning all four wheels, generating 610 hp and 811 lb-ft of instant torque that hits like a sledgehammer. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, but 60 mph happens in just 3.6 seconds.

Compared to lower iX trim levels, BMW upgrades the undercarriage where you'll find bigger brakes, an adaptive air suspension system, and four-wheel steering. As for price, the iX M60 starts at $105,100. It reaches dealerships in June 2022.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.6 seconds
Power: 610 horsepower
Torque: 811 pound-feet
Top Speed: 155 mph

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Europe

There's no denying the Mustang Mach-E is fast. The flagship Mach-E GT utilizes two electric motors to generate 480 combined hp. That figure may seem a bit light compared to other SUVs here, but 600 lb-ft of instant torque with no gears to shift equals swift acceleration. The Performance Edition of the GT will get you to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The downside is a top speed of 124 mph, which is the lowest in this group.

Will that bother Mach-E buyers? The answer seems to be no, as all trim levels of the Mach-E are sold out for 2022. That includes the GT, which has a base MSRP of $61,995.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.5 seconds
Power: 480 horsepower
Torque: 600 pound-feet
Top Speed: 124 mph

2022 Kia EV6 GT

2022 Kia EV6 GT

Gunning for the Mustang Mach-E is Kia's sporty new electric crossover. The EV6 debuted last year and is on sale right now in lower trim levels. The GT will reach dealerships later this year, and when it does, be prepared for a 576-hp rocketship. Dual motors send power to all four wheels, and it will rival the Mach-E GT Performance to 60 mph. After that, it will leave the sporty electric horse behind, stretching out to a top speed of 162 mph.

Pricing for the EV6 GT in the US market hasn't been announced yet. The base model starts at $40,900, slightly less than the entry-level Mach-E.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.5 seconds
Power: 576 horsepower
Torque: 546 pound-feet
Top Speed: 162 mph

2022 Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y

Mixing it up with Ford and Kia is the Tesla Model Y, checking in with similar performance at a similar price point. Some might consider the midsize crossover to be a Model 3 with a bit more space in the back, but the Model Y does sit a bit higher and it's available with a third row of seats. And it's no slouch in Performance trim, with the dual-motor layout capable of a 60 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds.

Tesla doesn't list a combined power rating for the motors, but estimates place it around 480 hp. Pricewise, the Model Y Performance starts at $67,990.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.5 seconds
Power: 480 horsepower (estimate)
Torque: N/A
Top Speed: 155 mph

2022 Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini Urus Exterior

Lamborghini may have been the first automaker to produce a super-SUV with the V12-powered LM002, but the Urus is a wholly different animal. Powered by a Lamborghini-tuned 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – a variant of the engine used in the Audi RS Q8 – it makes 650 hp without any electric assist. With an eight-speed automatic sending power to the ground, the Urus reaches 190 mph flat-out.

Along with the power and speed, the Urus boasts edgy styling that instantly identifies it as a Lamborghini. The swagger comes at a hefty cost, however – Urus pricing starts at in the neighborhood of $200,000.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.5 seconds
Power: 650 horsepower
Torque: 627 pound-feet
Top Speed: 190 mph

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Exterior Front Quarter

We've reached the final Cayenne, and it's very close to being the fastest SUV in the world. Like the Cayenne Turbo, you'll find a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under the hood. In the GT, it's modified with upgraded internals and uses a new software map to make 631 hp. The eight-speed automatic transmission is also modified to execute quicker shifts. It sits lower, rides on wider tires, and without the burden of batteries or electric motors, it's much lighter than the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. As a result, it's a half-second quicker to 60 mph and can reach 186 mph.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is only available in coupe format. In addition to being the fastest Porsche SUV, it's also the most expensive with a starting MSRP of $188,700.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.1 seconds
Power: 631 horsepower
Torque: 626 pound-feet
Top Speed: 186 mph

2023 Aston Martin DBX707

2023 Aston Martin DBX707

Electric power is certainly changing the performance world, but internal combustion isn't done just yet. Debuting in the spring of 2022 with a 697-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, the DBX707 is the undisputed king of top speed. If you have an open track with a long straight and the courage to keep your right foot planted, this five-seater Aston will hit 193 mph.

Suspension and brake upgrades give the DBX707 surprising bite in corners as well. Don't be surprised if Aston Martin seeks a Nurburgring record with its $232,000 SUV before 2022 is done.

0-60 miles per hour: 3.1 seconds
Power: 697 horsepower
Torque: 663 pound-feet
Top Speed: 193 mph

2022 Tesla Model X Plaid

Refreshed Tesla Model X

What's faster than ludicrous speed? Fans of the classic 1980s flic Spaceballs know the answer. So does Elon Musk, hence the Plaid designation for the brand's most powerful cars. And in the SUV world, none can match the three-row Model X Plaid, packing no less than 1,020 peak hp from its tri-motor setup. Officially, Tesla says 60 mph arrives in just 2.5 seconds. Unofficially, there are numerous instances of the SUV going even faster.

Inside you'll find a steering yoke in place of a wheel. The gullwing rear doors still gullwing. It can tow 5,000 pounds. It's fast enough to run side-by-side with any production vehicle in the world, for a little while anyway. And while it's certainly pricey at $144,490, it's not the most expensive vehicle in this group by a long shot. For 2022, the Model X remains the fastest accelerating SUV money can buy.

0-60 miles per hour: 2.5 seconds
Power: 1,020 horsepower
Torque: n/a
Top Speed: 163 mph

FAQs

What is the quickest SUV?

The Tesla Model X Plaid is the quickest SUV, going from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. It's also the quickest all-electric SUV. The Aston Martin DBX707 and Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT are tied for the quickest internal-combustion powered SUVs, reaching 60 mph in 3.1 seconds.

What SUV has the highest top speed?

The Aston Martin DBX707 is the fastest in terms of top speed, capable of hitting 193 mph.

What SUV has the most horsepower?

With 1,020 horsepower from its electric tri-motor powertrain, the Tesla Model X Plaid is the most powerful production SUV you can buy.

What's the fastest seven-seat SUV?

The 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid offers three-row seating and can reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. For top speed, the 2022 BMW Alpina XB7 also has three-row seating and tops out at 180 mph.

Fastest SUVs 0-60 MPH

  • 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid - 0-60: 2.5 seconds
  • 2023 Aston Martin DBX707 - 0-60: 3.1 seconds
  • 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT - 0-60: 3.1 seconds
  • 2022 Lamborghini Urus - 0-60: 3.5 seconds
  • 2022 Tesla Model Y - 0-60: 3.5 seconds
  • 2022 Kia EV6 GT - 0-60: 3.5 seconds
  • 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT - 0-60: 3.5 seconds
  • 2022 BMW iX M60 - 0-60: 3.6 seconds
  • 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid - 0-60: 3.6 seconds
  • 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - 0-60: 3.6 seconds
  • 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo - 0-60: 3.7 seconds
  • 2022 Maserati Levante Trofeo - 0-60: 3.7 seconds
  • 2022 BMW X5 M Competition / X6 M Competition - 0-60: 3.7 seconds
  • 2022 BMW X3 M Competition / X4 M Competition - 0-60: 3.7 seconds
  • 2022 Audi RS Q8 - 0-60: 3.7 seconds
  • 2022 Jaguar F-Pace SVR - 0-60: 3.8 seconds
  • 2022 Bentley Bentayga Speed - 0-60: 3.8 seconds
  • 2023 Maserati Grecale - 0-60: 3.8 seconds
  • 2022 Tesla Model X - 0-60: 3.8 seconds
  • 2022 BMW Alpina XB7 - 0-60: 4.0 seconds

Fastest SUVs Top Speed

  • 2023 Aston Martin DBX707 - top speed: 193 mph
  • 2022 Bentley Bentayga - top speed: 190 mph
  • 2022 Lamborghini Urus - top speed: 190 mph
  • 2022 Audi RS Q8 - top speed: 190 mph
  • 2022 Maserati Levante Trofeo - top speed: 187 mph
  • 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT - top speed: 186 mph
  • 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid - top speed: 183 mph
  • 2022 BMW Alpina XB7 - top speed: 180 mph
  • 2022 Jaguar F-Pace SVR - top speed: 178 mph
  • 2023 Maserati Grecale - top speed: 177 mph
  • 2022 BMW X3 M Competition / X4 M Competition - top speed: 177 mph
  • 2022 BMW X5 M Competition / X6 M Competition - top speed: 177 mph
  • 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo - top speed: 177 mph
  • 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - top speed: 176 mph
  • 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid - top speed: 163 mph
  • 2022 Kia EV6 GT - top speed: 162 mph
  • 2022 Tesla Model X - top speed: 155 mph
  • 2022 Tesla Model Y - top speed: 155 mph
  • 2022 BMW iX M60 - top speed: 155 mph
  • 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT - top speed: 124 mph
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