We at Y are savvy about the surge-factor of modern SUVs. With these, we remind you that buying solid doesn’t mean stinting on speed.
The laws of physics had to be bent to accommodate the Lamborghini Urus. At least that’s how it feels taking the helm of the 2.2-ton blunderbuss. Aside from the silly name and the equally silly – and a bit eye-watering –RO90,000 price tag, Lamborghini’s first attempt at an SUV since the original LM002 three decades ago has resulted in them creating one of the fastest out there to date. Not only can it smoke a Porsche 911 Carrera or a Jaguar F-Type in a drag race, it can do the same while carrying four of your best mates in relatively decent comfort. Power is sourced from a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that can put down 650 horses and 850Nms of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic tranny.
In true Lamborghini (or shall we say Audi) fashion, the Urus too will come packing a bunch of gizmos, the main one of which is a rear-wheel steering system to help reduce the footprint of the SUV that will help it – well, let’s say manoeuvre – around corners easily. It’s an all-rounder of sorts and an instant icon only bogged down by Audi-esque elements in the interior.
• Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8
• Power: 650hp
• Torque: 850Nms
• 0-100kph: 3.6 seconds
This one is the embodiment of a true sleeper – a car that has high performance and a humble exterior. Don’t get us wrong, we think Alfa’s signature grille and badge sit pretty on the Stelvio but what we’re more interested in is the Ferrari-honed 2.9-litre ‘twin-turbocharged’ V6 jewel that lies underneath the long and wide vented hood.
The results speak for themselves: a staggering 503hp and 600Nms of torque are diverted through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an all-wheel drive system that’s rear biased. This means the Stelvio will eat up virtually all sports cars from Asia or America (except for the Nissan GTR and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, perhaps) on a racetrack and will only fall short of the German legends – mostly those that carry the ‘AMG’, ‘M’, and ‘RS’ prefixes.
• Engine: 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6
• Power: 503hp
• Torque: 600Nms
• 0-100kph: 3.8 seconds
We’re not particularly fond of the egg-shaped styling of the GLE63 AMG Coupe but it sure goes like it’s on fire – at least while it’s in a straight line. In its most extravagant form, the SUV will come with 585hp and an earth-shattering 760Nms of torque to propel it from a standstill to 100kph in 4.2 seconds.
These are more than just impressive numbers for a city cruiser. The GLE63 AMG’s machine gun soundtrack, coupled with the performance, will inevitably lead to a bunch of envious onlookers querying why you’d rather turn fossil fuels into noise and speed than do something for the planet. Of course, you won’t be listening as you blast past them – and they’ll most certainly not catch up with you, either.
• Engine: 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8
• Power: 585hp
• Torque: 760Nms
• 0-100kph: 4.2 seconds
The Porsche Cayenne must be the most stereotyped SUV of all time – donning the ‘soccer mom car’ image here in Oman. Though, you won’t be smiling when you catch this zooming past you at full blast.
At its peak, the 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 motor will pump out 550hp and 770Nms of torque, for an estimated naught to 100kph run time of 4.1 seconds. This is aided by a brilliant ‘PDK’ gearbox and an equally stellar chassis that can give supercars a run for their money.
The 2019 Cayenne Turbo also wins our hearts for aesthetics, evolving from being one of the most hated designs anyone had ever seen in an SUV when it went on sale in 2002.
• Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8
• Power: 550hp
• Torque: 770Nms
• 0-100kph: 4.1 seconds
It pains us to put an electric vehicle alongside this clan of gas-guzzling monstrosities – but, hey, times have changed. The Tesla Model X, if specced correctly and at the right temperature conditions, could outrun each of the SUVs we’ve mentioned here in this roundup. At the crux of the vehicle lies a 100kWh motor that buzzes out 605 ponies and an unbelievable 1074Nms of torque. To put this into perspective – the Model X produces more torque than a Lamborghini Aventador or a Ferrari 488 GTB; both supercars that are built for the road and track.
Where the former trumps all other SUVs and some supercars is in acceleration – hitting the 100kph mark in a mere 3.1 seconds. While the G-force would most likely pulverise the internal organs of the six other passengers that you can cram within the car, you can keep things real and simply brag about how the SUV comes with gullwing doors, autonomous driving, and the fact that it leaves a relatively smaller carbon footprint than those of its competitors.
• Motor: 100kWh
• Power: 605hp
• Torque: 1074Nms
• 0-100kph: 3.1 seconds
Range Rover Sport SVR: 575hp and 680Nms of torque
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 707hp and a 0-100kph time of 3.8 seconds
BMW X5M: 567hp and 750Nms of torque