Ever since SUVs became a dominant car category in today’s market, the relentless quest for speed has begun. For many drivers, chasing acceleration times and top speed numbers in those big, comfortable SUV models is ridiculous since they designed them to serve as people carriers and highway cruisers. However, to some people, it makes perfect sense. Fortunately, most car engineers fall in that second category, and to them, too much is never enough.
Super-fast SUVs are an interesting thing in the modern automotive world because they show just how far technology has advanced. There are now two-ton behemoths with a ludicrous number of horsepower. Also, they have astonishing amounts of torque that can outrun the supercars from a decade ago.
So here is a list of the top sleeper-type performance SUVs. These are the ones you see every day, so you probably don’t know how fast they really are. You could use any of these SUVs as a getaway vehicle if necessary since they are common and not too flashy. But this is not to give you any ideas, of course.
Ford Explorer Sport
The car that started the modern SUV craze in America was arguably the Ford Explorer. After years of the classic body on frame chassis architecture, the new Explorer is a modern unibody car that helps with on-road manners. Yet it forbids the owners to go on those serious off-road courses. The regular Explorer is a fine example of a modern SUV with lots of space and an up to date design.
But for performance lovers, there is the Explorer Sport featuring the famous Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine with 365 HP. Along with the suspension and transmission improvements, the Explorer Sport is a capable machine with a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.8 seconds. So it is no wonder so many law enforcement agencies all over America prefer this model.