Family SUVs shouldn`t be performance machines since nobody needs 500 HP to take their kids to school, right? Well, it appears that the market for performance SUVs is booming and almost all manufacturers have at least one crazy powerful family hauler in their lineup.
Among all those superfast SUV models we will concentrate only on the ones with power rating higher than 435 HP. Why? Well, we consider 2019 Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and 435 HP a benchmark model in terms of power. The current Mustang GT is blisteringly fast muscle/sports car and it is one of the best machines in its price range. So, it will be very interesting to see what five-door, SUV/Crossover models can top in horsepower wars.
1. Mercedes GLS 63 AMG
Do you remember the Mercedes GL Class? A big, expensive and heavy SUV which was roughly the size of a Cadillac Escalade? Well, it is now called the GLS and it received AMG treatment. It is still the size of an Escalade, but now it is as fast as the Corvette, at least from the line.
The reason is bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine which pumps out massive 577 HP and sends them to all four wheels through special 7-speed automatic. Such big power means that AMG needed to re-engineer the suspension, transmission, and steering in order to achieve 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. Of course, such advanced and fast vehicle is pretty expensive, but if you want to have AMG power, smoke other sports cars and still be able to carry up to 7 people, you have to pay the price of over $125,000.