SUVs are the best-sellers for their versatility. The can go on and off the road. They can transport people and tow heavy loads. But, some buyers are always seeking more power. Like for pony cars in the past, we can see the race in power output in the SUV range nowadays. Check out the most powerful editions you will find in 2020.
2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo – 590 hp
Under the hood of the premium SUV is a 3.8-liter V8 engine. The small displacement with the unique tuning by Ferrari engineers will crunch 590 horsepower and 540 lb-ft of torque. Max speed is 189 mph and it ranks the 2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo among the fastest SUVs in the world. Acceleration time 0-60 mph is 3.5 seconds. The price of the premium SUV costs hefty. To become an owner of such a monster, you must pay nearly $180,000.
The 2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo package also brings unique upgrades. The base model costs $100k less expensive. Multi-zone automatic air condition, cruise control, navigation, leather upholstery, and many, many more options are available. 22-inch wheels are standard.
2020 Audi RS Q8 – 592 hp
Not too long after the debut of the new largest SUV in the lineup, Audi launched a performance edition. The RS tuning made the Q8 burst 592 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This configuration is capable of producing even more energy on more premium SUVs than this one. Two extra ponies will make the 2020 Audi RS Q8 slightly faster than the first model on this list with 189.5 mph. On the other hand, it needs 0.2 sec more to sprint 0-60 mph.
The vehicle sits eight inches above the ground and offers 60 cubic feet of cargo space. Safety comes first and the carmaker offers heavy-duty ceramic brakes for this one. The first impressions are very positive, especially with the very friendly technology and precise handling. The quality of materials is premium.
2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Edition – 600 hp
Rolls Royce entered the new market in style. Its Cullinan is producing 563 hp. However, the special Black Badge edition is boosted to deliver 600 hp from a 6.7-liter V12 engine. The twin-turbo drivetrain is not too fast since it achieves 155 mph and hits 0-60 mph in nearly 5 seconds. Besides the massive power output, the SUV crunches 665 lb-ft. An all-wheel drive is getting power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
As every model from this company, the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge is packed with unique features. Small details are making this version different from the base model. There are darkened grille, special finishes, and 22-inches wheels as exterior upgrades. Inside, we find a signature headliner, a lot of carbon fiber, and yellow leather seats.
2020 Mercedes AMG GLS 63 – 603 hp
Until the leading German automotive brand updates the G-Class, we have a new most powerful SUV in their lineup. That is the 2020 Mercedes AMG GLS 63 with a hybrid drivetrain. A 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine is going to produce 603 horsepower and thanks to this support and a total of 627 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is sending power to all wheels (4Matic system). The top speed of the AMG-tuned SUV is 174 mph, while it sprints to 60 mph in 4 seconds.
Compared to the standard GLS, the special version boost the exterior styling with a special bumper, huge air vents for better cooling, and Panamericana grille. More color options are available. The MBUX system comes with a 12-inch touchscreen. The sporty steering wheel and beautiful wooden trim is also notable upgrade. Upholstery and seats are wrapped in leather. All of these will cost you around $130,000.
2020 BMW X6 M Competition – 617 hp
BMW beats Mercedes in one thing for sure – the total power of the most potent model. It is the X6 coupe SUV. Of course, its performance version with many mechanical upgrades can do that. But, the M package is not enough. Engineers maximize the output with more upgrades. The 2020 BMW X6 M Competition gets 617 hp from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 unit. Well, this one can’t match torque numbers with 553 lb-ft. BMW is better than Mercedes AMG GLS at max speed (177 mph) and 0-60 mph acceleration (3.7 seconds).
Styling upgrades compared to the standard model include more aggressive side skirts and bumpers. There are larger, but lighter wheels, and special mirrors. A quad-exhaust system will show you which model this is, while the 2020 BMW X6 M Competition has unique color options. The interior is covered with Alcantara leather. We expected a flat steering wheel. The dashboard offers a carbon-fiber trim and a black headliner.
2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed – 626 hp
The premium carmaker uses a premium drivetrain. A massive V12 is going to produce 626 hp and 665 lb-ft of twist. Twin-turbo unit is making the special version of Bentayga SUV is slightly slower than X6 M Competition with 3.8 seconds needed for 0-60 mph acceleration. Max speed is ahead of the competitors with 190 mph.
Besides the luxurious styling, the 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed will get unique interior features. The two-tone cabin is definitely breathtaking. Contrast stitches on seats are making it even more elegant. Still, we expected a lot more. The Speed version of the Betayga SUV will hit $260,000. It is more than most of the vehicles on this list.
2020 Lamborghini Urus – 641 hp
We reached #4 on our list. The 2020 Lamborghini Urus is beating the Bentayga speed at power and price. You can get 15 ponies more for $60,000 cheaper price. The Italian giant in the sports vehicle industry could bring the special version for this difference. In this case, a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 is going to produce more than 641 hp. The engine also adds 626 lb-ft. This is the same unit Audi Q8 RS is using. But, for the Urus, it makes more power. Also, maximum speed gains a boost. The SUV can reach 190 mph and 0-60 mph sprint time is 3.2 seconds.
The 2020 Lamborghini Urus is sitting higher than its Q8 sibling. Nose and headlights are very aggressive. One of the highlights of the Urus is the huge air intakes. The styling of the Lambo’s coupe-SUV is one of the best in the class and there is no surprise why it costs so much.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid – 670 hp
Again, we see the same 4.0-liter engine. This time, for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid model, it is making 670 horsepower thanks to the electric support. An eight-speed auto gearbox also transfers 663 lb-ft of torque to all wheels. Extra power by the electric unit is not making Cayenne faster than Lamborghini Urus. It needs 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph, while the top speed is 183 mph.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is going to cost $162,000. For this price, you will get the special drivetrain system that features a 14.1-kWh battery. It is mounted beneath the floor, but this motor is not affecting overall interior space. Huge 22-inch tires are a notable upgrade for 21-inch wheels. A special air suspension and AWD are making 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid stabile and maneuverable.
Read more: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Review
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – 707 hp
For a long time, this was the most powerful SUV in the world. It still is, but if we make some exceptions. A popular Hellcat engine is capable of producing 707 horsepower and the FCA plans to add it to its truck segment as well. A 6.2-liter supercharged V8 is also available as a Demon setup, which can make 797 ponies. However, the SUV is not getting so much power. Standard Trackhawk can sprint to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Max speed is 180 mph.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is top of the range model. The company didn’t change too many things since the new generation of the mid-size SUV is about to arrive in 2021. Bi-xenon lights are standard, while 20-inch wheels are optional. The sunroof is there, as well as LED fog lamps. Brembo brakes will make you safer, and high-performance tires can take you almost everywhere.
2020 Tesla Model X P100D – 762 hp
Finally, the number 1 SUV in our list is the all-electric 2020 Tesla Model X P100D with 762 hp. So, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful SUV with internal combustion. The electric battery launches Model X to another dimension. It is the only vehicle in the list that can stop the clock under 3 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. This time is available with the Ludicrous Mode. Max speed is not so breathtaking, limited to 155 mph. Bonus is its electric range of 303 miles.
The 2020 Tesla Model X P100D version is going to cost nearly $140,000. For this money, you will get the most advanced autonomous drive at the moment. The company also plans to boost it to Level 4 with more self-driving options. The interior is luxurious and futuristic. The headlight is a vertical touchscreen display. The good thing about this electric SUV is the recharge time. Too bad you can do it only on Tesla’s stations, while most other new EVs can do it in common fast chargers.