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Delivering The 'S' In SUV

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The SUV was not originally conceived as a fast vehicle, despite the 'sports' element of the acronym. This is widely held to refer to sports of the adventure form rather than racing. SUVs have enjoyed a substantial following thanks to a combination of comfort and practicality, coupled with a car-like driving dynamic. However manufacturers haven't been able to help themselves when it comes to applying turbos and other power boosts, with today's SUV market including some pretty swift options.

These are the fastest SUVs you can currently buy:

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

That AMG badge gives it away but, given the boxy G-Class shape, this is a case of brute force rather than sleek aerodynamics. The top speed may be a mere 130mph but it's got it at the bottom end, getting from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The thoroughly American Grand Cherokee SRT is a thug of a car, using its booming V8 to get to 62mph in five seconds flat and to a top speed of 160mph.

Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG

Even bigger and faster, the GL63 AMG takes only 4.9 seconds to get to 62mph and its top speed is necessarily electronically limited to 155mph.

Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

The still substantial ML63 AMG looks relatively pygmy-esque next to its mammoth big brother, but its smaller proportions propel it slightly faster to 62mph at 4.8 seconds. Also electronically limited to 155mph.

Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

Apparently cornering the market in fast SUVs, Mercedes-Benz's GLA45 AMG matches the ML63 AMG for performance but in a smaller, sleeker package. In fact this is more of a tall hatchback than a serious utility vehicle but comes with four wheel drive.

Porsche Macan Turbo

Porsche knows how to build for speed and, as it turns out, for utility too. The Macan Turbo also gets to 62mph in 4.8 seconds but benefits from an unlimited top speed of 162mph.

Range Rover Sport SVR

Range Rover's latest and fastest offering embodies all the luxury for which the brand is famous, but with a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds. Top speed is 162mph.

BMW X5 M and X6 M

The X5 and X6 M are equals thanks to the same engine under the bonnet. They are essentially the same car, with a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, but can be distinguished by their dramatically different back ends.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Unsurprisingly the fastest SUV sports a Porsche badge on the bonnet. It gets from 0-62mph in a scorching 4.1 seconds and keeps going all the way to 176mph...

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