The most powerful SUVs in America for 2022


Here in the US we enjoy power almost as much as we love our SUVs. Thankfully, we have a lot of both. Traditionally, the most powerful SUVs derive their enormous power and torque from some form of V8. While this is generally still the case, electrification comes into play more and more, whether it’s a mild-hybrid technology, a plug-in hybrid powertrain or, as is the case with the two vehicles at the top of this list, completely electric vehicles. As we enter model year 2022, let’s take a look at the most powerful SUVs available.

Before diving in, we turn to the elephant who is waiting just outside the door. Due to the shortage of supply, Mercedes-Benz is shelving most of the V8 models for model year 2022. Some 2021 models can still be found in dealer inventories, but we will not include them. With that in mind, let’s dive into the list.

2022 Audi RS Q8 – 591 hp

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The only Audi in this list is a small hot number, which we have characterized as “an uncompromising option in a compromised option field”. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (which appears to be a popular format on this list), its 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque take it to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and atop speeds of 190 mph It even has the bragging rights of holding the Nürburgring lap record for an SUV.

Black Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2022 badge – 592 HP

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This is an SUV where being a passenger might be more exciting than sitting in the driver’s seat, thanks to over the top luxury – what do you expect from a car that costs over $ 350,000? The driver, however, is not without a prize, with a turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 at his disposal. Thanks to the software update of the Black Badge, it produces 592 hp and 664 Nm of torque.

2022 BMW Alpina XB7 – 612 HP

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Alpina already takes impressive BMW vehicles and transforms them into even more powerful and luxurious machines. The Alpina XB7 improves on the BMW X7 with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that delivers up to 612 hp and 590 Nm of torque. This is good for a 4.0-second 0-60 sprint and a top speed of 180 mph. Alpina also adds its own drivetrain and drivetrain tuning, improved suspension, exhaust and a whole host of unique visual touches.

2022 BMW X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition – 617 hp

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We will group these two SUVs together, as they are basically the same vehicle with different trunk designs. They also share a common beating heart: a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s 17 ponies more than the same wetsuits without the Competition package. They’ll do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 177mph. The Competizione package also includes special wheels with high-performance tires, a sports exhaust, sports seats and seat belts with unique M stripes, along with a few other appearance upgrades.

2022 Bentley Bentayga Speed ​​- 626 hp

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When eight cylinders aren’t enough, Bentley got you covered. The Bentayga Speed’s W12 turbo displaces 6.0 liters while providing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. A 0-60 spring activates in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. It also has an opulent interior and air suspension with stepless damping control to ensure that you and your passengers reach extra-legal speeds in maximum comfort and luxury. .

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT – 631 hp

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This isn’t the only Porsche on this list, but it’s the only one without a plug. The cayenne pepper The Turbo GT’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 631PS and 626Nm of torque. When equipped with the Sport Chrono package, it will sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and do the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. Its top speed is indicated at 186 mph, not too shabby for a vehicle weighing 5,000 pounds.

2022 Lamborghini Urus – 641 hp

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Lamborghini eventually gave in and built an SUV, but it still boasts Lamborghini performance, with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 641PS and 627Nm of torque. After accelerating to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds, it will stretch its legs to a top speed of 190mph. The cost of entry is also high, around $ 222,000.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid – 670 hp

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While not a fully electric battery-powered vehicle, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid’s power reaches high levels thanks to electrification. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and electric motor combine forces for a total of 670PS and 663Nm of torque. The 0-60 sprint is achieved in just 3.6 seconds. Its top speed is 183 mph, but it can go up to 83 mph using the electric motor alone. Like any Porsche with “Turbo” in the name, it is expensive, with a starting price of $ 166,650 including the destination.

2022 Rivian R1S – ‘Over 800hp’

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The newest model on this list is also from the newest brand. Rivian’s electric SUV shares its foundation with the R1T pickup. Rivian says that with the correct tires, its four-engine configuration gives the R1S a 0-60 time of 3 seconds. While it is not yet clear what the net peak power of the system is, the front dual-engine unit delivers 415hp and 413lb-ft of torque, while the rear unit produces 420hp and 495lb-ft. Do they peak at the same time? We do not know. It matters? Probably not. How fast do you have to go?

Tesla Model X 2022 blanket – 1,020 hp

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This electrifying EV is the only vehicle on this list to cross the 1,000PS mark … at least until when GMC begins producing the SUV version of its new electric lobster. With its three electric motors propelling it to a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds, it’s also the fastest. Tesla says it will do the quarter mile in just 9.9 seconds and has a top speed of 163 miles per hour. The range is also impressive, a 340 miles. Who needs so much power in their SUV? Well, someone with $ 119,990 making a hole in his pocket, of course.


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