A blisteringly fast SUV is much cheaper when you buy used.
Audi showed up to the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show with a ton of new vehicles, three of which bear the company's heralded RS badge. For the first time in the US, Audi will now sell an RS-branded SUV called the RS Q8, which shares its fire-breathing V8 engine with the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, motivating the performance SUV to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can also lap the Nurburgring in seven minutes and 42.253 seconds, which is a record for SUVs.
Pricing has yet to be revealed but we expect the RS Q8 to cost at least $100,000 when it arrives in 2020. This is a ton of money to spend on a fast family hauler, which is why we have come up with six cheaper used alternatives.
The RS Q8 will rival the all-new BMW X6 M, which will also cost nearly $120,000 in Competition guise. But if you are willing to buy the last-generation X6 M, which was built between 2015 to 2019, prices now start below $40,000. The previous-generation X6 M features a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Though this isn't quite as much as the new RS Q8, it is enough to motivate the X6 M up to 60 mph in under four seconds. This being a used BMW, we recommend spending a bit more to get one Certified Pre-Owned - we found CPO examples starting around $55,000.
While we await the latest-generation GLE 63 Coupe, the last-generation model has now become a huge bargain. We much prefer the styling of the standard GLE 63 compared to the Coupe, but Mercedes only offered the more potent S trim on the bulbous Coupe body style. The S trim packs the same 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the non-S but it produces 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, up from 550 hp and 516 lb-ft. In S guise, the GLE 63 Coupe can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Used prices start at around $60,000 with most CPO examples costing above $70,000.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is the most performance-oriented vehicle in the Range Rover lineup. It is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing between 550 and 575 hp depending on the year, resulting in a 0-60 mph run in the mid-four-second range. JLR products have a reputation for depreciation and the SVR has now dipped into the low $50,000 range. A CPO example will cost around $70,000 and is highly recommended based on the associated running costs of a Range Rover. Of the SUVs on the list, the SVR likely offers the best off-road performance if you plan to do any dirt driving in your performance family vehicle.
The RS Q8 is based on the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform, meaning it is the same platform used by the Porsche Cayenne. If you prefer to have a Porsche over an Audi, you can now get a used Cayenne Turbo S, the most powerful model, for less than $70,000. The Cayenne Turbo S uses its own V8, a 4.8-liter twin-turbo unit, producing a healthy 570 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque resulting in a 0-60 time of just 3.8 seconds, which matched the new RS Q8.
There's no getting around it, the Maserati Levante is the slowest SUV on this list for the price. You can find a GTS with the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 550 hp for under $110,000, but this isn't much less than a new RQ Q8. If you want to find the best bargain, the Levante S can be found starting around $45,000 and comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 424 hp.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is already a performance bargain with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. This massive power, courtesy of a Hellcat engine, motivates the Trackhawk to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest SUV on this list. Used examples start in the low $60,000 range, which is around half of what you'll pay for a new RS Q8.