We like our crossovers and SUVs big, heavy, and fast as hell.
Most people shopping for a crossover aren't looking for horsepower, but those that enjoy their driving, want a luxury crossover with real legs, or just want to make the kids scream in terror on the school run do want some power. With modern technology, we've seen that crossovers can be made to handle better than cars of just a decade ago, but that's not what we're looking at here. We're interested in pure horsepower.
A true luxury vehicle needs to have an engine that makes getting up to speed effortless and smooth. Love it or hate it, the Cullinan has one of Rolls-Royce's finest under the hood. That means the real headline here is actually the excess of torque generated by the 6.7-liter twin-turbo engine. There's an immense 627 lb-ft of twist to help get the giant SUV smoothly to 60 mph in the claimed 4.8 seconds.
The X6 M is a silly looking version of the X5 M, but we don't have the 2019 X5 M yet. The one thing that isn't silly about the X6 M is the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine it shares with the outgoing X5 M that will punch it to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. When the new models are released, we expect them to go higher into the list.
The Range Rover has never been about road and track performance. At least that was until Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations department got hold of the Range Rover Sport and blew up the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 to make 575 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time 4.3 seconds. Once upon a time, Jaguar was all about "grace, space, and pace," but it seems Jaguar has given Land Rover license to compete now.
AMG was always going to feature on this list, and it's actually going to be a triple-decker starting with the GLS63. All three use the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and this almost 17-foot long Goliath needs the 577 horses and 561 lb-ft of torque to make 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds
Using the same brutal twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and transmission as the GLS63 in a smaller vehicle means the GLE63 S sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds according to Mercedes. At the time of writing, we're still expecting the 2020 GLE and the possibility of even more power with an AMG version later.
It's that same brutal twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 again, but this time with extra grunt in the G63. The G-Wagen packs something extra in the form of 627 lb-ft of torque. Its claimed 3.9-second dash to 60 mph is a thing of wonder for something built like a brick outhouse and stuffed with luxury features.
While we still haven't seen a crossover from Ferrari, Maserati hasn't been so unwilling to join the revolution. It got a big power upgrade to make it to this list from the original twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine though. Now the Maserati Levante Trofeo uses a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine to make its 582 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque.
Like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the Bentayga needs something special for that oily smooth acceleration to high speeds, and a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 with 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque in the Bentley Bentayga Speed model is just the thing to do it. That's 26 horsepower more than the standard model and comes with an extra 3 mph on the top speed to bring that to 190 mph.
Lamborghini's bizarrely named SUV only clocks in at number two here in power, but its 3.2-second 0-60 mph time may be shorter than the initially claimed 2.9 seconds from Lamborghini, but still makes it the quickest SUV on the block. The twin-turbocharged V8 delivers 641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, but it's an American SUV that has the bigger numbers, and we all know what that number is.
At this point, we're just waiting for Fiat-Chrysler to cram it's 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 into a Pacifica and end the madness. So far though, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the jewel of FCA's wanton approach to overpowering all the things. We may sound like we're being sarcastic here, but we really, really, really, want a Redeye Pacifica in our lives.