This Nissan SUV Embarrassed Supercars At A Top Speed Event


Severn Valley Motorsport's GTR-powered Qashqai attained a top speed of 237.8 mph, making it the world's fastest SUV.

A few insane Brits have just confirmed their place at the top of the SUV top speed leaderboard after running a highly tuned Nissan Qashqai—called the Qashqai-R—to a maximum velocity of 237.8 mph at an event in the UK. Severn Valley Motorsport, an established tuner of Nissan GT-Rs, fitted the Qashqai (known as the Rogue Sport in the U.S.) with the heart of Godzilla and boosted it up to 2,000 horsepower. The result: a supercar-embarrassing monster that sits atop the Vmax200 speed sheets.

According to Motor1, the measured speed makes the SVM Qashqai-R the fastest SUV in the world, beating a 230-mph record previously held by Toyota with its highly modified Land Cruiser. The SVM Qashqai-R uses a similar recipe as Nissan's own Juke R, which also utilized a GT-R engine to provide ludicrous performance. During the run at Vmax200, the Qashqai-R eclipsed even some of the most rarified exotics in attendance, including a Koenigsegg Agera RS (221.3 mph), a Koenigsegg One:1 (218.3 mph), and a bevy of Lamborghinis, McLarens, and BMWs. This isn't SVM's first time setting records at Vmax200.

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An earlier build of the Qashqai-R with 1,100 horsepower set a top speed of 210 mph at a previous edition of the event, which is held at a two-mile airstrip. SVM also holds the record for the fastest GT-R to ever run at Vmax200. It went through the speed trap at 228.8 mph, still slower than the tuning company's new Qashqai-R. Only two vehicles have gone faster than the Qashqai-R in Vmax200's history: a Koeniggsegg One:1 holds the crown with a 240 mph run, while an ES Motors ES1400 sits in the all-time runner-up spot with a top speed of 238 mph.