Sport utility vehicles became all the rage in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Consumers loved their versatility. SUVs are the perfect marriage of a truck and a van. Like a truck, an SUV is powerful enough to tow heavier objects such as travel trailers and boats. However, they also have the added seating capacity only offered in a full-sized truck or mini-van. They were considered perfect for pretty much anything one required them to do. Then in the mid 2000s their popularity dropped. The oil crisis forced people to trade in their gas-guzzling SUVs in for smaller, more fuel efficient automobiles. These versatile everyday vehicles, once coveted by construction workers and soccer moms alike, now collected dust on dealership parking lots. No matter how much their prices fell, SUVs just would not sell. Now finally after a slow economic recovery, the SUV has once again become popular.
Of course, that is just the story for the everyman’s SUVs. The high-end luxury models have always sold. These typically cost twice as much as a normal SUV. However, the people who have the money to buy one of these have the money to fill up their gas tanks. The high-end luxury SUV market is growing. More and more people are becoming willing to buy one of these as opposed to an expensive luxury sedan. This trend is definitely catching the attention of some big name automakers. By 2017 it is expected that Bentley, Maserati, and Lamborghini will all release their own SUV models in the near future. It is expected the price tags on all of these will be around the $200,000 mark. With that in mind, here are the most expensive SUVs out on the market today.
10. 2014 Lexus LX 570: $83,540
The LX has been produced by Lexus since 1996. “LX” stands for “luxury crossover,” which is a bit misleading considering this is actually the company’s full-size model. The LX 570 features a 5.7 liter V-8 engine and a six speed transmission. It is capable of pushing out 383 total horsepower. The 2014 model has an added feature known as Crawl Control. When the Crawl Control is activated, anti-lock brakes kick in and the car becomes controlled by the 570’s internal computer. When the terrain becomes too intense, the driver does not need to worry at all, they just need to be able to steer the car.
9. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged Autobiography: $92,400
Land Rover are the originators behind the sport utility vehicle. The subsidiary of the European automaker Jaguar has been making SUVs since before SUVs were popular. The Range Rover Sport is the full-sized model offered by the company. The Autobiography series is a limited edition upgrade offered by Land Rover for the 2014 year. The Sport Supercharger Autobiography includes a 5.0 liter supercharge V-8 engine capable of producing 510 horsepower. Due to their amped up powerplant and very limited production numbers, the Sport Supercharged Autobiography costs $92,400.
8. 2014 BMW X6-M: $93,900
The 2014 BMW X6-M may very well be the largest race car ever produced. BMW considered the X6-M to be a luxury crossover between a sedan and an SUV. This means it is bigger than any full-sized sedan and smaller than any mid-sized SUV. Even with BMW’s highly coveted xDrive all-wheel-drive system, driving the vehicle still feels like being in an oversized drag car. The engine is a 4.4 liter V-8 which gives the X6-M 555 horsepower. One of these speedy SUVs costs $93,900. It is suggested you test drive one of these before just handing over the cash. This vehicle is so fast, so powerful, and so compact, it is considered impractical for the normal SUV user.
7. 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV HPE 550: $105,025
The Cadillac Escalade ESV is the king of the luxury SUV market. Escalades are famous for their size, style and comfort. A normal ESV costs about $89,075. However, the 2015 makes will have a very special upgrade package available for an extra $15,950. For a total of $105,025, you can special order a Cadillac Escalade ESV with a customized supercharged engine by the Hennessy Performance Engineering Company. The Hennessy package includes a belt driven supercharger, air to water intercool system, and an entirely recalibrated engine management system. These high performance parts are fitted to Hennessy’s 6.2 liter V-8 engine capable of producing 557 horsepower. It looks like North American roads are about to have a new beast unleashed upon them.
6. 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG: $118,160
The G Series is the highest end of SUVs produced by the German automakers Mercedes-Benz. The GL is the full-sized model of the family. Its three rows of seats allow for up to seven very comfortable passengers. However, make no mistake; this thing is fast. Despite weighing three tons, the GL63 AMG can go from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds. The AMG twin-turbo 5.5 liter V-8 engine produces 550 horsepower. This amazing combination of power and size allows for the vehicle to tow up to 7,500 pounds. There is a lot going for this SUV and the people at Mercedes-Benz know it; that is why they priced it at $118,160.
5. 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG: $135,150
The G63 AMG is the mid-sized model of Mercedes-Benz’s G Series. It’s unusual for a company’s mid-sized SUV to be more expensive than the full-sized model, but with the G63 AMG’s reputation and popularity it’s priced at $135,150. Like the full-sized model, this SUV is also fitted with an AMG 5.5 liter bi-turbo engine. So by now you are probably wondering what is so significant about the AMG engine other than its power. An AMG engine is a hand built engine by one of the fifty Mercedes-Benz Master Engine Builders. These are fifty of the most highly trained automotive experts in the world and they are personally hand crafting the engine being fitted into these cars. After one of the Master Engine Builders completes the engine, it is fitted with a plaque with the builder’s name engraved upon it.
4. 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo-S: $146,000
Porsche released the Cayenne in 2002. It was highly successful because it was viewed as the first cross between a sports car and a mid-size SUV. At the top of the Cayenne line is the Turbo-S. Cayennes start at about $60,000 for a base model, whereas a 2014 Turbo-S sells for $146,000. It comes with a 4.8 liter Porsche twin-turbo V-8 engine capable of pushing 550 horsepower. Most vehicles with 550 horsepower are known to handle poorly. Not this SUV. Porsche made sure to get the vehicle’s weight perfectly balanced from the front to the back and then added their adjustable suspension and informative steering technologies. Despite being the top-of-the-line Cayenne, customers have shown a preference to the Turbo and the GTS. The GTS offers a lot of power, but the engine’s roar is not muffled by a turbocharger. The Cayenne Turbo is considerably cheaper than the Turbo-S and it only has fifty less horses under the hood.
3. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Black: $184,105
Like the Sport Supercharged Autobiography, the Range Rover Autobiography Black is a limited edition upgrade offered for 2014 on Land Rover’s best-selling model. The Range Rover is the mid-sized model offered by Land Rover. This special edition model costs a customer $184,105. It has a 5.0 liter supercharged V-8 engine capable of 503 horsepower. The vehicle will go from zero to sixty in 5.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 155 miles per hour. The Autobiography Black also features a special Second Generation Terrain Response System. This system monitors the ground and automatically adjusts the vehicle’s settings based on the terrain and weather conditions while driving.
2. 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6: $615,000
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 has all the same precision craftsmanship that the G63 AMG does. So why is it listed at $615,000? Not only is the engine made by some of the best in the world, but this thing is huge. The AMG 6×6 stands about eight feet tall and stretches 19 feet from bumper to bumper. Its name comes from its three axels which make the 6×6 stand on six 36 inch tires. This is one of the baddest SUVs ever made; it is definitely the biggest.
1. 2015 Dartz Prombron: $1.25 Million
As was stated earlier, after Kombat Armouring went into a period of renovating their products and leaving Laura Group, they became the privately owned Latvian company Dartz. Unlike its forefather, Dartz specializes in producing high-end SUVs for its customers. The T-98 was simply one of the many products offered by Kombat Armouring. The Dartz Prombron is the most expensive SUV ever made. It features a 180 horsepower Duramax V-8 engine. It is completely covered in Kevlar. The windows are made of gold plated, bulletproof glass. The Prombron is capable of withstanding attacks from heavy machine gun fire, land mines, and rocket propelled grenades. For just $1,250,000 you could buy the most powerful and durable road vehicle in the world.