Five High-Riding, Sports Car Beating Tuner SUVs

High-performance SUVs seem to be the answer to a question no one asked. An ultrafast vehicle with a center of gravity higher than some sports cars' rooflines and weighs as much as several sports cars combined? Sounds like a recipe for a rollover. Nonetheless, automakers have found the concept rather popular -- and profitable -- and we can't deny that these vehicles can be impressive performers.

Although a number of automakers offer high-performance SUVs from the factory, aftermarket tuners have taken the vehicles to the next level.

An 800-horsepower, twin-turbocharged Jeep that will embarrass almost any sports cars from a stoplight? A 700-horsepower, carbon-fiber-bodied Mercedes-Benz G-Class that can still tackle the Rubicon?

Bring it on!

The SUVs on the following pages represent some of the most outrageous tuned offerings available. In the conversion, most forego any off-road worthiness they had in exchange for extreme on-road performance. If you're in the market for an SUV, but find a stock X6 M too plebeian, one of these may be for you.

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The Lumma bodykit makes the Porsche look like a cute little (or not so little?) hot hatch!

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