237mph SVM Nissan Qashqai-R Video: the world’s fastest SUV

Tuning specialists Severn Valley Motorsport’s Nissan GT-R-based Qashqai becomes the world’s fastest SUV.

SVM (Severn Valley Motorsport) claimed the world record for ‘SUV top speed’ with its Nissan Qashaqi-R which achieved 237.6mph, eclipsing the previous record of 230mph set by a modified Toyota Land Cruiser.

It will come as no surprise that beneath the bodywork little remains of the standard Qashqai from which the R model has been created. The transformation into its record-breaking specification started six years ago, when the British-based tuner fused the crossover with its sports car stablemate, the Nissan GT-R.

> Nissan GT-R review

Using a custom jig, the Qashqai’s body was lowered onto the GT-R’s chassis and running gear. Then SVM went about upgrading the powertrain: its first package lifted the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6’s output from 523bhp to 838bhp; before it was raised further incrementally to 1134bhp; 1233bhp; 1479bhp and finally 1973bhp. 

 All the extra performance comes courtesy of an extensive list of upgrades, which includes new drag-specification turbos, bigger injectors, KW suspension and an uprated intake system featuring a K&N air filter and carbonfibre manifold.

Mike Little, SVM General Manager, piloted the SUV to within a few mph of a McLaren F1’s claimed top speed at a VMAX 200 event held at RAF Kendrew. The Qashqai-R’s record speed saw it top an impressive list of supercars and hypercars in the video, edging out a Koenigsegg Agera RS by 8mph.

Until SVM’s triumph, a Toyota Land Cruiser held the record. It delivered similar power to the Nissan and set its ‘fastest SUV’ mark back in 2017.  

Most Popular

Audi SQ5 Sportback 2021 review – does it crack the coupe SUV enigma?
Audi SQ5 Sportback 2021 – front cornering
Audi SQ5 SUV

Audi SQ5 Sportback 2021 review – does it crack the coupe SUV enigma?

Broadly competent, the SQ5 is a polished but ultimately perplexing proposition, especially in 2021
16 Oct 2021
2022 BMW M3 Touring spied ahead of reveal
BMW M3 Touring
BMW M3 Touring

2022 BMW M3 Touring spied ahead of reveal

Photographers have spotted the upcoming M3 Touring testing on the Nürburgring before it reaches customers next year
14 Oct 2021
Used car deals of the week
Used cars 14th Oct 21
Features

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
14 Oct 2021