The compact crossover hit reaches 237 mph thanks to a tuned GT-R engine.
A Nissan Qashqai has just broken the world record for the fastest SUV. However, as you might expect, the compact crossover was not exactly in stock.
The so-called Nissan Qashqai-R was built by Severn Valley Motorsport, a British tuning shop that reversed the twin-turbo V6 from a Nissan GT-R into the body of a first-generation Nissan Qashqai. The 2.7-liter GT-R comes ex works with up to 600 horsepower in NISMO style, but SVM has overtaken the Ante with forged internals, a new cooling system and massive turbos. The new edition is somewhere in the range of 2,000 horsepower.
Severn Valley Motorsport said on their Facebook page that they specifically built to break the world's fastest SUV record, which has so far been halted by Toyota's 2,000-horsepower land speed cruiser. The SVM team was apparently successful after reaching a time of 237.8 mph and defeating the Toyota's 230 mph.
However, Toyota may still be able to claim the fastest SUV title because the Land Cruiser is a body-on-the-spot design, while the Qashqai is technically a unibody crossover. The second generation Qashqai is sold in the US as Rogue Sport.
Nissan himself has also studied the idea of a GT-R powered crossover with multiple versions of the Juke-R.
Severn Valley Motorsport posted a photo of their speed contribution on Facebook, adding that a video will follow soon.