The compact crossover hit 237 mph thanks to a tuned GT-R engine.
A Nissan Qashqai has just broken the world record for fastest SUV. As you might expect, however, the compact crossover was not exactly stock.
The so-called Nissan Qashqai-R was built by Severn Valley Motorsport, a UK tuning shop that swapped 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 from the factory with up to 600 horsepower in NISMO guise, but SVM has upped the ante with forged internals, a new cooling system, and massive turbos. The new output is somewhere in the range of 2,000 horsepower.
Severn Valley Motorsport said on their Facebook page that they were building this specifically to break the world's fastest SUV record, until now held by Toyota's 2,000-horsepower Land Speed Cruiser. The SVM team was apparently successful, having clocked a time of 237.8 mph, besting the Toyota's 230 mph.
However, Toyota may still be able to claim the fastest SUV title, as the Land Cruiser is a body-on-fame design, while the Qashqai is technically a unibody crossover. The second-generation Qashqai is sold in the US as the Rogue Sport.
Nissan themselves have explored the idea of a GT-R-powered crossover as well, with multiple versions of the Juke-R.
Severn Valley Motorsport published a photo of their speed posting on Facebook, adding that a video will follow soon.