It's fast, but it isn't a V8, the sound is. But with a V8, in the rain, the weight of the RAV4 would of toss that vehicle like a dog plays with a rag. Also, watch carefully at the REV tachometer. I've seen V8 RAV4 with turbos, that was speed. BTW, the pictures below are from the Paris to Dakar Rally some years ago. Now, for political reason it has been moved to South America instead of Africa. The war lords wanted money for running the rally by their territory.