Sportiest Utility Vehicles

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Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Starting MSRP: $118,100; Turbo S $161,600
Thai chefs treat orders for five stars of spice like a dare; Porsche takes the same tack with its top-flight SUV. The peppers are flying as the base Turbo puts out 520 horsepower and the big-dog Turbo S produces 570 horsepower from its 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powerplant. The Turbo S runs an 8-speed Tiptronic S and Porsche’s Traction Management AWD system (employing an electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch) to distribute all that power between the front and rear axles. Engine behavior can be controlled via a Sport button that alters throttle response, providing a sportier commute with a 4.2-second zero-to-60-mph time . . . because everyone needs a little passing power.

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