2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Hop inside the Turbo S, and at least you can see that you get a beautiful interior for all the cash you'll need to cough up to own one. Sumptuous leather lines the interior, and a clean, five-gauge dash display gives you all the information you need at a glance. Around town, throttle response, as Joe Lorio says, feels heavy and a little slow, but hammer it on the freeway, and acceleration is almost instantaneous.

Clearly, the Cayenne Turbo S is one of those "one-up" vehicles that Automobile Magazine contributing writer Ezra Dyer wrote about in his July 2009 column. Apparently, some manufacturers feel that there will always be a segment of the car-buying public that wants their vehicles to be the fastest, most expensive of the breed - hence cars like the Bentley Continental GTC Speed, the Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, and, yes, the Cayenne Turbo S. To us mere mortals, it seems absolutely over the top - who in their right mind really needs to drive a $140,000, 550-hp truck? The point, I suppose, is that no one really needs to drive such a vehicle, but there are apparently people who want to own one anyway.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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