2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

I honestly can't fathom the need for a 550-hp truck. Were Cayenne owners clamoring desperately for something that could fend off a Saab 9-7x Aero? (On an unrelated note, has anyone seen a 9-7x Aero? Ever?)

As Joe noted, the Turbo S doesn't feel like a 550-hp vehicle around town, even with the sport mode engaged. It's just too heavy to explode from a stoplight. The ceramic-composite brakes sure are competent, and they look terrific, but I somehow doubt many Cayennes will be driven hard enough and long enough to justify their $8840 price.

Speaking of price, how much does one have to spend to get real aluminum trim? Apparently, more than $139,070, because this Cayenne has cheap gray plastic around the shifter. I'm not offended, as some are, by the very notion that Porsche would build an SUV. I am, however, amazed and a bit insulted by what the automaker expects people to pay for a competent but certainly not extraordinary truck.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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