The SUV with a sports car's heart is back again with a new flagship model. The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ($147,000) boasts an increase of 50 hp over the regular Turbo, giving it 550 hp, a 0-60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 175 mph. All that power isn't good for much if you can't control it, and so it also features advanced active chassis technologies to help with cornering, agility, and comfort, as well as an analog and digital timer in the dashboard, gloss black front air intakes and rear view mirror, and 21-inch 911 Turbo II wheels. Coming to a dealer near you next spring.
Yes, it sounds a little bit like a video game title — but trust us, the Conquest Evade ($580,000) means nothing but business. Built on a Ford F550 Super Duty chassis, this tank-like luxury vehicle offers a commercial-grade air ride suspension in the front and rear, 360-degree, roof-mounted, joystick-controlled searchlights, 2+2 limousine-style seating, laptop trays, a third sunroof, an unarmored skin made from an aluminum-mild steel blend, handles machined out of solid aluminum, and a steering wheel, hinges, running boards, and even the key machined from solid stainless steel. Coming this fall.
When you're buying the fourth-generation of something, you expect a level of refinement above and beyond its predecessors — and the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover ($TBA) doesn't disappoint. All-new from the ground up, it uses an all-aluminum unibody structure — a first for a SUV — and an all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture to shed around 700 pounds compared to 2012 models. It pulls this off while adding nearly 5" of rear seat legroom, the next-generation of the Terrain Response system, and a range of V8 engines mated to new eight-speed ZF automatic transmissions, and retaining its legendary off road capabilities. Arriving just in time for the holidays.
Rally-ready, road-legal. The Bowler EXR S (£155,000; roughly $240,000) is one of the beefiest SUVs available, and is likely the closest thing you can get to a street-legal rally car. Built atop a Land Rover platform and powered by the automaker's 5.0L supercharged V8 pumping out 550hp, it reaches 0-62 in 4.2 seconds, boasts a top speed of 155mph, and offers a slew of race-ready features like a MSA approved advanced tubular roll cage, a custom composite body, Brembo brakes, Bi-Xenon headlamps, 22-inch wheels, Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, two racing seats, and 3-point seat belts.
When it comes to truly beastly SUVs, few models can match the Land Rover Defender — and that masculine quality is amped up further in the Land Rover Defender XTech Edition (£28,000; roughly $43,500). Available in 90 Hard Top and 110 Utility Wagon models in either Orkney Grey or Nara Bronze, this limited edition truck features contrasting black roof and wheel arches, 16-inch gloss black wheels with off-road tires, rear LED lights, black surrounds for the headlamps, a black interior with contrast stitching, and a 2.2L diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, no state-side launch is planned — so if you're going to the Olympics, treat yourself to one of these instead of the obligatory commemorative t-shirt.