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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Best sports SUV for thrills

If you’d really like to be driving a sports car but can’t compromise on practicality, a sports SUV is just the ticket. The best are fun to drive, with scintillating pace and agile handling...

Best sports SUV for thrills

Porsche Cayenne Coupé GTS

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If you asked us to choose a sports SUV based purely on driver appeal, we’d pick the Porsche Cayenne Coupé GTS quicker than you can say ‘driving thrills’, because nothing else comes close in this respect.

With a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine pumping out 453bhp, the GTS is outrageously fast, sprinting from 0-62mph in 4.5sec. It’s not just a one-trick pony, though; the GTS is equally good at going around corners. In fact, with optional active anti-roll bars added, it displays superb body control and allows for great precision through corners; it’s incredibly agile for a car that weighs 2.2 tonnes.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS 2021 dashboard

And when you’ve finished having more fun than you have any right to expect in an upmarket SUV, it reverts to being a spacious, surprisingly practical and comfortable family car. If you can afford the huge step up in price over the Ford Puma ST, this is the motoring equivalent of skydiving: a pure adrenaline rush.

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