Porsche is a relatively tiny car brand in world terms despite its brand presence, and it nearly went away forever in the early part of the 1990s; as legendary as the 911 is, worldwide sales weren't strong enough to sustain the brand.
The solution? A large, relatively sporting SUV aimed squarely at the burgeoning US market. Purists were absolutely horrified, but the Cayenne was a huge success and ensured the survival of the Porsche brand. The four-door, five-seat Cayenne still sells strongly today, and can be had in a myriad of combinations from a base model 3.6-litre six-cylinder all-wheel drive model right through to a fire-breathing twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 that costs the better part of $300,000.