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There was a time when sports cars were made light and low for maximum handling benefit, but the rise of SUVs has led to some owners wanting their high-riding behemoths to perform like racetrack specials.

It’s led to a proliferation of high-powered, heavy SUVs that are becoming as popular as they are arguably pointless. What started as a lunatic-fringe niche a few years ago has grown into a bustling club of super-SUVs with unearthly power outputs and a dizzying array of electronic aids to try to mask their top-heaviness...

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