SpeedART Titan BTR 550: Super SUV or monster hot hatch?
In pictures by itself, the SpeedART Titan BTR 550 has the proportions of a very, very large hatchback. Its new lower-body dressing gives it just a few inches of ground clearance all the way around, and the 22-inch wheels fill the wells giving the SUV a decidedly car-like stance. The rear roof spoiler and under-body diffuser give the impression of racing aspirations. And in profile, the vehicle is not so dissimilar from a Mazda3 or a new Subaru WRX hatch.
But given a frame of reference, the Titan BTR 550 - so named for its 550hp motor - becomes a gargantuan land shark, obviously not a hatch, but hardly fitting the archetypal SUV niche either. A ground-bending 830Nm of torque complement the massive power, and although the standard Porsche Cayenne Turbo could hardly be called a laggard, the SpeedART version should be even peppier, despite the weight of the extra body work. Fuel efficiency is undisclosed, but rest assured, it's suitably monstrous as well. A unique feature of the BTR 550 is the dual-tone exhaust. By opening a bypass valve, the fairly tame (for a 550hp turbo 4.8L V8) exhaust note gets downright racy. A video of the delicious sound of the Titan BTR can be found here.