Porsche unveiled the range-topping model of the Cayenne family in Detroit – the new Cayenne Turbo S with 562hp (570PS) and 590lb-ft (800Nm) of torque. For fans of numbers, that’s 20PS (20hp) more power and 50Nm (36.8ft lb) more torque than the pre-facelift model.
Powered by a re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine, the Cayenne Turbo S is able to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:59.74 minutes, which makes it 14 seconds faster than the holder of the previous lap record for production SUVs, the 542hp Range Rover Sport SVR. That’s quite a big difference for just 20 extra horsepower.
The new Cayenne Turbo S benefits from a more spontaneous response of the biturbo engine thanks to the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. According to Porsche, this new approach also improves combustion.
The super SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds quicker than the previous model and faster than many sports cars. 0-60 mph (96 km/h) takes just 3.8 seconds, while top speed is 284 km/h (176 mph).
The new Cayenne Turbo S is fitted with standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system that reduces side tilt when driving through curves early on, as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which increases dynamic handling and stability by braking the right or left rear wheel to improve steering precision.
The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active hang-on all-wheel drive system permanently drives the rear wheels while offering fully variable power distribution to the front wheels.
The list of standard features is long and includes 21-inch wheels in distinctive 911 Turbo design with black painted edges, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), full-leather interior with Porsche logo embossed on all head restraints, as well as interior carbon accents.
A sport exhaust system is available as an option in combination with a switchable sound symposer, which transmits the V8 sound experience into the interior. The Cayenne Turbo S will launch in Germany in the second quarter of 2015 with a €166,696 starting price, including value added tax and country-specific features.