Porsche has uncovered the most extreme version of the new generation Cayenne yet, which bears the Turbo moniker.
It uses the brand’s 4-liter V8 biturbo engine that feeds 550PS (542hp) and 770Nm (568lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels, through a new 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is 30PS (30hp) and 20Nm (15lb-ft) of torque more powerful than its predecessor, and it takes 4.1 seconds to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, or just 3.9 seconds, when fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Top speed stands at 286km/h (178mph).
Said to combine the best of three worlds – “the precision of a sports car, the comfort of a saloon, and the adaptability of an off-road vehicle”, the range-topping SUV benefits from an adaptive air suspension with three air chambers per strut, offering six height levels. These can be manually adjusted for different terrain conditions and can be also actively controlled via the five new driving modes for road and off-road driving.
Porsche’s range-topping Cayenne can be complemented by optional rear-axle steering, Dynamic Chassis Control roll stabilization, which is fed by the 48-volt vehicle electric system, and Torque Vectoring Plus as well.
An important component of the active aerodynamics is the adaptive roof spoiler, which optimizes efficiency, increases downforce on the rear axle, and works as an air brake as well. Stepping firmly on the brakes at 250km/h (155mph), the Cayenne Turbo comes to rest up to 2 meters (7 feet) earlier as a result, in case you were wondering why you need an air brake on your new SUV.
The new high-performance brakes feature a tungsten carbine layer applied to the steel discs to increase performance and resistance to wear, but buyers can also check the ceramic composite brakes from the options list.
Bystanders will get to recognize the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo from its regular siblings thanks to the exclusive front end, LED headlights that are part of the brand’s dynamic light system, 21-inch wheels, widened wheel arches with painted trims, twin tailpipes, and door trims and rear apron finished in the same exterior color as the rest of the vehicle.
The Porsche Advanced Cockpit takes center stage inside, and can be used to display and operate the SUV’s functions. Among them is the 710-watt Bose premium sound system fitted as standard. Users also get to enjoy the sports seats with integrated headrests and 18-way adjustment, while the driver gets a heated multifunction sports steering wheel.
Despite being just unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo can be ordered in several European countries, with prices starting from €138,850 ($166,471), tax included, in Germany. The first units will be shipped to customers by the end of the year.