New Porsche Cayenne Turbo Is A Massive Improvement Over Its Predecessor

Despite Porsche claiming that the new Cayenne is more 911-like than ever, you cannot really compare the large SUV with a sports car.

However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t mindbogglingly good, especially in the potent Turbo version, no matter if you’re driving in the city, the motorway, or on a winding backcountry road, as Autocar found in their review.

It’s equipped with some clever new technologies that reduce body roll significantly, and make it more agile going around corners. Porsche allows users to select between various driving modes, which make its suspension either softer or stiffer, and prepare the SUV for gravel, mud, sand, or rocks, but don’t expect to get far on challenging terrains with the stock Pirelli road tires.

Downsizing its engine from 4.8 to 4.0 liters has made the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo less sonorous than the previous model, but throttle response and turbo lag have been improved significantly, and the vehicle is now faster.

550PS (542hp) and 700Nm (568lb-ft) of torque help propel it from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in just 3.9sec, if the Sport Chrono Package is selected from the options list, and top speed stands at 286km/h (178mph).

Of course, benefiting from its new design, both on the outside and in the cabin, and impressive performance means paying top money: about £100,000 ($132,076) in the United Kingdom for the base Turbo, but spec it with some additional goodies and the price will reach £120,000-£130,000 ($158,491-$171,699).

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  • WTF

    that much money and 3.9 seconds just isnt a “wow” anymore…..kinda just seems like an overpriced Q7 with an interior thats not as nice and smaller…ie same old cayenne

    • gor134

      Remember that Porsche understates their performance figures. According to their website, the 911 Turbo does 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, but multiple tests have gotten 2.4-2.6

    • TheBelltower

      The interior is insanely good. I like the interior of the Q7, but it’s not comparable to this. Porsche has built a great SUV that finally looks good. Whether some people feel it’s “overpriced” is up for debate. It’s definitely serious money.

  • nastinupe

    Way too much money for an SUV. Porsche is insane for expecting people to pay a $80,000 premium for better performance in a midsize SUV. I’ll take a base diesel for $75,000 and call it a day.

    • LWOAP

      With the way things are going that may not be an option for much longer. I wouldn’t be surprised if Porsche kills off their diesel option considering the mess VAG keeps getting itself into.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      there is uncertainity about diesel’s future.

  • Six_Tymes

    it finally looks good. its lost almost all of its frumpy style, especially the rear.

    • TheBelltower

      Agreed. This one fixes the puffy looks of the previous ones.

  • Evan McMaster

    Better than ever? Sure, but that still leads to the question. Why?

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