The first outing of the third generation Porsche Cayenne SUV took place in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the automaker also came out with a surprise to make us forget there’s no diesel option – the Turbo flagship.
The German sports car brand, which has been long dependent on its SUVs to incur huge profits isn’t going to let its grasp subside on the premium crossover sector, so they’re upping the ante for the Cayenne with the model’s most powerful version to date. The new Cayenne Turbo gets the group’s new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine, which in this version develops 550 horsepower (404 kilowatts) – 30 hp above the previous model’s rating. Next to the new engine sits a refreshed eight-speed automatic transmission, so the powerful SUV will sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 4.1 seconds. Go for the optional Sport Chrono Package, and the time drops by 0.2 seconds, decidedly entering supercar territory. For now, at least, maximum speed is electronically capped at 178 mph (286 kph).
Porsche wants to make sure driver engagement is at the very top, so opted for a more responsive setup for the engine with a new exhaust turbocharger fitment, shortened exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbos as well as a modified layout of the powerplant for a lower center of gravity. The Turbo also packs a new active chassis with three-chamber air suspension, to deliver “the precision of a sports car, the comfort of a saloon and the adaptability of an off-road vehicle.” In addition, the Cayenne Turbo is also the first-ever SUV to arrive with active aerodynamics, actually a sole piece – an adaptive roof spoiler. The Nurburgring SUV record must be their target, again – the Cayenne even comes standard with the new high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) system, for two shorter meters performance from 155 mph (250 kph).