Porsche Cayenne Turbo Spices up Frankfurt With 550 HP

James Marshall
September 12, 2017

Our man on the ground David Tracy also snapped a few photos of the new Cayenne Turbo at the Frankfurt Motor Show that will forever haunt my tow-pig addled dreams.

That torque output, in particular, is quite monstrous. The new Turbo sprints to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and reaches a top speed of 286 km/h.

Furthermore, this more compact central-turbo layout allowed them to package the engine lower in the chassis for a lower center of gravity that improves the truck's handling.

It's all riding upon the new lighter Cayenne chassis for 2019, and features staggered front and rear wheels and a 48-volt electrical system just like the rest of the range.

"The new lightweight chassis of the Cayenne Turbo combines the best of three worlds: the precision of a sports auto, the comfort of a sedan and the adaptability of an off-road vehicle". Three air chambers per spring strut are used in the adaptive air suspension design, therefore the chassis is able to map different spring rates.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
SUPPLIED 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Following on the from the new 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 powered Cayenne and 434bhp turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 Cayenne S revealed in Stuttgart in late August, the new range topping Porsche SUV receives a new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 developing 29bhp and 15lb ft more than the earlier second-generation model's turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 at 534bhp and 568lb ft. At the same time, its everyday suitability in terms of parking and turning manoeuvres is improved, as is the comfort level.

Of note is the new active roof spoiler, a first for a high-performance SUV, claims Porsche. The spoiler has the ability to optimize efficiency, increase downforce on the rear axle and even shorten braking distances when it's in the airbrake position. A new Porsche Surface Coated Brake process covers the Cayenne Turbo's cast-iron brake rotors with a layer of tungsten carbide to increase performance and resistance to wear, all while reducing brake dust. Engineers tell auto it'll lop two metres off the stopping distance from 155mph.

And if you're anxious about stopping two tonnes of SUV from all that speed, Porsche has developed a new Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB).

Inside, the Cayenne's new 12.3-inch Porsche Advanced Cockpit high-definition screen and two seven-inch screens to both sides of an analog tachometer help you control the Cayenne Turbo's features and functions, including the standard 710-watt Bose sound system and 18-way front sport seats. In 2016, Porsche sold an unprecedented 7,061 units in Canada, up 10% over the prior year.

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