Porsche's big-brawler SUV is more alive than it has ever been, and is now available with more power than ever. How could that possibly be a bad thing? Where other manufacturers like Jaguar and Bentley are just now entering the SUV market, Porsche is perfecting the trend with a Cayenne that offers better everything and more of it. The newly introduced 2015 Cayenne Turbo S is a wicked beast that is ready to rip the road to shreds.
What's the most surprising thing about the new Cayenne Turbo S? It's not that it has 570 horsepower, that seems reasonable, considering the outgoing model made use of 550. The power levels are more evolutionary than revolutionary. The surprising thing is that sub-8 minute Nurburgring Nordschleife time that Porsche just announced. That's a new record for SUVs, and a seriously quick time for any car, let alone an SUV. Porsche likes to point out that this lap-time is proof that every Porsche is a sports car, even their SUV. I'm not one to disagree on that point, the new Turbo S looks like an absolutely killer Porsche that puts the Sport back in Sport Utility.
With the aforementioned 570 horsepower comes a startling 590 pounds feet of torque, up 20 and 38 respectively from the last Turbo S. The new Turbo S uses all of that power to sprint from zero to sixty in a mind boggling 3.8 seconds, quicker than most of the brand's more traditional sports cars. You'll need Porsche's alphabet soup of on-board systems (PDCC, PTV, PTM, etc.) to keep all of that power and weight in check, but I'll bet they do a bang up job.
Pricing Of The New Cayenne Turbo S
This much awesome does come at a price, though, as the Cayenne Turbo S will set you back $157,300 in the U.S. and $178,100 in Canada when it is available later this spring. Worth the wait? Worth the money? For Porsche's most insane SUV ever? I'm inclined to say yes!
The new Cayenne Turbo S: The top athlete among SUVs
At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Porsche is also introducing the new Cayenne Turbo S – the top model of the sporty SUV model series. Its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine now develops 570 hp (419 kW) and 800 Nm (590 ft lb) of torque. A chassis that is tuned for maximum driving dynamics and packs a wide range of control systems also makes the Cayenne Turbo S a genuine top athlete. It can turn a lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes. The Cayenne sets a new record for SUVs here, and it also proves that every Porsche is a genuine sports car – even in this vehicle segment.
The more spontaneous response of the biturbo engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. This new approach also improves combustion. The high-performance engine offers 20 hp more power and 50 Nm (36.8 ft lb) more torque than the previous engine. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds – which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model (0 – 60 mph in 3.8 seconds). Its top speed is now 284 km/h (176 mph).
The Cayenne Turbo S also underscores its position as a top athlete in its chassis systems. Its standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) include 420 mm front brake discs and, for the first time, ten-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 370 mm discs and four-piston calipers. The active roll stabilization system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) proactively reduces side tilt when driving through curves early on. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) increases dynamic handling and stability by making specific brake interventions at the right or left rear wheel – this noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision. The active hang-on all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanently drives the rear wheels while offering fully variable power distribution to the front wheels. Some advantages of the interplay between all systems: excellent driving dynamics and traction as well as a high level of agility at any speed.
Standard features of the Cayenne Turbo S reflect the top level of this model. They include 21-inch wheels in distinctive 911 Turbo design with black painted edges, LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), full-leather interior with Porsche logo embossed on all head restraints as well as interior carbon accents. Interior styling in a black/creme color combination is making its debut in the Cayenne Turbo S. Creating exterior visual accents are the air inlet surround at the front of the vehicle that is painted in high-gloss black, the undersides of the door mirrors in the same color and the roof spoiler and wheel arch moldings in car color. A sport exhaust system is available as an option in combination with a switchable sound symposer, which optimally transmits the V8 sound experience into the interior.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will be launched in Germany in the second quarter of 2015. The price is 166,696 Euro including value added tax and country-specific features.
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