Welcome to the world of crazy performance in a tall package

Porsche introduced the third-gen Cayenne in August of 2017 with a mildly revised exterior, new technology, and a revised engine lineup that’s good for 340 ponies in base form or 440 ponies in S form. At the time I reviewed the new Cayenne, I speculated that Porsche would have to come up with a solution for the Turbo model as it needed to squeeze a considerable amount of extra power from that 2.9-liter V-6 or would have to go with a V-8 as it has in the past. Just a couple of weeks after the third-gen Cayenne debuted, Porsche showed up to the Frankfurt Auto Show with the new Cayenne Turbo, and as it turns out, I’m better than Miss Cleo, as the new Turbo sure does make use of a V-8 that’s good for 550 ponies – an improvement of 30 ponies and there’s some extra torque on tap too. More importantly, however, is the fact that this V-8 is new, and displaces 4.0-liters – about 800cc less than the V-8 in the last-gen model.

Of course, there’s not a lot of difference between the base, S, and Turbo models, but there are a few differences to point out. It does get the same headlights and the same general fascia, however, those side intakes are much larger on the Turbo model, and the grill traverses the full width between the side intakes instead of being split by the fascia on the ends. There are no fog lights to speak of up front, and the radiator grille itself is much more open in comparison. In the rear, the only real differences include the rear diffuser, which is now more defined and the square exhaust outlets. 21-inch wheels that are exclusive to the Turbo model can be found in each corner and match the wide wheel arches quite nicely, I might add. But, there’s more than exterior looks to talk about here, including some nice extras inside and that new V-8 under to hood, so let’s talk more about that.

Superb Amenities and Some Extra Ponies

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The instrument cluster is flanked on the right by the 12.3-inch infotainment and navigation display that’s placed ever so elegantly in the center stack.

There’s nothing to visually set the Turbo apart from the base or S model inside, aside from some different materials thrown about here and there. Ahead of the driver sits a unique instrument cluster that’s composed of a single analog gauge in the center with a seven-inch digital display on either side. The instrument cluster is flanked on the right by the 12.3-inch infotainment and navigation display that’s placed ever so elegantly in the center stack. What’s really cool about this setup, however, is that most of the vehicle functions can be displayed and controlled via the main display. Standard equipment includes a 710-Watt Bose sound system for those of you that like to go bump bump and tweet tweet, along with 18-way sport seats, heated seats in the front and rear (only the outboard rear seats,) heated steering wheel, and integrated headrests. In all reality, this isn’t really all that much, but it’s just enough to put the Turbo ahead of the base and S model as far as interior amenities go.

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Porsche even went so far as to include staggered tires with 285/40-series tires up front and 315/35-series tires in the rear

Under the skin, there’s even more goodness to be had. First off, the new Cayenne gets a lightweight chassis that shaved a few pounds off the outgoing generation, so when you pair that with the new three-chamber air suspension, active suspension management, and active shock absorbers, you’re looking at a very smooth ride with great maneuverability that’s usually reserved for low-riding sports cars. Thanks to this updated suspension system, the onboard computer system can cover a wider range of spring rates than before, not only help to ensure a smoother cruise but better body stability during more spirited driving. There are six different height levels that can be set manually or by the five new driving programs that include mud, gravel, sand, and rocks. Because you’re sure to take such an expensive SUV off road, I’m sure. Rear axle steering is also included as well as Porsche’s chassis control system and Torque Vectoring Plus. Porsche even went so far as to include staggered tires with 285/40-series tires up front and 315/35-series tires in the rear, which should help improve handling in more intensive driving situations.

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All told, you can hit 60 mph in as little as 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds if you opt for the Sport Chrono package.

What you really care about though, I’m sure, is that new 4.0-liter V-8 crammed under the hood. It displaces about 800 cc less than the outgoing 4.8-liter mill but is more powerful at 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. For those of you that aren’t aware, that’s an improvement of 30 horsepower and 14 pound-feet over the outgoing V-8. Not a bad improvement for a smaller engine, huh? Shifting duties are handled by Porsche’s new eight-speed automatic with traction management and all-wheel drive. All told, you can hit 60 mph in as little as 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds if you opt for the Sport Chrono package. That makes the Turbo 0.1 seconds faster than the previous Turbo S and includes a top speed of 177 mph if you hit the track and push it to the limit. Like most Porsche vehicles these days, the 4.0-liter includes a pair of turbos that are mounted in the “V” between the cylinder heads. And, for those of you who know stopping is just as important, the active spoiler out back helps to short braking distances and is a nice complement to the surface coated brakes. This brake system includes cast iron rotors that are coated with tungsten carbide to cut back wear and increase performance. Of course, if you really want to send your passenger’s face into the dash, you should probably opt for the ceramic composite brakes, known as PCCB, which will offer even better-stopping performance.

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So, now that the new Cayenne Turbo is here, do you think you would pony up the extra cheddar for it, or would you rather go with the standard Cayenne in base or S form? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments section below.

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo took its place at the top of the model line at the 67th Frankfurt International Motor Show. The new model from the third-generation Cayenne range is once again raising the bar for sporty performance in the segment. Its twin-turbo four-liter V8 engine delivers 550 hp. The combination of innovations including a three-chamber air suspension, staggered tire sizes and new high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) technology result in improved driving dynamics. With additional options, such as rear-axle steering and electric roll stabilization with a 48-volt system, the SUV achieves the driving characteristics of a sports car. The new Cayenne Turbo accelerates from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package toward a top track speed of 177 mph, representing gains over the previous-generation Cayenne Turbo S.

Even sharper design

With an exclusive front end and the LED main headlights of the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), the Cayenne Turbo has a dominant appearance. At night, the new Turbo sets itself apart from other Cayenne models with its double-row front light modules. Widened wheel arches with painted trim and special 21-inch wheels reserved for the Cayenne Turbo characterize the side view. Turbo-specific twin tailpipes distinguish this model from its six-cylinder siblings.

Interior design elements including the center-mounted grab handles continue in the third-generation Cayenne Turbo. Like other members of the new Cayenne family the newest model features the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, which includes a high-definition 12.3-inch screen in the dashboard and an analog tachometer flanked by two seven-inch full-HD screens. Virtually all of the vehicle functions can be displayed and operated using the high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit. Among them, for example, is the standard 710-watt BOSE® Surround Sound System. Other equipment newly included by default in the latest Cayenne Turbo includes 18-way sport seats, seatbacks with integrated headrests, and standard heating functions for all outboard seats as well as the steering wheel.

Greater power, greater torque: twin-turbo V8 with 550 hp

At the heart of the Cayenne Turbo is the twin-turbo four-liter V8 with 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of peak torque (increases of 30 hp and 14 lb-ft versus the previous Cayenne Turbo). Standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive works with the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission to improve acceleration, speed, and highway cruising comfort. The new Cayenne Turbo exceeds the previous Cayenne Turbo S in many areas. For example, it sprints to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds (or 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, 0.1 second quicker than the previous Cayenne Turbo S) and boasts a higher top track speed of 177 mph. The turbochargers are arranged inside the cylinder V, in a "central turbo layout." The shortened exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbochargers improve engine responsiveness and power delivery. This setup also creates a more compact package that is advantageous because it allows for a lower engine installation that helps to lower the center of gravity for improved handling characteristics.

Active chassis with three-chamber air suspension and staggered tires

The new lightweight chassis of the Cayenne Turbo helps improve driving dynamics versus its predecessor. In particular, the combination of a new three-chamber air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) active shock-absorbers extends the range considerably. By using three air chambers per spring strut, the chassis is able to map a wider range of spring rates than the previous system could, allowing for improvements in both comfort- and performance-focused settings.

With six selectable height levels, the ground clearance can be manually adjusted to suit the off-road terrain. These are also actively controlled via five new driving programs for on- and off-road use. The default setting is the on-road program. Four other modes activate the conditioning for mild off-road terrain: Mud, Gravel, Sand, or Rocks. The drive mode, chassis settings, and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant setting.

Complemented by optional rear-axle steering, electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilization connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+), the new Cayenne Turbo achieves impressive driving dynamics. Sports car performance is an even greater emphasis in the new Cayenne than past models. Accordingly, the front and rear wheel sizes are staggered to measure 285/40 at the front and 315/35 at the rear. This produces even greater longitudinal and lateral power application for agile handing.

New Cayenne Turbo gets active aero and Porsche Surface Coated Brakes

The new Cayenne Turbo integrates an adaptive roof spoiler as a component of its active aerodynamics. Depending on the position, this optimizes efficiency, increases downforce on the rear axle, or shortens braking distances from higher speeds in the airbrake position. At full braking from 155 mph, the Cayenne Turbo comes to a stop up to 79 inches earlier as a result. The aerodynamic system therefore complements the effect of the new high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) which is included as standard with the Cayenne Turbo. The tungsten carbide layer applied to the cast-iron discs increases braking performance and wear resistance while reducing the amount of brake dust at the same time, meaning less dirt on the rims. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system (PCCB) is still available as the top-performing option.

The new 2019 Cayenne Turbo will be available for ordering in the U.S. market in December, 2017 with arrival at dealers in Fall 2018. MSRP is $124,600 excluding $1,050 for delivery, and processing.

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