2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT - Performance, Price, and Photos
The folks from Weissach have worked their magic to create the most track-focused Cayenne everby Khris Bharath, on
This is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, the most expensive and track-focused Cayenne ever made (period). The Cayenne of course was responsible for taking the sports SUV formula mainstream nearly two decades ago. Now if you’re not a Porsche fanboy, navigating the Porsche model range can be an incredibly taxing proposition. The Cayenne is no different. Offered in both traditional SUV and Coupe SUV body styles, you have a staggering 13 options to choose from and the Turbo GT (only offered as a Coupe) sits at the very top of that lineup.
The GT moniker is often reserved for some serious Porsches and it is the first time that the folks from Weissach have decided to use it on the Cayenne. So is it worthy of the GT nameplate? Let’s take a closer look at what Porsche has done to distinguish the Cayenne Turbo GT, not just the from rest of the Cayenne range, but also from other super-SUVs within the VW umbrella like the Lamborghini Urus, the Audi RS Q8, and the Bentley Bentayga.
2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT - Performance, Price, and Photos
2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT Performance and Capability
Now since the Turbo GT is in essence the ultimate expression of the Cayenne, Porsche has turned the wick up with the mechanicals. First up - Engine. Under the hood lies a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 631 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. That is 90 horsepower and 59 pound-feet more than a Cayenne Turbo Coupe.
This same mill is also found in other high-performance SUVs under the VW umbrella, but Porsche has tweaked it quite a bit and has tailored-made it to suit the Cayenne Turbo GT
Built-in Weissach and assembled in Zuffenhausen, the Turbo GT’s engine sees changes to stuff like the pistons, crankshaft, connecting rods, timing chain drive, and torsional vibration dampers over the Cayenne Turbo. An increase in boost pressure of 0.1 bar. The injectors flow 10% faster while the 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox is sharper with additional water cooling for the gearbox transfer case.
These are some substantial upgrades, and as a result, 0-60 mph comes up in just 3.1 seconds. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT has a top speed of 186 mph. Porsche test driver, Lars Kern took it around the Nürburgring in a record-breaking 7:38.9 minutes.
On the dynamic front, the Turbo GT has stiffer dampers on all four corners, and the chassis sits 17mm lower compared to a Cayenne Turbo. So you can expect a slightly flatter, but harsher ride. But what you’ll pay for in terms of comfort, the Turbo GT should make up for it, in the way that it corners. You also get rear-wheel steering, tuned specifically for this chassis. Hardware that is mostly available as optional extras on the Cayenne Turbo/GTS comes as standard on the Cayenne GT.
Part of Standard Equipment on the Cayenne Turbo GT
- Porche Dynamic Chassis Control Porsche (PDCC)
- Porsche Active Air Suspension (PASM)
- Porsche Traction Management (PTM)
- Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+)
You will have to pay extra for the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) ($900) that come with 440mm discs up front and 410mm discs at the rear.
|Max. power||631 hp|
|Max. power at rpm||6,000 rpm|
|Max. engine speed||6,800 rpm|
|Max. torque||626 lb-ft|
|Max. torque at rpm||2,300 - 4,500 rpm|
|Max. power per liter||157.9 hp/l|
|Top track speed||186 mph|
|0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package||3.1 s|
|1/4 mile with Sport Chrono Package||11.6 s|
|Transmission||8-Speed Tiptronic S|
|Mileage / Range||16/14/19 mpg|
The Cayenne Turbo GT not only effortlessly masters the excitement of challenging cornering and final sprints. It also handles longitudinal and lateral dynamics like no other vehicle in the range - Porsche
Visually, there are a couple of elements that distinguish the Turbo GT from other lesser Cayenne Coupe’s. The two obvious ones? Well, the SUV features a heavy dose of carbon, and the Neodyme contrasting bits (if you tick that option), are unique to the Turbo GT.
As standard, you get
- Carbon Fiber contoured roof
- SportDesign exterior mirror upper trims in Carbon Fiber
- Extended diffusor in Carbon Fiber
- Active rear-wing
- Gloss black top fixed-wing with Side plates in Carbon Fiber
- Sport exhaust with center-mounted titanium tailpipes (saves 40 lbs)
Since this is the most performance-oriented Cayenne to date, weight savings played a big role and the Turbo GT employs a combination of galvanized steel and aluminum in the construction of the light-weight body shell. The hood, tailgate, doors, and fenders are also made out of aluminum.
Moving on to styling now, in typical Porsche fashion, it appears to be identical to other Cayenne Coupe’s. However, look closely and you’ll notice that the front bumper houses a new front splitter along with bigger air intakes to help that V-8 breathe better. From the side, you have the fastback profile with a sloping roof-line, that you’ll either love or hate. In the rear, you’ll find two spoilers, one on the roof, and one on the tailgate, that can be manually deployed on the fly.
|Chromite Black Metallic||$0|
|Moonlight Blue Metallic||$0|
|Paint to sample||$11,430|
As for wheels, you get 22" GT Design wheels, finished in Satin Neodyme as standard. They’re wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa Summer tires. If gold is not your thing, you have four other options ($600) - Satin Black, Satin Platinum, High Gloss Black, and Deep Sea Blue. Apart from the paint and wheel options, there are a plethora of cosmetic upgrades that you can opt for to spruce up your Cayenne Turbo GT.
|Width w/ mirrors folded||78.6 in|
|Turning circle diameter||37.7 ft|
|Curb weight||4,979 lbs|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)||6,096 lbs|
|Maximum load||1,096 lbs|
Interior Quality and Technology
Stepping inside, it should come as no surprise that you’re presented with an equally sporty cockpit. There is no shortage of high-quality materials like Race-Tex, carbon fiber, and leather in the Turbo GT’s cabin. You’ll find Alcantara on the dash, the grab handles, the center armrest, and on the seats. The Race-Tex interior comes with either arctic grey or Neodyme contrast stitching as standard. If you prefer leather instead, you can have a black leather interior or an optional red interior ($430).
There are enough Turbo GT badges in the cabin to remind you that you’re sitting in something really special. All Turbo GTs come with 8-way adjustable Sports Seats. You can also opt for the 18-way adjustable Sports Seats at no extra cost. Do note that Cayenne Turbo GT is a strict (2+2) four-seater. Also, you can’t have a sun-roof thanks to that fixed carbon roof.
On to the driver’s seat now. You have a nicely finished GT sports steering wheel with the yellow 12’o clock marking and the tiny-red mode selector button, which is a nice touch. Behind it sits a pair of traditional Porche-style dials with a big tachometer in the center, finished in silver.
The 12.3-inch central infotainment system packs Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, digital radio, voice control, wireless Apple Car Play, and wired Android Auto. Paired with a 14-speaker 710-watt Bose hi-fi system as standard, you can upgrade to a 1455-watt Burmester 3D Surround sound ($5,180) with 21 speakers as well.
|Cargo capacity||19.4 cu-ft|
|Cargo capacity rear seats folded||51.7 cu-ft|
2022 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT Price and Availability
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT retails for $180,800, not including a $1,350 delivery, processing, and handling fees. But as with any Porsche, the options list is rather exhaustive and you could easily be looking to pay north of $200,000 for a well-spec’d one. You have a whole host of exterior cosmetic upgrades on offer. Some Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur options can be very pricey. You can spec your own Cayenne Turbo GT on Porsche’s Configurator.
Why does the Cayenne Turbo GT exist? Well, if you’re in the market for a sports SUV and you like what the folks in Weissach are doing, then this Cayenne should make absolute sense to you.
This is the ultimate sporty Cayenne that money can buy for the moment. It has about 10 horsepower less than the Lamborghini Urus, but $40,000 cheaper than its Italian cousin. As for the competition in the sporty-coupe SUV space, you have a lot of choices these days. Here’s how the Cayenne GT stacks up against its main rivals in terms of performance and price.
The Cayenne Turbo GT matches the 2021 Aston Martin DBX on price but offers significantly more power. Staying within the sports car brands, you can’t ignore the Maserati Trofeo. Further down the price range, you have the Audi RS Q8, the BMW X6 M, and Mercedes GLE 53 AMG, which offers the least power in this company at least. Regardless, all these vehicles promise to offer a sporty drive with a dash of practicality thrown in, a trait that buyers these days are increasingly looking for.
Well, there you have it, a GT sports car that also happens to be a Porsche SUV. Yes, the Turbo GT is an SUV at its very core, but it also packs spades of top-shelf hardware to deliver the ultimate driving experience on the track as well on the road. Given its outstanding performance the Cayenne Turbo GT easily fits in with some of the fastest SUVs in the world.