Two weeks after the third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne received its world premiere, the German automaker further grows the model lineup with the presentation of the new Turbo version of its large SUV at the 2017 International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt.
The Cayenne is becoming an ever-closer cousin to the 911 sports car, and that is even more the case with the Cayenne Turbo, whose enhanced performance capabilities are based in part on a new, more-lightweight chassis as well as on innovative technologies like active aerodynamics (including, for the first time ever on an SUV, an adaptive rear spoiler), three-chamber air suspension, different-sized tires (285/40 front and 315/35 rear) and new high-performance brakes, not to mention available rear-axle steering.
Under the hood, the new 4.0L twin-turbo V8 generates 550 hp (30 more than before) and maximum torque of 567 lb-ft (an increase of 14). The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system directs the new 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox that provides power to the active all-wheel drive system, with the result an 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.1 seconds (3.9 with the Sport Chrono package) and a top speed of 286 km/h. It’s also worth noting that the engine’s design is more compact and sits closer to the ground, lowering the centre of gravity and improving road grip when cornering.
With regard to its outer shell, the Cayenne Turbo stands apart from its siblings in the Porsche lineup in a few ways, notably by its double-row front light modules, widened wheel arches with painted trims housing 21-inch Turbo wheels and, in back, twin tailpipes.
The interior has also been reworked; nearly all functions can display in high resolution on and be activated from the touchscreen. Audio is provided by a 710-watt BOSE surround sound system, comfort and exhilaration by the 18-way adaptable sport front seats with integrated headrests that call to mind the 911 as well as an exclusively designed multifunction steering wheel.
The new 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo will be available in Canada next summer, with a starting price of $139,700.
In Frankfurt Porsche also took the occasion to introduce the new 911 GT3 equipped with a Touring Package, which replaces the fixed rear spoiler with an adjustable one and, inside, adds leather seating in lieu of the regular model’s Alcantara suede.