Porsche has a new star at the top of its SUV tree, the Cayenne Turbo S. Clearly Porsche felt the 500hp/700Nm offered in the regular Turbo wasn’t enough, so it has bestowed the 4.8 litre V8 in the Turbo S with 550hp/750Nm.
The extra power results in a 0.2 second improvement for the 100km/h dash, which now takes 4.5 seconds. Top speed has been increased to 283km/h, a modest gain of 5km/h. Which begs the question, is the extra €30K (German pricing) Porsche asks for a capital S really worth it?
To help sweeten the deal Porsche has loaded the Turbo S with bags of fruit, including Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, the Sport Chrono package and 21″ Turbo II alloys.
So, if you had the choice and the inclination, would you rather a stupidly fast Cayenne or a stupidly fast Panamera? Or, perhaps, something quite different altogether?
New top model in the Cayenne model series
A sports car in SUV clothing: Cayenne Turbo S with 550 hp
Stuttgart. The new Cayenne Turbo S assumes top position in the Porsche SUV model range with its engine power of 550 hp (405 kW). With its complex active chassis, the top athlete in SUV clothing surpasses the driving performance of many sports cars. All of the basic Cayenne properties such as versatile offroad capabilities, high ride comfort and superior towing power have been preserved without exception. Its NEDC fuel consumption of 11.5 litres per 100 km is the same as that of the Cayenne Turbo, which makes it more fuel-efficient in relation to its engine power. The new Turbo S model has an extra 50 hp of power compared to the Cayenne Turbo, as well as a torque boosted from 700 Nm to 750 Newton metres, and it converts them into faster acceleration and a higher top speed. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds (-0.2 seconds), and the SUV accelerates to a top speed of 283 km/h (+ 5 km/h).
The Cayenne Turbo S was systematically configured for maximum dynamic performance. Therefore, it incorporates all relevant control systems as standard equipment. From the Cayenne Turbo it takes the combination of an air suspension and active PASM damping control. Then there is Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which reduces the roll angle in curves to practically zero, improving agility and comfort equally. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which is also standard, operates with torque vectoring at the rear wheels together with an electronically controlled rear differential lock, which improves traction and therefore offers more agility in every driving situation. The new Cayenne Turbo S is also equipped with the Sport Chrono package as standard.
The exterior and add-on equipment of the Cayenne Turbo S live up to the high standards of a top model. Numerous exterior features such as the air inlet screens, headlight housings and mirror parts are painted in high-gloss black. The standard 21-inch 911 Turbo II wheels with coloured Porsche badges were exclusively designed for the Cayenne Turbo S; their inside surfaces are painted in high-gloss black.
Porsche designers created bi-colour leather packages in new colours and colour patterns specifically for the new Cayenne Turbo S. These interior features are available in black/carrera red or black/luxor beige colour combinations. The bi-colour leather packages that are reserved for the new top model were extended by adding decorative seams in the contrasting colours carrera red and luxor beige. The Carbon interior package complements the leather features and highlights the sophistication of vehicle and materials.
In Germany, the Cayenne Turbo S is priced at 151,702 euros including VAT and deliveries begin in January 2013.