New Porsche Cayenne Turbo lands with smaller V8 offering 29bhp boost
Smaller capacity engine provides greater power and enhanced performance
The new third-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.
Following on the from the new 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 powered Cayenne and 434bhp turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 Cayenne S revealed in Stuttgart in late August, the new range topping Porsche SUV receives a new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 developing 29bhp and 15lb ft more than the earlier second-generation model’s turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 at 534bhp and 568lb ft.
The boosted reserves are channelled through a new eight-speed torque converter equipped automatic gearbox and electro-hydraulic four-wheel drive system, with Porsche claiming a 0-62mph time of just 3.9sec in combination with the new SUV’s optional Sport Chrono Package. That’s 0.4sec faster than its predecessor and 0.2sec faster than the previous Cayenne Turbo S.
Without the Sport Chrono Package, the new Cayenne Turbo matches the 0-62mph time of the earlier Cayenne Turbo S at 4.1sec.
An active aerodynamic package featuring a spoiler that deploys from atop the tail gate also provides the new Porsche model with a claimed top speed of 178mph. This is up by 7mph on the previous generation Cayenne Turbo.
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are put at 24.1mpg and 267g/km respectively. This compares to the previous model’s 25.2mpg and 261g/km.
The active spoiler, a first for the Cayenne, acts as both a spoiler to increase downforce and an airbrake under braking, stopping the car two metres sooner from 155mph, Porsche claims, as well as optimising efficiency in everyday driving.
The steel disc brakes have been coated in tungsten carbide, which reduces brake dust, increases performance and decreases wear, although ceramic composite brakes are available as an option.
The new Cayenne Turbo receives the same new exterior styling as other new Cayenne models but with a more aggressively styled front end, widened wheel arches housing standard 21-inch wheels shod with 285/40 front and 315/35 rear tyres and trapezoidal tailpipes.
An advanced new chassis with rear-wheel steering, electronic roll stabilization via a new 48-volt electrical system, torque vectoring and an air suspension that uses three chambers on each spring strut for faster reactions is claimed to enhance the Cayenne Turbo’s handling and off-road prowess. It provides six different levels of ride height.
The Cayenne Turbo will cost €138,850 in Germany. UK pricing is yet to be announced.
With its world premiere at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is taking its place at the top of the model line. The completely new top-of-the-range model from the third generation of the Cayenne is once again raising the bar for sporty performance in its segment. The four-litre V8 biturbo engine delivers 404 kW (550 hp). The increased driving dynamics are based on the combination of innovative technologies, such as active aerodynamics including roof spoiler, controlled three-chamber air suspension, mixed tyres and the new high-performance brake. With additional options, such as rear-axle steering or electric roll stabilisation with a 48-volt system, the SUV can even achieve the driving characteristics of a true sports car. The new Cayenne Turbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and reaches a top speed of 286 km/h.
Even sharper design
With an exclusive front end and the LED main headlights of the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has an appearance that is both dominant and independent. At night, the new Turbo sets itself apart from other Cayenne models with its double-row front light modules. The side view is characterised by standard 21-inch Turbo wheels specially reserved for the top model, in widened wheel arches with painted wheel arch trims. The twin tailpipes, specific to the Turbo, are the key distinguishing features on the rear end. The door trims and rear apron are painted in the exterior colour. The completely new interior demonstrates the increased spread of the Cayenne Turbo: more sportiness and more comfort at the same time. Virtually all the vehicle functions of the fully networked SUV can be displayed and operated using the high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit. Among them, for example, is the BOSE Surround Sound System with 710 watts, fitted as standard. Drivers and passengers experience this top-of-the-range model in sports seats with 18-way adjustment. The integrated headrests are a new feature and are also reminiscent of the 911. All seats and the multifunction sports steering wheel in an exclusive Turbo design are heated as standard.
Greater power, greater torque: biturbo eight-cylinder with 550 hp
At the heart of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the new four-litre V8 engine with twin turbocharging. With an output of 404 kW (550 hp), it exceeds the engine of its predecessor by 22 kW (30 hp), while the maximum torque of 770 Nm represents an increase of 20 Nm. The new eight-speed Tiptronic S converts both into acceleration and speed by means of the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM). The new Turbo sprints to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and reaches a top speed of 286 km/h. As is characteristic for new engine generations, the exhaust turbochargers are arranged inside the cylinder V, in the "central turbo layout". The shortened exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbochargers mean that the engine is especially responsive, while the central turbo layout results in significantly improved power delivery. Another advantage is the compact construction of the engine. This enables a lower installation position, which has a positive effect on the driving dynamics: The centre of gravity is lower and the cornering precision is higher.
Active chassis with three-chamber air suspension and mixed tyres
The new lightweight chassis of the Cayenne Turbo combines the best of three worlds: the precision of a sports car, the comfort of a saloon and the adaptability of an off-road vehicle. In particular, the combination of the new three-chamber air suspension with the active shock-absorber system PASM extends the range considerably. The concept of the new mixed tyres with standard dimensions of 285/40 at the front and 315/35 at the rear comes from sports car construction and produces even better longitudinal and lateral power transmission. Three air chambers per spring strut are used in the adaptive air suspension design, therefore the chassis is able to map different spring rates. With six selectable height levels, the ground clearance can be manually adjusted to suit the offroad terrain. They are also actively controlled via five new driving programmes for road journeys and off-road journeys. Complemented by optional rear-axle steering, the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+), the new Cayenne Turbo achieves the driving dynamics of a sports car. At the same time, its everyday suitability in terms of parking and turning manoeuvres is improved, as is the comfort level.
First SUV with adaptive roof spoiler and new high-performance brake
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the first SUV to have an adaptive roof spoiler as a component of its active aerodynamics. Depending on the position, this optimises efficiency, increases downforce on the rear axle and, in the airbrake position, shortens the braking distance from higher speeds. At full braking from 250 km/h, the SUV comes to a stop up to two metres earlier as a result. The aerodynamic system therefore complements the effect of the new high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) which takes care of deceleration in the Cayenne Turbo as standard. The tungsten carbide layer applied to the steel discs increases braking performance and resistance to wear while reducing the amount of brake dust at the same time, meaning less dirt on the rims. The top system in the programme remains the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is available to order now, with the market launch in Europe scheduled for the end of 2017. In Germany, the top model of the SUV model line costs EUR 138,850 including VAT and country-specific features.
New Porsche Cayenne Turbo hits 100 km/h in 3,9 sec!
It’s no secret that Porsche knows how to make a fast car in just about any format, be it a mid-engined hypercar, a LeMans prototype, a two-tonne wagon or indeed an SUV. But that doesn’t make the reveal of the blisteringly quick new Porsche Cayenne Turbo any less impressive.
Adding to the new, third-generation Cayenne range that debuted just a few weeks ago, the Turbo variant adopts a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 sending 404 kW and 770 N.m to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
This results in a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4,1 seconds, although fitting the Sport Chrono Package cuts that time some two-tenths to 3,9 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, comes in at 286 km/h.
Of course, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo boasts more than mere straight-line performance. This is also the first SUV, according to Porsche, to be fitted with active aerodynamics in the shape of a nifty adaptive roof spoiler.
It furthermore features a new high-performance braking system that makes use of a tungsten carbide layer applied to the surface of the steel disc. This promises to improve braking performance and reduce wear.
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo also gains an active chassis that makes use of a three-chamber air suspension system along with Michelin Latitude Sport tyres (285/40 R21 up front and 315/35 R21 at the rear). The air suspension system features six settings (including off-road modes).
The first examples are scheduled to arrive in South Africa in June 2018, although local pricing and specifications have yet to be announced.
When Porsche unveiled its third-generation Cayenne SUV on 29 August, it didn’t let all the cats out of the bag, holding something in reserve for the opening of the show, just a week later.
And that something was the Cayenne Turbo - the flagship of the new model line-up - although, truth to tell, Porsche is going to have to find a new name for its most potent pepper shaker, since every model in the Cayenne range is now turbocharged.
This one, however, has a four-litre biturbo V8, rated at 404kW and 770Nm, 22kW and 20Nm up on the previous Cayenne Turbo. That’s delivered to all four wheels via a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, with the help of active torque control, launching it to 100km/h in 4.1s (3.9 with the optional Sport Chrono package) and on to 286km/h flat out.
As is rapidly becoming the industry norm, the turbos are nestled in the V of the engine, making the distance from the combustion chambers to the turbo as short as possible, reducing turbo lag and making the engine more compact.
The Cayenne rolls on a new three-chamber air suspension system with active damping and, in true sports-car tradition, wider tyres (315/35) at the rear than in front (285/40), on special 21 inch Turbo rims.
The brakes have also been upgraded for the new Turbo with a layer of ultra-hard tungsten carbide on each steel disc,which not only increases braking performance and resistance to wear, says Porsche, but also reduces the amount of brake dust on the rims!
The Cayenne Turbo is also the first SUV with an adaptive roof spoiler, which flattens out when you’re running at high speed in a straight line, pops up to increase downforce on the rear axle when you hit the brakes and stays that way to improve cornering grip until you straighten up and hit the loud pedal again.
This is not a gimmick, says Porsche: all other things being equal, it shortens the braking distance from 250km/h to a dead stop by up to two metres.
For ultimate stopping power, however, there are always the optional ceramic composite brakes. More performance options include rear-axle steering and 48 volt electric roll stabilisation.
The Cayenne Turbo’s distinctive front treatment includes adaptive LED headlights, in double-row modules, while the 21 inch wheels fill flared wheel arches with body-colour trim, and the dual tailpipes tell the GTI Joes that what just passed them was indeed a Cayenne Turbo.
You and your front passenger are accommodated in sports seats with integrated head restraints styled from the 911 and 18-way power adjustment, while all five occupants get the benefit of the standard-fit 710 watt Bose surround sound system.
Porsche South Africa is expecting first deliveries of the new Cayenne Turbo during June 2018; prices and local=market specification will be published closer to the time.
It’s finally here! After plenty of teasing, Porsche has officially introduced the all-new Cayenne Turbo, and it’s a sublime stunner on some serious steroids.
We were lucky enough to be invited on a driving preview of the new Cayenne range in the foothills of the Pyrenees back in August (before its reveal later in the month), and found it to be quite sensational - when the slowest (or rather, least brutal) model in the range hits 100km/h in under 6 seconds, you know you’re dealing with something special (these are full-sized SUVs, people!)
The Turbo model unveiled today in Frankfurt is a good 30% quicker - hitting 100 kph in just 4.1 seconds and surging onwards to 286 kph thanks to its growling 4.0-litre V8 biturbo which delivers 404 kW and an obscene 770 Nm. With a somewhat lighter foot, it will still manage to keep fuel consumption at under 12 L/100 km on the combined cycle. The engine is mounted lower than its predecessor, which enhances driving dynamics.
There’s a lot of impressive stuff going on in the new Turbo that contributes to it achieving the dynamics of a true sports car, such as the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) and (optional) rear-axle steering.
It’ll be capable off-road too, with six different ride height options.
Probably the first thing you’ll notice from the side are the 21-inch wheels specially reserved for the top model, in widened wheel arches with painted wheel arch trims. The twin tailpipes, also specific to the Turbo, are the key distinguishing features on the rear end.
The completely new interior demonstrates the increased spread of the Cayenne Turbo: more sportiness and more comfort at the same time. Virtually all the vehicle functions of the fully networked SUV can be displayed and operated using the high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit.
This is the first SUV to have an adaptive roof spoiler to improve aerodynamics and braking. Oh, and you (and all your passengers) can adjust your exclusive heated Turbo seats in 18 different ways — nice.
You can expect to see the new Porsche Cayenne in South Africa in 2018. We will keep you updated as local pricing and specification details become available.
Porsche says the new Cayenne SUV borrows heavily from the 911. We took a ride to find out if that’s true
It’s been a remarkable run of success for the Porsche Cayenne.
Having stunned sports car purists when it was introduced in 2002, the first-generation model racked up more than 270,000 sales in six years – setting Porsche on a path to record profitability, all-time sales highs and long-term financial security.
Then that as eclipsed by the second-generation Cayenne, which has just ceased production. Launched in 2008, more than 500,000 were sold globally, making it the most successful Porsche model yet and firmly establishing Porsche in key markets such as China.
So there are big expectations on the third generation, which goes on sale in 2018 – especially given that it faces increased competition from luxury SUV rivals including the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, BMW X5, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Range Rover Sport.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is bullish about the new car, saying: “The new Cayenne is a Porsche by all means and with no compromises. Never before has it borrowed so much from the 911.”
The new line-up will initially consist of three models: Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. All three feature a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and revised four-wheel drive boasting fully variable apportioning of power and five driving modes to suit a variety of terrain: On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks.
The Cayenne will run the same 3.0-litre 335bhp, 332lb ft V6 that’s in the Panamera, giving it 40bhp and 37lb ft more than the old car. It covers 0-62mph in 6.2sec (5.9sec with an optional Sport Chrono Package) and has a 152mph top speed, making it 1.4sec quicker and 9mph more than the previous model.
The Cayenne S receives a more powerful 2.9-litre turbo V6. With 434bhp and 405lb ft, it packs 20bhp more as the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine it replaces while matching its torque. Porsche claims 0-62mph in 5.2sec (4.9sec with the Sport Chrono Package) and a top speed of 165mph, improvements of 0.3sec and 4mph.
The Cayenne Turbo runs a new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 developing 29bhp and 15lb ft more than the second-generation model’s turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 at 534bhp and 568lb ft. The boosted reserves are channelled through a new eight-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox and electro-hydraulic four-wheel-drive system, with Porsche claiming a 0-62mph time of just 3.9sec with the optional Sport Chrono Package. That’s 0.4sec faster than its predecessor and 0.2sec faster than the second-generation Cayenne Turbo S.
There’s absolutely every reason to. Not only has the Cayenne reasserted its position as the driver’s choice in the SUV segment with this latest version (albeit with the right options ticked), it’s also more practical and more luxurious – noticeably so, in the latter case – than ever before.
So while rivals can match it in certain areas, it’s impossible to choose one of such all-encompassing ability. And while £68,330 could never be considered a bargain, that’s less than was asked for a Discovery First Edition diesel. That the Cayenne delivers reasonable value as well as tangible, significant steps on in every area that counts means this could be the new class of the SUV field.
Porsche Cayenne S
Tested Crete On sale Now Price £68,330 Engine 2894cc, V8, twin-turbocharged petrol Power 434bhp at 5700-6600rpm Torque 405lb ft at 1800-5500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerbweight 2020kg Top speed 164mph 0-62mph 5.2sec Fuel economy 30.1mpg CO2 rating/BIK 213g/km, 37% Rivals Range Rover Sport, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7