Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo is as quick as a 911 GT3

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 by

At the this week premiered the new third-generation Cayenne Turbo — it does 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds…

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It was only a couple of weeks ago when Auto Middle East went to the rooftop of Porsche’s museum in Zuffenhausen to check out the new third-generation 2018 Cayenne, but this week in Frankfurt the manufacturer launched the daddy of the range.

The new Turbo is the flagship of the company’s line-up (at least until the even more powerful, electrified Cayennes come along) and develops 550 horsepower thanks to a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.

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That’s 30 more horsepower than the predecessor, and torque is up by 20Nm to 770Nm at 1,960rpm. With the new eight-speed automatic transmission, the Cayenne Turbo does 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds if you spec it with the Sport Chrono Package which makes it a match for Porsche’s 500bhp 911 GT3, otherwise in standard form the sprint takes 4.1 seconds. Top speed? Two-eighty-six…

Porsche says this is the first SUV with an active roof spoiler, which is claimed to add downforce over the rear axle as well as shorten stopping distances when it’s up in the airbrake mode. This is good for cutting two meters out of the braking distance when you stomp on the pedal from 250km/h.

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This third-gen Cayenne platform also features self-levelling three-chamber air suspension, staggered wheels and tyres with wider rear rubber, and new carbon ceramic brakes as optional kit. The standard items are cast iron discs coated with a tungsten carbide layer to resist wear and reduce brake dust, as well as look good with their shiny mirror finish.

You’ll be able to spot a Cayenne Turbo thanks to a unique front end and 21-inch wheels as standard. The twin tailpipes out back are also unique to the Turbo, and you certainly won’t miss the gaping air intake coming at you either.

The 2018 is available to order now with prices in the UAE starting from AED554,300.

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