The 541-hp V8 makes it look way too easy.
There was some concern among owners of high-performance cars in recent times when the Autobahn, famous for its absence of speed limits over certain sections, was set to receive speed restrictions. This plan was shut down by the German parliament, and thank goodness for that.
After all, outside of a track, the Autobahn is one of the few places where we can see AMG Mercs and the like perform the way they were designed to. The latest bruiser to take advantage of the unrestricted autobahn is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe.
AutoTopNL shared a video of the Cayenne Turbo Coupe topping out at 297 km/h (185 mph), and the ease with which the crossover reaches this mark never ceases to amaze us. That's quicker than the 177 mph top speed Porsche claims for the Cayenne Turbo Coupe.
With Sport Plus mode hooked up, the run begins at the 55-second mark, with the Porsche storming off the mark ferociously. About a minute later, and after passing several huge semis which appeared not to be moving at all, the Cayenne reached this maximum speed in sixth gear, and although it's hard to tell without being inside the SUV, its stability looked rock solid. Before all this, at the 25-second mark, the Cayenne blasted from 200 - 250km/h in around 10 seconds in fifth gear, which is incredible.
Perhaps the Turbo Coupe's effortlessness on the Autobahn shouldn't come as much surprise. It is, after all, powered by a 541-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 that can send this SUV to 60 mph in as little as 3.7 seconds. Those numbers would've been phenomenal for a big crossover just a few years ago, but now, they're the norm. The Audi RS Q8, for instance, is even more powerful and was recorded reaching 303 km/h (around 188 mph) on the same road not too long ago.
It's a whole new realm of performance, and here's hoping that the Autobahn remains just as it is so that we get to enjoy what these machines are capable of.