Porsche says the new Cayenne Turbo is faster than the Turbo S.
The all-new 2019 Porsche Cayenne is sitting pretty at the Frankfurt Motor Show after its big reveal a few weeks ago. A new Cayenne would have been a nice reveal all on its own, but Porsche doesn't like to settle for an average showing in Frankfurt. Porsche has also revealed the new 2019 Cayenne Turbo, which the company claims is even faster than the old Cayenne Turbo S. Like the new Panamera Turbo, the Cayenne Turbo is powered a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque.
0-60 takes just 3.7 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. For reference, the old Cayenne Turbo S had 570 hp and took 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph. This new model also ups the top speed to 177 mph and Porsche claims that the car will have more standard equipment than the old car. Unlike the Panamera, which uses a PDK dual-clutch transmission, the new Cayenne Turbo will use a new eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Porsche says that this torque converter automatic will improve acceleration, speed, and highway cruising comfort. The engine will still be shared with the Panamera.
The 4.0-liter V8 has two turbochargers that are nestled in the V8 with shorter exhaust paths. This should give the car better response with less turbo lag. The turbo is based on the all-new Cayenne platform, but the chassis is upgraded. The new turbo features a three-chamber air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and active shock-absorbers. Porsche says that this three-chamber system can react quicker than the old system which will improve comfort and performance-oriented settings. The suspension also has six ride heights that allow the Cayenne Turbo to go off-road.
The car also has five drive programs for on-road and off-road use. If you do want to take your $124,600 SUV off-road, there are settings for mild off-road terrain such as mud, gravel, sand or rock. The Cayenne Turbo will be off-road capable, but will be more at home on a track. The car features 285/40 front tires and 315/35 tires in the rear. All of the usual Porsche goodies are also present such as rear-axle steering, electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilization connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+). There is also an adaptive roof spoiler and available ceramic brakes.
Porsche will start taking orders for the Cayenne Turbo in December and the car will arrive in dealerships in the Fall of 2018. We wish that we could see the car sooner in the US, but it seems like we have to wait at least a year to see this beast on the road.