Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe Becomes 800-HP Supercar Killer

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This will be one quick SUV.

Under the hood of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe sits a masterpiece of engineering. There you'll find a potent, turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 541 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. That translates into a 3.7-second dash to 60 mph and a top speed of 177 mph - although we've seen some examples hit 185 mph. Still, if these numbers leave you uninspired, perhaps Manhart's CRT 800 will interest you.

Now producing 807 hp and 803 lb-ft, the German tuner has extensively reworked the Cayenne's innards to provide this hefty power boost. The big Porsche has received a turbo performance kit, a new Manhart intercooler, and a gearbox upgrade. Additionally, the Cayenne Turbo Coupe receives software upgrades in the form of ECU remapping or Manhart's MHtronik auxiliary control unit.

Delivering a rich, resonant V8 growl is the new Manhart stainless steel exhaust system with valve control. Buyers can opt for carbon or ceramic tailpipe finishers. OPF-delete exhaust pipes are also available for certain markets.

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For now, Manhart is still working on a unique bodykit for the CRT 800, but that hasn't stopped the tuner from changing the Cayenne's styling ever-so-slightly. The signature gold-and-black combo doesn't work here; racing stripes on a luxury SUV just look tacky. Thankfully, buyers don't have to opt for this or the additional auric elements that festoon the exterior.

The 22-inch rims suit the Cayenne well and are unique to Manhart products. The primary color is Gloss Black, although buyers can request a secondary color to uplift the design (seen here in Gold). Lending the CRT 800 some extra aggression is the lowered ride height, now sitting 1.37 inches closer to the road. The vehicle's new nomenclature takes pride of place on the front fenders and the windscreen. Hopefully, the latter can be removed. The engine cover hasn't escaped the signature color scheme either, and is, hopefully, an option.

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The interior has escaped the gold/black theme but Manhart notes customers can individualize the cabin upon request. With more than 800 hp on tap, we'd be more interested in upgrading the stopping system. While the standard brakes are impressive, we wouldn't take any chances in an SUV as powerful as this. Like the interior, Manhart can also upgrade this upon request.

It isn't the most powerful SUV Manhart has introduced, though. Previously, it tuned the X5 M Competition to provide 812 hp and 797 lb-ft. Dubbed the MHX5 800, its acceleration is as aggressive as its styling. Manhart hasn't released any pricing or performance figures for the CRT 800, but we're guessing it will be faster (and notably more expensive) than the standard $139,000 SUV.

The CRT 800 is no shrinking violet but, in terms of shock factor, it's outclassed by the RV 650. Based upon the new Range Rover Vogue, Manhart treated the classy Brit to what may just be the most ostentatious styling treatment we've seen in a while.

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