Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Wasn't Built For The Ordinary Buyer

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But Porsche knows who'll want one.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe GT is not your ordinary SUV or Cayenne, for that matter. Revealed in June, the Cayenne Turbo GT smashed the Nurburgring record with a time of 7:38.9 with Lars Kern at the helm. It is Porsche's most powerful non-hybrid SUV to date with 631 horsepower on tap and performance figures that match. We're talking a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds, a quarter-mile sprint of 11.6 seconds, and a 186 mph top speed. Sold only as a coupe variant, this Cayenne is aimed squarely at enthusiasts and Porsche agrees.

Speaking to Autocar, the German automaker's sales and marketing chief, Dirk Britzen, acknowledged this.

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"We're speaking and appealing to a very specific target group of customers with this car. Customers who are quite conscious and deliberate, wanting to go for the most powerful Cayenne. They know what they're buying."

Equally important, those buyers aren't necessarily collectors/investors. "That customership is, on average, willing and able to give the car a spin on the race track." Porsche didn't say how many examples are planned but we get the impression it'll build as many as demand calls for. Like the "regular" Cayenne Turbo, the Turbo GT is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Only this time engineers have added a new crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, torsional dampers, and timing chains to help achieve an additional 100 hp.

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The eight-speed automatic gearbox now has faster shifts and the Porsche Traction Management has been equipped with a water-cooled transfer case to increase the drivetrain's thermal capacity. Shaving weight was also essential, such as the titanium sport exhaust system that weighs 40 pounds less than the Turbo's system.

Additional enhancements include carbon fiber roof and rear diffuser cover, a new front lip sporting larger air intakes, and an adaptive rear spoiler also made of carbon. Drivers will also enjoy (especially at the track) the multifunction sport steering wheel with a yellow 12-o'clock marker. US customers can begin placing their orders right now and deliveries are scheduled to commence early next year. Pricing kicks off at $182,150 including destination.

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Source Credits: Autocar

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