This will be the most powerful combustion Cayenne yet.
After being on sale since 2019, the current Porsche Cayenne is getting a facelift this year. Spy shots have already previewed the SUV's refreshed styling and revamped, more technologically advanced interior, which will feature a larger infotainment screen and a new fully digital instrument cluster. We weren't expecting any changes under the hood, but Autocar has learned that Porsche will launch a more powerful range-topping version of the Cayenne Turbo as part of the mid-cycle update to compete with the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga Speed.
With 631 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque on tap, this will be the most powerful combustion Cayenne yet - that's 90 more hp than the current Cayenne Turbo, which produces 541 hp from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Impressively, this also means it has 40 more hp than the Audi RS Q8 and only 10 hp less than the Lamborghini Urus.
According to the publication, the 631-hp super SUV will only be sold in the Cayenne Coupe bodystyle to maximize performance since it is lighter and has a lower center of gravity. The regular Cayenne Turbo will still be available, however. In addition, the new range-topping Cayenne Coupe will feature a carbon-fiber aero package that will increase the downforce and provide better engine and brake cooling.
To distinguish it from the regular Cayenne facelift, the new range-topper will feature a modified front bumper with a more prominent lip spoiler and larger air ducts, a more aggressive roof spoiler, and a larger tailgate wing. There will also be a new rear diffuser housing a centrally-mounted exhaust system. Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, the more powerful Cayenne Turbo Coupe will have a curb weight of under 4,850 pounds.
It will also ride on 22-inch forged aluminum wheels, wrapped with 285/35 ZR22 front and 315/30 ZR22 rear tires. These will be the largest standard tires ever fitted to the Cayenne.
To help it cope with the added performance, Porsche has updated the software for the eight-speed gearbox and all-wheel-drive system, and adjusted the electronic differential. The upgraded Cayenne Coupe will also have a lower ride height and stiffer suspension. The extra muscle is expected to reduce the 0-60 mph time to around 3.6-3.8 seconds in line with the RS Q8 and Urus, while top speed will be capped at 186 mph.
A name for the upgraded Cayenne Coupe Turbo hasn't been confirmed yet, although it sounds like the equivalent of a Turbo S. We'll find out what the super SUV is called soon, as Autocar claims Porsche will reveal the more potent Cayenne Coupe Turbo in June before deliveries kick off later this year.