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New Porsche Cayenne Turbo bows at Frankfurt Motor Show

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Photos courtesy Porsche

Nearly two weeks after Porsche unveiled the next-generation Cayenne and Cayenne S, the Turbo model bowed with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and 550 horsepower at the Frankfurt International Motor Show today.

Porsche says the Cayenne Turbo will feature even more impressive road performance than before, the first indication of which is a 0-60 miles-per-hour time of 3.7 seconds when equipped with Sport Chrono and a top speed of 177 mph. Then there are the staggered-width tires (285 millimeters wide up front, 315 mm at the rear), standard three-chamber air suspension with six height settings, Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB), the optional active roll stabilization courtesy a 48-volt electrical system — a step up from the old hydraulics — and, new to the 2019 Cayenne, optional rear-axle steering, which increases agility at low speed and stability at high speeds. The all-wheel-drive SUV transforms power into forward motion using an eight-speed automatic transmission.

To help drivers on challenging terrain, there are five new drive modes that work with different chassis configurations and the differentials to adapt to mud, gravel, sand, or rocks. 

Taking a cue from the Panamera Sport Turismo, an active rear spoiler deploys to different positions to enhance efficiency, provide downforce to the rear axle, or, in its most aggressive setting, shorten stopping distances.

The Turbo is visually distinguished from lesser Cayennes with a unique front-end (different grille treatment and lighting), Turbo badging at the rear, special 21-inch wheels, and trapezoidal quad tailpipes poking out the back.

Inside, the Cayenne Turbo uses the same 12.3-inch touchscreen display as on the base Cayenne and the S, as well as the Panamera sedan. Adding to the list of standard interoir equipment for the Cayenne Turbo are the 710-watt Bose sound system and 18-way adjustable heated sports seats.

If you want the latest and greatest Porsche SUV, you’ll need $124,600 (excluding the $1,050 delivery fee). Orders start in December, while deliveries will commence in fall 2018.

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