Porsche Cayenne Turbo used to be the fastest SUV in the world at one point of time. It was dethroned by the Bentley Bentayga, which goes from 0-100 in just 4.1 seconds. Porsche was determined not just to beat the record and reclaim the title of the producer of the World’s Fastest SUV, but also to beat it by a large margin.
Porsche chose, what might be the largest stage in the Automotive universe, to showoff its latest creation, the Cayenne Turbo. As it turns out, not only has it reclaimed its title, but it also now more capable than ever. It will do a 0-100 run in just 3.7 seconds flat, with the Chrono Sport Package equipped and will max out at 285kmph(177mph). The new Cayenne Turbo achieves such performance figures thanks to a 4.0l V8 twin turbo unit capable of 550 horses and 770Nm of torque. The engine transmits the power to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
On the outside, Porsche Cayenne Turbo seems to have ditched its curves and gone for a more fluid-like design upfront. The air dams are larger than ever and play a very important in the driving dynamics of the SUV, let’s save that for later in the article. The Cayenne now gets the Porsche performance family four-source headlamps, like those on the 918 Spyder. The tail-lamps are now joined by a LED strip similar to what we have seen in the Audi A8 previously; Audi and Porsche, both are subsidiaries of the Volkswagen group after all.
What truly is special about the new Cayenne Turbo is what lies on the inside, or shall we say, underneath. What makes this SUV a dream to drive and to be in is something which is hidden to the naked eye. Porsche has developed an electro-mechanical system to control the body roll over undulating surfaces called the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.
Also, the air dam is dynamic in nature, it closes at slow speeds to preserve fuel and at high speeds it opens up the vents to increase the air flow to the engine and reduce the drag produced. Apart from the dynamic air dam, Porsche has also designed a piece of tech called ‘Air curtain’ which redirects the airflow from the front fender to the side of front wheels to further reduce the drag.
To ensure that you get the most out of your drive, regardless of what your style maybe, Porsche has designed the active-aero spoiler with various positions in mind. The spoiler raises to different levels depending on the driving mode, and will rise to the highest level when the sun-roof is open and you are in Sport + mode. Air-brakes come into effect only during hard braking and emergency situations.
The interiors, although new, still have design elements carried over from the previous Cayenne. It is more a matter of heritage rather than designers being lazy, in our opinion. A large infotainment system fills the center of the dash and the seats now are heated as a standard fitment.
It is still not clear when the Cayenne Turbo will come to India, but when it does, expect it to be priced alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR.
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