Just 2 weeks after unveiling its completely redesigned 2019 Cayenne in standard and S model series, Porsche used the 2017 International Auto Show in Frankfurt to reveal line-topping Cayenne Turbo, which Porsche claims will be faster than the outgoing 2018 Cayenne Turbo S. As has always been true, new Turbo takes what is great about the standard Cayenne and makes it better. Starting under hood, 2019 Cayenne Turbo is endowed with a twin turbocharged, 4,0 liter V8 engine that is mounted lower in vehicle for a reduced center of gravity and better handling characteristics. It churns 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque, gains of 30 hp and 14 lb-ft, respectively. Power is delivered to all 4 wheels through same 8 speed automatic used in other Cayenne models, while Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus technology ensures best use of prodigious oomph. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 3,9 seconds, or 3,7 seconds if you upgrade to Sport Chrono Package. Top speed is 177 mph, just what every SUV needs.

Engineered to excel on pavement, yet capable on dirt

Porsche plants new Cayenne Turbo atop a 3 chamber air suspension featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management active shock absorbers that simultaneously improve both ride comfort and handling athleticism. Staggered tire sizes measure 285/40 in front and 315/35 in rear and performance oriented rubber is wrapped around exclusive 21 inch aluminum wheels. Optional for other Cayenne models, Porsche Surface Coated Brakes are standard for Turbo, featuring cast-iron discs dipped in tungsten carbide for improved braking performance, better resistance to wear and reduced brake dust. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are optional, maximizing stopping power. Equip 2019 Cayenne Turbo with its optional rear axle steering and electric roll stabilization upgrades and Porsche promises that this SUV “achieves the driving dynamics of a sports car.” Nevertheless, it also retains true off-roading capabilities thanks to 6 suspension height settings, four off road terrain settings and differential locks.

Subtle styling changes separate the Turbo from the pack

Exclusive front styling and lighting treatments, including a standard Porsche Dynamic Light System, ensure that the Cayenne Turbo won’t be mistaken for less powerful and less expensive variants of SUV. Additional styling highlights include widened wheel arches and twin rear exhaust outlets. An adaptive rear roof spoiler serves 3 different functions, depending on how Cayenne Turbo is driven. At typical highway speeds, it enhances aerodynamic efficiency. At higher velocities, it adjusts to add rear downforce. Stab brakes and it transforms into an air brake to help haul the SUV down from triple digit speeds. Does it work!? Porsche says so, claiming that when braking from 155 mph, spoiler brings the Cayenne Turbo to a stop 79 inches sooner.

Plush but purposeful cabin

Among interior highlights, Cayenne Turbo is equipped with a standard Bose surround sound audio system, 18 way power adjustable sport seats, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. As is true of any Porsche, buyers have a wide range of colors, materials and equipment from which to choose, tailoring SUV to specific preferences. If you are in love with new Porsche Cayenne Turbo, you can place your order in December of 2017, but you will need to wait until the fall of 2018 to take delivery. Prices start at $125’650 including shipping and handling fee. That is nearly double the window sticker affixed to a base Cayenne. Nobody told maximum performance and prestige came cheap.

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