Keeping true to tradition, Porsche has rolled out a Turbo S version of the Cayenne. The only surprise here is that they brought it out so soon after the Cayenne GTS.
Otherwise, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is exactly what you’d expect: an upcontented Cayenne Turbo with a 10 percent power boost and a 34 percent price hike. The 4.8 liter twin turbo V8 is cranked up to 550 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 50 horses and 37 lb-ft over the regular Turbo; Porsche says the added grunt shaves one-tenth of a second of the 0-60 time (bringing it down to 4.3 secs) and adds three mph to the top speed (the Cayenne now tops out at 175 mph).
To justify the extra $37,000 or so they charge for the top-of-the-line model, Porsche loads the Cayenne Turbo S up with plenty of items that are optional on the Turbo: Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Power Steering Plus, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, Sport Chrono Package, 21-inch 911 Turbo II wheels, carbon fiber interior package, Alcantara roof and embossed Porsche crests in the headrests all come standard. In addition, there’s a choice of two exclusive two-tone interior treatments—Black/Carrera Red or Black/Luxor Beige.
We’re sure Porsche will probably sell every one of these they can make, in spite of the $148,000 price tag; people buying $150K SUVs tend to not be adversely affected by the state of the economy the way the rest of us do. And in spite of all common sense and logic…we really want one. [via Porsche]
New top model in the Cayenne model range
Porsche Introduces New Cayenne Turbo S with 550 hp
Atlanta. The Porsche Cayenne range is now expanded to include a Turbo S model with 550 hp, an increase of 50 hp from the Cayenne Turbo. The new Cayenne Turbo S sport utility vehicle employs advanced active chassis technologies. These technologies allow it to surpass the driving performance of many sports cars, while preserving the off-road capability, ride comfort and towing ability typical of the Cayenne.
In addition to an increase of 50 horsepower compared to the Cayenne Turbo, the Cayenne Turbo S also benefits from increased engine torque, which is boosted from 516 to 553 pound-feet. This translates into faster acceleration and a higher top speed. The sprint from zero to 60 mph now takes just 4.3 seconds (-0.1 seconds), and the Cayenne Turbo S accelerates to a top track speed of 175 mph (+ 3 mph).
The Cayenne Turbo S is equipped for maximum dynamic performance. Accordingly, it incorporates chassis and drivetrain technologies which are optional on the Cayenne Turbo. More specifically, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), and Power Steering Plus are now standard, in addition to the air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which is already standard on the Cayenne Turbo. PDCC allows for even flatter cornering, improving agility and ride comfort. PTV Plus adds torque vectoring at the rear wheels together with an electronically controlled rear differential lock, which improves traction and therefore offers more agility in a wide range of driving situations. The new Cayenne Turbo S is also equipped with the Sport Chrono package as standard, which includes an analog and digital timer located at the center of the dashboard. The performance display informs the occupants about the total driving time, lap distance covered so far and individual lap times. It also shows latitudinal and longitudinal acceleration via the TFT display in the instrument cluster.
The exterior of the Cayenne Turbo S lives up to the high standards of a top model. The front air intakes and rear view mirror trim are painted in high-gloss black. The standard 21-inch 911 Turbo II wheels with colored Porsche badges are exclusively tailored for the Cayenne Turbo S; their inside surfaces are painted in high-gloss black. The wheel arch extensions and rear spoiler separation edge are painted in exterior color. The model also features dual twin-tube sport tailpipes in polished Aluminum.
Porsche designers created an exclusive two-tone leather interior package that is available in either Black/Carrera Red or Black/Luxor Beige combinations. They feature an exclusive combination of contrasting colors and pieces that are further accented by deviated stitching throughout. Front and rear seats feature the Porsche Crest embossed on the headrests while the roof is covered in Alcantara® from front to rear. The instrument panel, door, and center console trim showcase the standard Carbon Fiber interior package that further complements the exclusive interior.
The Cayenne Turbo S is scheduled to go on sale in the spring of 2013 and is priced from $146,000 not including a $975 destination charge.