The following is a guest post by Ryan Konko. Ryan Konko is an expert in the automotive industry and currently holds the position of Senior Motoring Editor at www.MotoringExposure.com. MotoringExposure is an automotive website that is dedicated to providing the latest tuning car news, sexy cars, and high-end motoring lifestyle.
When Porsche entered the SUV game with its first-generation Cayenne model, it upset quite a few enthusiasts around the world. How could a sports car company produce an SUV? Blasphemy! While that debate still rages on to this day among Porsche purists, there’s no question that the Cayenne has some serious performance – especially the Turbo S model.
Now in its third generation, the Porsche Cayenne has enjoyed a great deal of sales success. The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is looking to build upon that success but this time with a bit more snarl than your average German SUV.
Underneath the hood of the new Cayenne Turbo S sits a 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, similar to those found in the Cayenne Turbo and Panamera Turbo models. But this engine is a bit different in the fact that Porsche was able to squeeze out an additional 50 horsepower and 37 lb-ft. of torque thanks to some of that German engineering magic. This pushes the total output of the Turbo S to 550 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 553 lb-ft. of torque from 2,250 to 4,500 RPM. All of those ponies are sent through an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission to all four wheels and shoots the SUV to 60 mph in a mere 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph as Porsche Traction Management works to prevent the tires from losing grip.
So what good is all that power without that Porsche sports car chassis? Well, the new Cayenne Turbo S is no pig when it comes to the turns thanks to the host of standard electronic aids and already sharp suspension setup. The SUV’s air suspension automatically adjusts to different driving styles thanks to Porsche Active Suspension Management and keeps things glued to the road with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and its rear differential lock. A standard Porsche Dyanmic Chassis Control helps utilize active roll bars to stabilize the suspension through turns and eliminate a great deal of body roll that plagues most SUVs and crossovers.
Bringing this hulking powerhouse to a halt is a set of gigantic 15.4-inch front and 14.1-inch rear brake discs clenched by unrelenting calipers. But if owners want even more stopping power, they can check the box next to the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes for lightweight and fade free braking performance.
The exterior of the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also has a bit of a harder edge than its siblings. New gloss black front air inlets help to redirect cool air to the two snails feeding boost pressure to the engine and the large set of front brakes. A new set of Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Bi-Xenon headlights give drivers better nighttime visibility thanks to its adjustable light range and feature matching gloss black housing. The standard 21-inch Turbo II wheels as featured on other Porsche models come standard, but COR Wheels can change that with a set of their own Porsche Cayenne wheels. The final touch is the “Turbo S” badge on the rear lift gate to differentiate the SUV from the rest of the lineup.
The interior features custom-tailored luxury that complements the turbocharged performance of the SUV. Owners will have two standard choices of leather color combinations with contrasting stitching along with alcantara accents throughout the cabin. Embroidered floor mats, illuminated stainless steel door entry sills, a unique dashboard plaque, and carbon fiber trim set help to make the cabin an exciting yet comfortable place to be.
Porsche hasn’t officially announced the MSRP of its new Cayenne Turbo S model, but it has said that deliveries will start in January of 2013. We’re guessing that it will cost a bit more than the Cayenne Turbo’s $108,750 price, think $120,000.
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