Porsche Cayenne Turbo debuts with insane performance specs

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The completely new top-of-the-range model from the third generation of the Cayenne is once again raising the bar for sporty performance in its segment.

Overcoming some degree of mass is a twin-turbocharged iteration of Porsche's 4.0-litre V8. Paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it will move this third-generation Cayenne from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and onto an impressive top speed of 177 miles per hour.

The specs for the new Cayenne Turbo are impressive. Other changes include the body-color door trims and rear apron.

Keeping all that power sedated are a bunch of electronics and tech wizardry going on the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

The interior has also been reworked; almost all functions can display in high resolution on and be activated from the touchscreen. Among them, for example, is the BOSE® Surround Sound System with 710 watts, fitted as standard. The Turbo also gets 18-way adjustable seats with integrated headrests, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats all around as standard. The V8 sends its power to all four wheels via a new 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission. It also reaches a top speed of 178 miles per hour. Like the latest Mercedes-AMG engines, the 4.0-liter's twin-turbochargers are placed inside the cylinder V between the cylinder heads in the so-called "hot inside V" layout. Another advantage is the compact construction of the engine.

Helping keep the new Cayenne stuck to the ground is a new three-chamber air suspension setup. Extra wide tires, measuring 285/40 up front and 315/35 out back, help stick all 550 horses to the road. At the same time, its everyday suitability in terms of parking and turning manoeuvres is improved, as is the comfort level.

Of note is the new active roof spoiler, a first for a high-performance SUV, claims Porsche. Yep, the Cayenne has an adaptive rear spoiler - the first time such a thing has been fitted on an SUV according to Porsche - and when it's not adding downforce or position to increase efficiency, it's able to tilt up and increase drag considerably. Engineers tell auto it'll lop two metres off the stopping distance from 155mph. The Cayenne Turbo's steel brake discs are coated with tungsten carbide which increases braking performance, minimizes wear, and reduces brake dust.

The new 2019 Cayenne Turbo will be available in Canada next summer with pricing starting from $139,700. The company employs a team of more than 40 in sales, aftersales, finance, marketing, network development, and public relations.

Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., a dedicated subsidiary of Porsche AG, imports and distributes Porsche vehicles in Canada. In 2016, Porsche sold an unprecedented 7,061 units in Canada, up 10% over the prior year.

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