Preview by Veeno Dewan
“Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo GT is powered by a modified engine that the German automaker says is the most powerful V-8 it has ever produced.”
For 2022 Porsche lays out its Cayenne Turbo GT as an uber-luxury SUV with a $200,000 SUV and 631 Horsepower on tap.
The company says the Cayenne Turbo GT will represent the pinnacle of performance and handling in this sector. Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo GT is powered by a Modified engine that the German automaker says is the most potent V-8 it has ever produced. The Turbo GT will only be available in Coupe body style that is less boxy and more of a sleeker fastback style. There are six models in the Cayenne lineup: E-Hybrid, S, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S E-Hybrid, and the Turbo GT; priced from an almost tame $79,200 to the heady $270,000 for the halo Cayenne Turbo GT.
The engine of choice for the Turbo GT is the massaged, modified, and amped-up twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces as much as 631 horsepower with a stupendous 626 pound-feet of torque. Okay, if you must know, the 0-100 km/h sprint will take just 3.3 seconds, a few fractions of a second quicker than its super SUV rivals such as the Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ and BMW X5/X6 M Competition. The top speed is rated at 300 km/h. Proof of these laudable is the fact that in development at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, the Turbo GT lapped the 20.8 kilometers of the Nürburgring in 7:38.9 minutes, setting a new official record for production SUVs. The Cayenne Turbo GT also offers a faster-shifting eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, along with a modified Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system.
The Porsche Cayenne GT Turbo is a few fractions of a second quicker than its super SUV rivals such as the Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+, and BMW X5/X6 M Competition. Top speed is rated at 300 km/h.”
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT has a specific look that includes a unique front fascia with a larger front spoiler and more oversized side cooling air intakes. More giant wheel arch extensions house 22-inch GT Design wheels. At the rear, there is an adaptive extendable carbon fiber spoiler; a contoured carbon roof finishes off the look along with a model-exclusive sport exhaust system with titanium central tailpipes and a carbon-fiber rear diffuser.
Inside, there are new eight-way sport seats up front and two individual sport seats in the rear with perforated center panels in Alcantara and contrast accents in Neodyme or Arctic Grey. There is a Turbo GT script on the headrests. Interiors feature either bronze or Arctic Grey contrast stitching and a yellow marker line atop the steering wheel. This Turbo GT Cayenne is the first model to feature Porsche’s new infotainment system, which now has Android Auto capability along with Apple CarPlay. Porsche’s new changes to their infotainment system include a different UX and operating logic that will make the operation of the aid unit better. The Cayenne Turbo GT interior will have various unique trim-specific pieces.
In engineering, Porsche upgraded the V-8’s crankshaft, connecting rods, and pistons; enlarged the turbos’ compressor wheels; and increased the fuel injection flow rate and the intake and cooling systems’ airflow to make the additional power. The all-wheel-drive system’s transfer case is water-cooled. Porsche Traction Management gubbins on the Cayenne Turbo GT has been fitted with a water-cooled transfer case, which is said to increase the thermal capacity of the drivetrain under high loads.
Other performance highlights include a 17 millimeters lower ride height and engineered active and passive steering, suspension, and handling components. The adjustment of the three-chamber air suspension has been increased by 15 percent. At the same time, the damping ability of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the Power Steering Plus, and rear-axle steering has also been re-optimized.
The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system now operates with performance-oriented control software. In contrast, the Porsche Torque Vectoring system allows higher torque bias ratios. The front wheels are more expansive and wrapped in specifically designed 22-inch Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires. High-performance Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, with 17.3-inch front and 16.1-inch rear rotors.
The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT will arrive in Canadian dealerships by the end of 2021 at a starting price of $200,700.