Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

Last week, Porsche surprised everyone with a press release. A model variant of the Cayenne, which wasn’t specified at the time, had lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a new record time for SUVs. After just 7:38.9 minutes, test driver Lars Kern returned from the 20.832-kilometer lap in the Eifel. Now the sports car brand is finally presenting the official model designation: Cayenne Turbo GT. For the first time, a model variant is available exclusively in one body style only, in this case the Cayenne Coupé. Porsche didn’t say whether the normal five-door Cayenne will also be available as a Turbo GT in the future. Compared with the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, Porsche lowered the new vehicle by around 17 millimeters. All chassis components and the control systems have been independently tuned. In addition, 22-inch Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) have been specially developed for the Turbo GT.

Engine modifications provide 640 hp

As with the Cayenne Turbo, the Turbo GT also has a four-liter V8 biturbo engine under the hood. Here it has been given a 90 hp boost to 471 kW/640 hp. Maximum torque is 850 Nm, 80 more than in the normal Turbo. This is made possible by new pistons, connecting rods, a timing chain drive, the crankshaft and torsional vibration dampers. The turbochargers, intercooling and intake system are also modified compared with the normal Turbo. In combination with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the SUV accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds and on to a topspeed of 186 mph. At the rear, two centrally located tailpipes ensure that the exhaust gases are vented to the outside. From the center of the vehicle to the rear, the exhaust system is made of titanium.

Carbon on the exterior, Alcantara on the interior

A new front bumper with larger side vents and integrated spoiler lip as well as carbon sideplates on the roof spoiler and a 25-millimeter larger, adaptively extending rear spoiler distinguish the Turbo GT from the Turbo. This provides up to 40 kilograms of downforce at topspeed. A second glance reveals the contoured carbon roof, black wheel arch extensions and 22-inch wheels in the color “Neodyme”. The new exhaust system is integrated into a carbon diffuser. The exclusive color “Arctic Grey” is available as an option for the body. Inside, the standard equipment includes extended Alcantara package, eight-way front sports seats, a sports rear seat system and contrasting stitching in neodyme or arctic grey. The “turbo GT” lettering is embroidered into the headrests. At the top of the multifunction steering wheel is a yellow zero mark and the trim decor is finished in matte black. First examples of the Cayenne Turbo GT will roll out to customers from September starting at € 196,078 in Germany.

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