Since its inception, the Porsche Cayenne was always known as a driver’s SUV. It has the Porsche magic when it comes to driving and handling, and purists still rate it highly in terms of performance. Now though, that performance barrier has been pushed even further thanks to the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. The standard ‘turbo’ already packed a punch, but the GT takes it to a whole new level. Such is the performance that the Turbo GT makes it the fastest SUV around the famous Nürburgring, clocking a time of 7min 38sec. It has managed to blitz past the Audi RS Q8, and that in itself is quite an achievement.
The Turbo GT is based on the Coupe version of the Cayenne Turbo, but it rides 17mm lower, bringing about minor tweaks to the chassis and electronics. Not just that, there has also been some tinkering done to the air suspension, dampers and steering setup. All combined, it has resulted in better cornering grip and better body balance than the standard version.
Powering the Turbo GT is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that has also gone through some significant changes. The crankshaft, turbocharger, fuel injection system and a lot more has been re-tuned for the Turbo GT, and it all comes together when you unleash 631bhp. Mated to the engine is the 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, which has also been upgraded. You can also expect the exhaust note to sound sweet thanks to a titanium sports exhaust system.
Visually, the GT Turbo has all the common Cayenne cues. The curved panels, large rounded off headlamps with some high tech LED tech and a wide front end with massive intakes. There is a GT specific front apron along with stunning-looking 22-inch Neodyme wheels. The other GT specific touch is the carbon side plates for the roof spoiler. All in all, the exterior mods bring with them 40kg more of downforce, which we’re guessing came in handy during that Nürburgring run.
The interior also features subtle changes exclusive to the Turbo GT, like the perforated seat centre panels in Alcantara, contrast accents in Neodyme or Arctic Grey and ‘turbo GT’ lettering on their headrests. In terms of tech, Porsche’s latest communications system (PCM) has been introduced with the Turbo GT, and as before, you get all the usual features through the touchscreen infotainment.
Serious buyers for the Turbo GT will have to place an order, and the cars are expected to hit the global showrooms by September this year.