2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers more power, active aerodynamics and better brakes

Article by Christian A., on September 18, 2017

Around two weeks after Porsche unveiled the third generation of the Porsche Cayenne in Stuttgart, Germany, the sports car maker has taken the wraps off the turbo version of the sporty mid-sized SUV around 140 miles to the north in Frankfurt – the new 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Simply speaking, the new generation of the Cayenne Turbo is Porsche’s mid-sized SUV on steroids. Compared to the next-gen Cayenne and Cayenne that were recently unveiled, the Cayenne Turbo represents a big boost in power. The 2019 Cayenne is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 340 horsepower of max output and 332 pound-feet of torque, allowing the base Porsche mid-size SUV to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.

The Cayenne S, meanwhile, employs a bi-turbo 2.9-liter V6 mill delivering up to 440 hp of output and up to 406 lb.-ft. of torque – good for a 0-100 km/h dash of 4.9 seconds. Top speeds for the next-gen Cayenne and Cayenne S are at 152 mph and 165 mph, respectively.

Exterior Design

As for the exterior looks, the Cayenne Turbo differs a bit from the base and S models. Being the high-performance range-topper, the Cayenne Turbo is laden with a number of high-end or exclusive elements. For instance, its Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) has main headlights employing LED technology and offers a more distinctive night-time look with its double-row front light modules.

The Cayenne Turbo is the only Cayenne model that rides on 21-inch Turbo wheels as standard, fitting well into widened wheel arches with painted wheel arch trims. It is likewise the only Cayenne model with twin tailpipes. Its door trims and rear apron are finished in body color.

Interior Design

Inside, the Cayenne Turbo offers a sportier and more comfortable interior that employs high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit.

Equipped as standard are the 710-watt BOSE Surround Sound System as well as sports seats with 18-way adjustment and integrated headrests. Also standard is the heated multifunction sports steering wheel in an exclusive Turbo design.


On the other hand, the new Cayenne Turbo is powered by a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that could develop 550 hp (404 kW) of max output and 568 lb.-ft. (770 Nm) of peak torque. It is even more powerful than the previous Cayenne Turbo by 22 kW (30 hp) of output and 15 lb.-ft. (20 Nm) of torque. Power is sent through the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) via a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, allowing the new Cayenne Turbo to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds – reaching 3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package -- and achieving a top speed of 286 km/h. Interestingly, the engine is installed lower on the vehicle, resulting in a lower center of gravity and more precise cornering.

Primarily setting the Cayenne Turbo apart from the base and S versions is the fact that it employs active aerodynamics – the first SUV to have such feature. This active aerodynamics comes in the form of the adaptive roof spoiler, making the Cayenne Turbo the first SUV to employ such a component. Depending on its position, the adaptive roof spoiler could optimize fuel efficiency while increasing downforce on the rear axle. When in the airbrake position, this shortens the braking distance from higher speeds (two meters better at full braking from 250 km/h).

The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is underpinned by a new lightweight chassis that makes use of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) active shock-absorber system and a new three-chamber air suspension. Running on new mixed tires -- standard 285/40 at the front and 315/35 at the rear – the new Cayenne Turbo offers six selectable height levels. This means that the ground clearance of the mid-size SUV could be adjusted according to the terrain, including off-road adventures.

High-performance brakes are also part of the package for the new Cayenne Turbo. They come in the form of the high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) that employs tungsten carbide layer. This could heighten braking performance and resistance to wear. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is offered as an option.


Interested customers could now place their order for the new Cayenne Turbo, which is offered in Germany for EUR138,850 (including VAT and country-specific features). Porsche will commence sales of the new Cayenne Turbo in Europe in the end of 2017.

Press Release

All-new Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The four-litre V8 biturbo engine delivers 404 kW (550 hp; Fuel consumption combined 11.9–11.7 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 272–267 g/km). The increased driving dynamics are based on the combination of innovative technologies, such as active aerodynamics including roof spoiler, controlled three-chamber air suspension, mixed tyres and the new high-performance brake. With additional options, such as rear-axle steering or electric roll stabilisation with a 48-volt system, the SUV can even achieve the driving characteristics of a true sports car. The new Cayenne Turbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and reaches a top speed of 286 km/h.

Even sharper design
With an exclusive front end and the LED main headlights of the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), the Cayenne Turbo has an appearance that is both dominant and independent. At night, the new Turbo sets itself apart from other Cayenne models with its double-row front light modules. The side view is characterised by standard 21-inch Turbo wheels specially reserved for the top model, in widened wheel arches with painted wheel arch trims. The twin tailpipes, specific to the Turbo, are the key distinguishing features on the rear end. The door trims and rear apron are painted in the exterior colour. The completely new interior demonstrates the increased spread of the Cayenne Turbo: more sportiness and more comfort at the same time. Virtually all the vehicle functions of the fully networked SUV can be displayed and operated using the high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit. Among them, for example, is the BOSE® Surround Sound System with 710 watts, fitted as standard. Drivers and passengers experience this top-of-the-range model in sports seats with 18-way adjustment. The integrated headrests are a new feature and are also reminiscent of the 911. All seats and the multifunction sports steering wheel in an exclusive Turbo design are heated as standard.

Greater power, greater torque: biturbo eight-cylinder with 550 hp
At the heart of the Cayenne Turbo is the new four-litre V8 engine with twin turbocharging. With an output of 404 kW (550 hp), it exceeds the engine of its predecessor by 22 kW (30 hp), while the maximum torque of 770 Nm represents an increase of 20 Nm. The new eight-speed Tiptronic S converts both into acceleration and speed by means of the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM). The new Turbo sprints to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and reaches a top speed of 286 km/h. As is characteristic for new engine generations, the exhaust turbochargers are arranged inside the cylinder V, in the “central turbo layout”. The shortened exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbochargers mean that the engine is especially responsive, while the central turbo layout results in significantly improved power delivery. Another advantage is the compact construction of the engine. This enables a lower installation position, which has a positive effect on the driving dynamics: The centre of gravity is lower and the cornering precision is higher.

Active chassis with three-chamber air suspension and mixed tyres
The new lightweight chassis of the Cayenne Turbo combines the best of three worlds: the precision of a sports car, the comfort of a saloon and the adaptability of an off-road vehicle. In particular, the combination of the new three-chamber air suspension with the active shock-absorber system PASM extends the range considerably. The concept of the new mixed tyres with standard dimensions of 285/40 at the front and 315/35 at the rear comes from sports car construction and produces even better longitudinal and lateral power transmission. Three air chambers per spring strut are used in the adaptive air suspension design, therefore the chassis is able to map different spring rates. With six selectable height levels, the ground clearance can be manually adjusted to suit the offroad terrain. They are also actively controlled via five new driving programmes for road journeys and off-road journeys. Complemented by optional rear-axle steering, the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+), the new Cayenne Turbo achieves the driving dynamics of a sports car. At the same time, its everyday suitability in terms of parking and turning manoeuvres is improved, as is the comfort level.

First SUV with adaptive roof spoiler and new high-performance brake
The new Cayenne Turbo is the first SUV to have an adaptive roof spoiler as a component of its active aerodynamics. Depending on the position, this optimises efficiency, increases downforce on the rear axle and, in the airbrake position, shortens the braking distance from higher speeds. At full braking from 250 km/h, the SUV comes to a stop up to two metres earlier as a result. The aerodynamic system therefore complements the effect of the new high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) which takes care of deceleration in the Cayenne Turbo as standard. The tungsten carbide layer applied to the steel discs increases braking performance and resistance to wear while reducing the amount of brake dust at the same time, meaning less dirt on the rims. The top system in the programme remains the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).

The new Cayenne Turbo is available to order now, with the market launch in Europe scheduled for the end of 2017. In Germany, the top model of the SUV model line costs EUR 138,850 including VAT and country-specific features.

Source: Porsche

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