Porsche has unveiled a hardcore version of their range-topping SUV, the Cayenne Turbo GT.
This model boasts the brand’s most powerful eight-cylinder engine – which greatly improves both acceleration and top speed.
Orders for this high-performance SUV are now open, with deliveries expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Under the hood
At the heart of the new Cayenne Turbo GT lies a 4.0-litre, bi-turbo, V8 engine that generates 471kW and 850Nm – paired with a fast-shifting 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission.
This lets the large SUV sprint to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 300km/h – a 0.6 second and 14km/h improvement over the Turbo version.
The chassis, powertrain, and suspension then receive a GT-specific configuration, which sees this model sit 17mm lower than the standard variant.
“The most extensive upgrades were carried out in the areas of the crankshaft drive, turbocharger, direct fuel injection, induction system, and intercooler,” said the company.
The Active Suspension Management, Traction Management, and Dynamic Chassis Control programmes were also tweaked specifically for this SUV, which resulted in superb racetrack capabilities, said Porsche.
“This has been proven by Porsche test driver Lars Kern, who lapped the 20.832km Nurburgring Nordschleife with the Cayenne Turbo GT in a time of 7:38.9 minutes, setting a new official record for SUVs.”
Additional standard equipment that aims to improve performance includes wider front wheels, a sports exhaust system, and 22-inch lightweight alloys.
The wheels’ negative camber was also increased to give its specially-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres a larger contact patch.
The Cayenne Turbo GT features a unique exterior, with plenty of carbon fibre bits that help it stand out from the line-up.
At the front, you’ll find a GT-specific front apron and spoiler lip, as well as larger air intakes complemented by black wheel arch extensions and a carbon fibre roof.
Its aggressive look is further improved by GT-design wheels, an exclusive roof spoiler, an extended rear lip spoiler, and a new carbon fibre rear diffuser.
These additions increase downforce at top speeds by up to 40kg when compared to the standard Turbo model.
On the inside, the Turbo GT continues the athletic design with its four-seater-only layout.
Fitted at the front are electrically-adjustable sports seats, while the rear gets two seats as standard.
“They feature perforated seat centre panels in Alcantara, contrast accents in Neodyme or Arctic Grey, and Turbo GT lettering on their headrests,” said Porsche.
This SUV also debuts the next-generation Porsche Communication Management 6.0 infotainment system, featuring improved performance, a new layout, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT has a South African starting price of R3,350,000.
Each purchase includes a standard 3-year/100,000km Driveplan.