Porsche Cayenne gets Turbo S power

The luxury market's most popular SUV gets an eighth variant with a monstrous 550hp

Tck! As if the Turbo isn't fast enough... 

It was always part of Porsche's game, my friend. What you see here are official pictures of the Cayenne Turbo S, the eighth variant in Porsche's popular SUV model range.

The 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 motor of the regular Turbo has been modified with new air intakes, more turbo boost pressure and a rejigged engine management system to increase power from 500hp to 550hp. As well, torque swells from 700Nm to 750Nm.

Porsche is really busy expanding its SUV line-up to ensure that it can capture the widest possible audience of buyers needing either petrol, diesel or hybrid technology.

But isn't the BMW X6 M more powerful?

Yes, the X6 is more powerful than the Cayenne Turbo S. The Bimmer's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces a higher 555hp. However, the 0-100kph acceleration time of 5sec is still slower than the Porsche's 4.5sec.

Just to let you know: the Cayenne Turbo S is half a second quicker than the normal Turbo. And if it really matters to you, top speed rises from 278kph to 283kph for the new range-topping Cayenne.

But I bet the Merc ML63 is quicker?

No, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG isn't faster than the Cayenne Turbo. Even when specced with the Power Pack version, the ML63's 557hp 5.5-litre V8 is only good enough for a 4.7sec time.

It appears that Porsche has, once again, put the Cayenne on top of its class when it comes to outright performance. Oh, and fuel consumption in the Cayenne Turbo S is the same with the Turbo at 8.7kpl.

How can I feel special in the Turbo S, then?

Apart from the badge, the Turbo S is distinguished with features like 21-inch wheels, new headlamp casings, carbon interior bits and a flashy-looking red leather upholstery.

All of this increased performance and aesthetics come to around 18 million baht when the Cayenne Turbo S goes on sale in January.

Cayenne Turbo S goes from 0-100kph in 4.5sec.

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