The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is here to break the rules. A full-sized SUV is supposed to be slow, unwieldy and feels as if the suspension is made from marshmallows. However, the Cayenne Turbo S disagrees with those stereotypes and still offers the practicality of a full-sized SUV. The easiest way for Porsche to explain this was to release the official Nurburgring lap time, which is a staggering 7 minutes and 59 seconds. Yes, an SUV laid down a sub-8 minute lap time at the infamous Ring. It may seem impossible, but we are talking about Porsche here, and they have added some performance to the previous generation of the Cayenne.
In front of the driver sits a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 590 ft-lb of torque. Supporting components like the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) help the Cayenne Turbo keep itself composed when it’s time to slow down. This car features self-leveling air suspension with ride height control and continuous shock absorber adjustment with three mappings (PASM). It also has active roll compensation Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). Each of these features works together to make instant changes to keep the Cayenne Turbo S firmly planted to the road in any situation. You can expect the familiar Porsche design interior that makes you feel as if you are in the driver’s seat of a true sports car, yet still touts the practicality of an SUV. The Cayenne Turbo S is the easy answer for someone needing plenty of space but doesn’t want to give up the enjoyment of driving a sports car.
2018 PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO S SPECS
Engine: 4.8-liter Twin-Turbo V8
Torque: 590 lb-ft
0-60: 3.8 seconds
Top Speed: 176 mph
Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic S Automatic