Porsche has given its Cayenne Turbo range a sporty twist with the release of the new Turbo GT model, which is significantly more powerful than the regular Turbo variant.
With the order books now open, the Cayenne Turbo GT will be priced at R3 350 000 in South Africa, including a three-year / 100 000 km Drive Plan. What’s more the sporty new model will be available exclusively in the Coupe body style, complete with a four-seat interior.
The big news is on the powertrain front, where Porsche’s twin-turbo V8 has been cranked up to produce 471 kW and 850 N.m, which is a good 67 kW and 80 Nm more than you get in the regular Turbo model. Although it is the most powerful non-electrified model in the range, the GT is still not the most powerful Cayenne with that honour going to the 500 kW Turbo S e-hybrid.
However, the Turbo GT is the quickest Cayenne off the mark, with Porsche claiming a 0 – 100 km/h time of 3,3 seconds, which is an improvement of 0,6 seconds over the regular Turbo and 0,5 seconds over the heavier hybrid model.
As the badge would lead you to expect, the Cayenne Turbo GT also has a sportier chassis set-up than the regular Turbo, with the new model sitting 17 mm lower to the ground and boasting a model-specific suspension set-up. Porsche says that both the passive chassis elements and the active control system have been re-engineered to optimise handling and performance. Rolling on new 22-inch wheels, the Turbo GT is fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, which were developed specifically for this vehicle.
The proof of the pudding, however, is in the 7:38,9 minute Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time that was recently achieved with Porsche test driver Lars Kern at the wheel.
The Cayenne Turbo GT receives a unique cabin with individual sports seats front and rear, as well as GT-specific perforated seat centre panels in Alcantara. The seats also feature Arctic Grey or Neodyme contrast accents as well as GT logos on the headrests. Furthermore, buyers can look forward to Porsche’s new-generation PCM infotainment system, which now offers in-depth integration of Apple Music and Podcasts.