2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo: Ultra Luxury, Ultra Fast
Your kids are late. You have errands to run. Work and school are on opposite sides of town. You need a new car because your upper-middle class life is facing a conundrum. Too much money and not enough time. You need speed, comfort, and space in equal priority. You want your neighbors to know you have dough to blow, but you also want it to be known that you didn't settle for the badge. You're not a car person but you like the idea of slaughtering a BMW M3 in a straight line... while carrying two kids and all your groceries simultaneously. You want a 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
If you're wondering how much faster a Cayenne Turbo can be compared to an M3, just look at the machine that's powering it. A twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 throwing down 550 horsepower at 5750-6000 rpm and 567 lb-ft of torque at 1960-4500 rpm. The same powerhouse as seen in the latest Porsche Panamera Turbo. It's down 0.8 liters in displacement, but it's up 40 horses and 17 lb-ft over the last generation. The zero-to-60 mph blitz is completed in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds with Sport Chrono package, eclipsing the old Cayenne Turbo S by 0.1 seconds overall. Approximately half a second quicker than a BMW M3. An 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission runs into an all-wheel-drive setup using Porsche Traction Management to aid in controlling the power. Top speed is raised to 177 mph if you have a fetish for federal crimes.
Climbing into the mid-sized SUV you'll be greeted by Porsche's latest Advanced Cockpit digital gauge cluster. The center tachometer is analogue, but all other instrumentation is represented by two 7-inch HD displays. Using steering wheel controls, you can control navigation, music, telemetry, forward looking thermal imaging, driver assistance, and more without having to glance at the center console - now home to a gargantuan 12.3-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback support. Cayenne Turbo models are privy to 18-way power seats, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and 710-watt Bose sound system as standard. A Burmeister system is optional. Non-Turbo exclusive features available on the third generation Cayenne include Porsche Communication Management, lane keep assist, lane change assist, parking assist, Surround View, pedestrian protection, adaptive cruise control, and LTE connectivity with Wifi hotspot.
Beneath its all aluminum skin, the Cayenne is as heavy as it looks at 4376 lbs (1985 kg). A 121 lb (55 kg) improvement versus the previous generation, but the addition of a heavier engine in the Turbo adds a few pounds of its own. Much of this weight is managed by its suspension where each corner has its own spring strut with three air chambers. This allows drivers to change the ride height at 6 different levels, and adapt the shocks and differential for five different types of terrain - On-road, gravel, mud, rock, and sand. Shocks are controlled by Porsche Active Suspension Management. If you're looking for more lateral control, Porsche offers electric rear-axle steering, 48-volt electrical Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control roll stabilization, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus for a nice chunk of cash.
Distinguishing the Cayenne Turbo apart from cheaper Cayennes is easy. Cayenne Turbos come standard with bespoke four-point LED headlights, 21-inch wheels, and an active rear wing which aids in downforce and braking. The wheels use 285/40 R21 and 315/35 R21 Michelin Latitude Sport tires designed for both on and off-road journeys. As an added bonus, the new Cayenne Turbo stops 79 inches (2 m) shorter than the last Turbo thanks to the standard Porsche Surface Coated Brakes; tungsten carbide sprayed layers coating cast iron brake discs allowing them to last longer and produce less dust. Carbon Composites cost extra but even if you're feeling eccentric it's a totally unnecessary option.
Prices for the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo start at $124,600 in the U.S. with sales beginning in Fall 2018. European markets like Germany will receive the new Cayenne Turbo at the end of 2017 as a 2018 model year at a starting price of EUR 138,850. If you live in the States and you don't feel like waiting over a year and a half for a disturbingly quick SUV, the 707-horsepower 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk costs $40,000 less and starts its deliveries 4th quarter 2017.