2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT: A real rocket

Nineteen. This is now the number of versions that have made up the Cayenne range since the arrival of the new Turbo GT, which is available exclusively in coupé configuration. As you know, Porsche has been a master of the art of fine segmentation for a long time, and the 911 Carrera and Panamera series are equally bloated, with 23 versions for the sports car and 24 for the German manufacturer’s luxury sedan. Add to all this several sets of extras and accessories, which have become a real business model at Porsche, and you get the winning recipe developed by the famous German brand…

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More breath and sound

In the Cayenne range, the Turbo GT is positioned between the Turbo, whose engine produces 541 horsepower, and the Turbo S E-Hybrid with a plug-in hybrid engine of 670 horsepower. That’s 631 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque generated by the Cayenne Turbo GT’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, enough for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds with the addition of the Sport Chrono package . The Cayenne Turbo GT is half a second faster than the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is more powerful but also heavier. A purely thermal Cayenne could have been given the designation Turbo S, but the management at Porsche chose this new Turbo GT nomenclature to highlight the difference with the Turbo S E-Hybrid with a hybrid engine. From a technical point of view, this version of the biturbo V8 has been modified with a charge pressure increased to 23 psi, while the exhaust pipe, made of titanium, has no central muffler, has movable flaps and ends with the central location of the two nozzles. As a soundtrack, hard to do better!

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Lower ground clearance and firmer suspension

Its more distinctive character is also expressed by its ground clearance lowered by 17 millimeters compared to the Cayenne Turbo, its revised axle geometry with negative camber increased by 0.45, its air shocks stiffened by 15% in Sport + mode, its ceramic composite brakes and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, specially developed for the Turbo GT, with 22-inch alloy wheels. On smooth roads, the Turbo GT is pure fun to drive with impressive liveliness and precision for an SUV over two tonnes. It is noteworthy to note that body roll in corners is reduced to almost zero, thanks in part to the active anti-roll bars.

In addition, the Turbo GT is equipped with active four-wheel steering, which makes it very manoeuvrable, and the four-wheel drive prioritizes the rear axle for leading dynamics. Also the red button push to pass, located in the center of the drive mode selector on the steering wheel, instantly calibrates all the car’s systems to optimize performance for 20 seconds. However, the very firm ground connections make it much less comfortable on smoother rides on cracked or broken roads, as you feel the slightest roughness and the vehicle reacts sharply to the slightest jolt.

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A mouth from hell

The Turbo GT stands out with its specific bumper and enlarged air intakes, its profiled carbon roof to reduce weight by 22 kilos and lower the center of gravity, as well as its rear diffuser and widened wheels in black. Note that our tester’s stunning Light Oak Green Metallic color is a $13,050 option, and the 22-inch satin neodymium alloy wheels are stunning.

The Turbo GT’s cabin is lined with alcantara, the multifunction steering wheel has a yellow midday badge and the front seats offer excellent cornering support. The new PCM 6.0 infotainment system is on board and offers wireless connectivity with Apple CarPlay, but Android device users will have to resort to a cable to pair their laptop with the vehicle.

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With its hellish face and its very typical behavior, the Cayenne Turbo GT does not cut corners and is aimed at customers who prioritize sporty driving above all else. Its price is substantial, starting at $200,700, while adding options quickly inflates the bill, which is $228,910 for our test vehicle. Capable of a time of 7 minutes 38 seconds and 9 tenths over the 20.832 kilometers of the Nürburgring in the expert hands of test driver Lars Kern, the Cayenne Turbo GT is a real rocket, a sign of our times when certain SUVs imitate authentic sports. .

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