Provoking the rage of the whole automotive world, Porsche introduced a new and revolutionary vehicle in 2002. As Porsche needed a sales boost at the time, the vehicle which was based on a Volkswagen platform really was a “get rich or die trying “move by the Porsche officials.
Its name was the Porsche Cayenne, and it was not a sports car in any way (at least it did not seem to be). Cayenne became a top seller, and now in its second generation, it remains as one of the most important vehicles in the Porsche lineup.
Reaching every highway and embarrassing every vehicle on its way, the Porsche Cayenne soon became the number one choice for all executives and bad boys of the world. However, there are two versions this car is renowned for.
Please, let’s have a standing ovation for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – the most outrageous SUVs on the road. Following in the footsteps of the sports cars Porsche is known for, the second generation of the Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S brought their claws and pumping heart in a slightly different manner than before.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S
Styled after the newest Porsche vehicles and furnished with an active body kit, the sophisticated Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S again showed their teeth to mighty German newcomers such as the BMW M X5 and ML 63 AMG. Though the new Range Rover Sport came along (as well as Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8),the Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S are still dominating the top of this list. However, those two are not the same cars; they differ in a couple of crucial areas.
First of all, the Turbo S is 99 lbs. heavier than the Turbo, but with that weight, the Turbo S gained fine leather seats, a beautiful audio system, fully adjustable bi-xenon lights, a glossy front grill and black headlight housings. These are only the visual differences; what really matters is under the hood. Powered by a 550 HP powerful 4.8 liter V8, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is 50 HP more powerful than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. More power somehow counteracts the added weight, and the sheer speed is thus increased.
Reaching 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds, this mighty SUV is faster than the Audi R8 V8. Like that was not unusual enough, the pulling power of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is also more aggressive in comparison to that “sporty“ Audi. The Turbo reaches 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. However, some sources say that Porsche is a bit shy in expressing what their cars are capable of. We know now that the Carrera GT can achieve 62 mph in merely 3.5 seconds, though Porsche persistently claims that the Carrera GT needs 3.9 seconds for that. Believe it or not, the four-wheel driven Cayenne Turbo S is capable of achieving 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. How cool is that? Bear in mind this is not a small car. It is enormous, even bigger than the previous model, but we have to be honest and say there is a way to make this monster a bit lighter. Simply opt for the absolutely fabulous Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).
Besides the difference in the power output, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S comes equipped with self-adjusting suspension systems, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) or Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). All of this decreases the body roll, increases the stability of the vehicle, and tightens up the whole essence of the car. With all this, the Cayenne Turbo S becomes a sports car which absolutely forgets its SUV roots.