Here is the scenario: two amazing Porsches. Which to do first?
Our first article definitely led with the new Targa GTS — until we looked at the spec sheets.
The PDK Targa GTS sprints to 60-mph in a very-respectable 4.1-seconds with the PDK pack.
But brace yourself for some real heat with the new Cayenne Turbo S. This $160,000 super-truck is now the quickest SUV of all time: 3.8-seconds to 60-mph.
Apologies for the lack of formatting in the specs below. Screenshots of the full specs PDF included, however, as proof of this unbelievably quick new Cayenne Turbo S.
The price for this amazing SUV speed? A base of $158,000.
The Targa 4 GTS comes in at $133,000 before cool options like PDLS+ and the black sport exhaust.
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
The new Cayenne Turbo S: The top athlete among SUVs
At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Porsche is also introducing the new Cayenne Turbo S – the top model of the sporty SUV range. Its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine now develops 570 hp and 590 ft.-lb. of torque. A chassis that is tuned for maximum driving dynamics and packs a wide range of control systems also makes the Cayenne Turbo S a genuine top athlete. It can complete a lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes. The Cayenne sets a new record for SUVs here, and it also proves that every Porsche is a genuine sports car – even in this vehicle segment.
The more spontaneous response of the twin-turbo engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. This new approach also improves combustion. The high-performance engine offers 20 more horsepower and 37 ft. lb. more torque than the previous engine. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds – which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. Its top track speed is now 176 mph.
Cayenne Turbo S
Engine layout Front engine
Engine type V8 twin-turbo
Valves per cylinder 4
Construction Aluminum block and heads
Fuel injection Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)
Displacement (Liters) 4.8
Bore/Stroke (mm/mm) 96 mm / 83 mm
Maximum horsepower @ rpm 570 hp @ 6,000
Maximum torque @ rpm 590 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 – 4,000
Maximum engine speed (rpm) 6700
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Output per liter 118.6
Lubrication Integrated dry-sump lubrication
Electrical System 12 V, 2660 W alternator; battery capacity 92 Ah
Power to weight ratio [lb/hp] 8.64 lb/hp
Management DME Conti SDI 10
Drivetrain Active all wheel drive
Chassis & Suspension
Body Monocoque lightweight body in a combination of steel,
aluminum and magnesium
Front Axle Aluminum double wishbone
Rear Axle Aluminum multi-link
Steering System Variable ratio power steering
Steering Ratio 15.9 : 1
Turning Circle 39.0 ft.
Brakes & Wheels
Caliper type Aluminum monobloc fixed-caliper brake
Rotor material Composite ceramic
Caliper color Yellow
Number of pistons (front/rear) 10 / 4
Rotor diameter (front/rear) mm 420 mm / 370 mm
Rotor thickness (front/rear) mm 40 mm / 30 mm
Standard wheel [size & name] 21″ RS Spyder Design Wheel
Wheels (front/rear) 10J x 21″ ET 50
Tires (front/rear) 295/35 R21
Number of gears 8-speed
Transmission type Tiptronic
Front Axle Ratio 2.58
Rear Axle Ratio 2.92
Final Drive Ratio 2.92
Clutch/Converter diameter (inches) 10.7 in.
Dimensions, Aerodynamics, & Weight
Length (inches/mm) 191.1 in./ 4855 mm
Wheelbase (inches/mm) 114.0 in. / 2895 mm
Width w/ mirrors (inches/mm) 85.2 in. / 2165 mm
Width w/o mirrors (inches/mm) 78.7 in. / 2000 mm
Height- Air Suspension, Normal (inches) 67.0
Height- Air Suspension, Loading Level (inches) 64.9
Height- Air Suspension, Low Level (inches) 66.1
Height- Air Suspension, Low Level @ speed (inches) 65.7
Height- Air Suspension,Off-road I (inches) 68.0
Height- Air Suspension,Off-road II (inches) 69.2
Track width front (inches/mm) 65.4 in. /1661 mm
Track width rear (inches/mm) 65.9 in./1675 mm
Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.36
Legroom (inches) TBD
Headroom (inches) TBD
Cargo area volume (cu.-ft.) seats up 24 cu.-ft.
Cargo area volume (cu.-ft.) seats down 60 cu.-ft.
Fuel tank capacity – refill volume (gal) 26.4 gal.
Curb weight (lbs) min 4927 lbs.
Curb weight (lbs) max 5478 lbs.
Gross Vehicle Weight (lbs) 6393 lbs.
Payload range (lbs) – depend on options 915 lbs. – 1466 lbs.
Roof load- Max (lbs) 220 lbs.
Towing Capacity- unbraked (lbs) 1653 lbs.
Towing Capacity- braked (lbs) 7716 lbs.
Tongue Weight- Max (lbs) 617 lbs.
Ground Clearance- Air Suspension, Normal (inches) 8.4 in.
Ground Clearance- Air Suspension, Loading Level (inches) 6.4 in.
Ground Clearance- Air Suspension, Low Level (inches) 7.6 in.
Ground Clearance– Air Suspension, Low Level @ speed (inches) 7.2 in.
Ground Clearance- Air Suspension,Off-road I (inches) 9.5 in.
Ground Clearance–Air Suspension,Off-road II (inches) 10.7 in.
Wading Depth- Air Suspension, Normal (inches) 19.6 in.
Wading depth- Air Suspension, Low Level (inches) 18.5 in.
Wading depth– Air Suspension, Low Level @ speed (inches) 18.3 in.
Wading depth- Air Suspension,Off-road I (inches) 20.6 in.
Wading depth–Air Suspension,Off-road II (inches) 21.8 in.
Ramp-over angle- Air Suspension, Normal (degrees) 20.0°
Ramp-over angle- Air Suspension, Loading Level (degrees) 16.0°
Ramp-over angle- Air Suspension, Low Level (degrees) 18.5°
Ramp-over angle– Air Suspension, Low Level @ speed (degrees) 17.5°
Ramp-over angle- Air Suspension,Off-road I (degrees) 22.5°
Ramp-over angle–Air Suspension,Off-road II (degrees) 25.0°
Approach angle- Air Suspension, Normal (degrees) 26.4°
Approach angle- Air Suspension, Loading Level (degrees) 22.2°
Approach angle- Air Suspension, Low Level (degrees) 25.0°
Approach angle– Air Suspension, Low Level @ speed (degrees) 23.6°
Approach angle- Air Suspension,Off-road I (degrees) 27.8°
Approach angle–Air Suspension,Off-road II (degrees) 29.8°
Departure angle- Air Suspension, Normal (degrees) 23.6°
Departure angle- Air Suspension, Loading Level (degrees) 21.0°
Departure angle- Air Suspension, Low Level (degrees) 23.0°
Departure angle– Air Suspension, Low Level @ speed (degrees) 21.1°
Departure angle- Air Suspension,Off-road I (degrees) 24.7°
Departure angle–Air Suspension,Off-road II (degrees) 26.7°
Top track speed (mph) 176 mph
Acceleration 0-60 with Sport Chrono (sec) 3.8 sec
The Cayenne Turbo S also underlines its position as a top performer in its chassis systems. Its standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) include 16.5 inch front brake discs and, for the first time, ten-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 14.6 inch discs and four-piston calipers. The active roll stabilization system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), actively reduces body roll when driving through curves. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) increases dynamic handling and stability by making specific brake interventions at the right or left rear wheel – this noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision. The active all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanently drives the rear wheels while offering highly variable power distribution to the front wheels. Some advantages of the interplay between all systems: excellent driving dynamics and traction as well as a high level of agility on any road.
Standard features of the Cayenne Turbo S reflect the top level of this model. They include 21-inch wheels in distinctive 911 Turbo design with black painted edges, LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), full-leather interior with Porsche logo embossed on all head restraints, as well as interior carbon accents. Interior styling in a black/cream color combination is making its debut in the Cayenne Turbo S. Creating exterior visual accents are the air inlet surrounds at the front of the vehicle that is painted in gloss black, the undersides of the door mirrors in the same color, and the roof spoiler and wheel arch moldings in body color. A sport exhaust system is available as an option in combination with a switchable sound symposer, which optimally transmits the genuine V8 sound experience into the interior.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will be launched in the United States in late-April 2015. The MSRP for the Cayenne Turbo S is $157,300. MSRP does not include a destination charge of $995.
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