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All-new Porsche Cayenne Turbo parks all its 550 horsepower in Frankfurt

Performance specs to shame many sports cars

Porsche has waited for the Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal the all-new 2018 Cayenne Turbo, the range-topping model of the redesigned SUV — at least until a Turbo S E-Hybrid variant comes along.

The new Cayenne Turbo takes everything the recently-unveiled, third-generation Cayenne has to offer and dials it up a notch. It's powered by a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that produces 550 hp (404 kW) and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque the Cayenne Turbo — 30 hp and 20 Nm more than its predecessor.

The engine is hooked to a new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission that sends power to the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM). As a result, the Cayenne Turbo sprints from 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and reaches a top speed of 286 km/h (178 mph).

Porsche thinks that's good enough reason to call it the 911 of SUVs, but we wouldn't go that far. Still, the Cayenne Turbo has plenty of tricks up its sleeves to support that statement.

It features an active chassis with a three-chamber air suspension with six selectable height levels, as well as the active shock-absorber system PASM. It also features new mixed tires, as well as the optional rear-axle steering. Add available systems such as the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilization connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system, and the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+), and the 911 reference starts to make some sense. Still, let's not forget we're talking about an SUV that weighs more than 2 tonnes.

Design-wise, the new Cayenne Turbo distinguishes itself from less powerful Cayennes thanks to a more aggressive front end with LED headlights featuring double-row light modules, unique 21-inch Turbo wheels housed by the wider wheel arches with painted trims, as well as twin tailpipes at the rear. Other changes include the body-color door trims and rear apron.

The cabin features the high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, a BOSE Surround Sound System with 710 watts, 18-way adjustable sports seats at the front with integrated headrests, as well as a heated steering wheel in an exclusive Turbo design. All seats are heated as well.

The new Cayenne Turbo is available to order now and will arrive in European dealerships at the end of the year. Prices in Germany start from €138,850 including VAT. U.S. deliveries are expected in fall 2018 (which is why it will be sold as a 2019 model), with prices starting at $124,600 plus a $1,050 processing and delivery fee.

Do you really need the off-road capabilities of the Cayenne Turbo? Because if you don't, we strongly suggest the gorgeous Panamera Sport Turismo instead.

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