As sure as night follows day, the reveal of a new Porsche Cayenne is followed by the reveal of a new Cayenne Turbo.
This third-generation model delivers a sizeable step forward in performance, dynamics and luxury packed with the latest technology from the VAG family.
Powering this beast to 100km/h in 4.1sec and on to a top speed of 286km/h is Porsche’s new 404kW/770Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 shared with the latest Panamera Turbo.
It has the turbos tucked into the cylinder ‘vee’ to improve response and is attached to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Ticking the Sport Chrono option box drops the 0-100km/h claim to a ludicrous 3.9sec, matching our best time in the current Cayenne Turbo S.
Putting this prodigious power to the ground is a rear-biased all-wheel drive system and massive tyres measuring 285/40 front and 315/35 rear wrapped around 21-inch wheels.
Controlling its substantial mass (no figure is quoted but it will be north of two tonnes) is three-chamber adaptive air suspension, active anti-roll bars operated by the new 48-volt electrical system, torque vectoring and rear-wheel steering.
Braking is improved courtesy of a new tungsten carbide coating on the standard steel discs – carbon-ceramics remain optional – and an adaptive rear roof spoiler that acts as an air-brake, Porsche claiming it chops two metres off the braking distance from 250km/h.
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Inside there are major changes, with most vehicle functions controlled via the giant central touchscreen, while the slick new centre console from the Panamera also makes an appearance, replacing the button-fest of the current Cayenne.
All seats are heated, the electric front chairs are 18-way adjustable and there’s a 710-watt BOSE surround sound stereo. Australian deliveries are expected to being in mid-2018; pricing is not yet announced but expect a small increase from the current Cayenne Turbo’s $237,800.