The 1992 GMC Typhoon could have been the very first identified situation of this high-performance SUV virus, but now also Ferrari is running a high temperature. Signs and symptoms can consist of weight gain, swelling of underhood forces, raised revenue margins, and thinking of a brand name's heritage.
The arrival of our Cayenne Turbo S examination cars and truck was timely since we had actually just taken another look at the BMW X5 M, the Porsche's principal competitor that is due for a refresh of its own soon; despite base costs some $60,000 apart, these 2 are really comparable both in goal and implementation. This second-gen Cayenne debuted for the 2011 version year; the Turbo S was last upgraded to its existing state of the song for 2016, which we've formerly tested in both Germany and Sweden. But this is the first time we've had the ability to affix our testing devices to one.
One Sick Patient
Like the Bimmer, the Porsche's gutsy 4.8-liter V-8 utilizes a pair of turbochargers to produce its optimum 570 horsepower and also 590 lb-ft of torque-- topping the X5 M's 4.4-liter by a mere 3 equines however a more substantial 37 lb-ft. (The 2017 design betters the 2014 Turbo S we last examined by 20 horses as well as 37 lb-ft.) And thanks to our test car's $3210 variable performance exhaust, that enormous power is accompanied by a guttural V-8 bellow that appears nicely healthy and balanced in all the ways the X5 M's artificial murmur does not.
The top-spec Cayenne additionally features a masterfully tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, as well as the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) system, which allocates drive the rear wheels by means of specific brake applications as well as an electronically controlled differential. As well as you can't miss out on the Turbo S's conventional carbon-ceramic stoppers, which set you back $8840 on lesser Cayennes. Their hulking calipers, real estate no fewer than 10 pistons each (!) ahead as well as 4 each in back, twist around the enormous 16.5-inch front and also 14.6-inch back blades like bright-yellow developments. In spite of some preliminary squishiness to the Porsche's brake pedal, their bite is strong and easy to regulate, with none of the squealing as well as jerkiness that pestered the early days of carbon-ceramic brakes.
Various another conventional price at this level consists of Porsche's PDCC active anti-sway bars, in addition to the Sports Chrono bundle with its dashtop analog lap timer and also hard-core Sports Plus framework setup. The Turbo S could quickly tow your 911 GT3 to the track (it's rated to pull 7716 extra pounds) as well as has up to 10.7 inches of ground clearance if you really feel they have to go off-roading in a 5130-pound SUV that Porsche says can lap the Nürburgring in less than 8 mins.
The Cayenne's motorist grips a wheel that is rewardingly tactile and also responsive, even if it is unsurprisingly silenced compared to those of the brand name's sports cars. And the standard torque-converter automated does an exceptional perception of Porsche's virtually clairvoyant dual-clutch automatic transmission, with smooth, intelligently timed shifts that transform whip-snap company when you stress the engine to its max. Some Porschephiles still could hold this SUV as an abomination, however, the Turbo S's flow via edges and also outrageous velocity make it deserving of the Porsche crest. Relying on the driving settings (Comfort, Sport, and also Sports Plus), the Cayenne's four-corner, driver-adjustable air suspension could produce either athletic poise or careless suppleness-- and excellent calmness at absurd speeds. Although the Turbo S does not share the X5 M's enthusiasm to revolve at the limit, neither does its extraordinary body control as well as certified trip top quality interfere with its daily livability.
In the imaginary world where luxury SUVs contest on the racetrack, nonetheless, this Cayenne drops somewhat short of its opponent from Munich. Unlike the X5 M's staggered, Michelin Pilot Super Sport-- shod setup, the Turbo S's 21-inch wheels (the 20s are a no-cost alternative) are of a square plan with 295/35R -21 Yokohama Advan Sport V105 efficiency tires at each corner. The big brakes and rollers helped return a remarkable 156-foot quit from 70 miles per hour as well as 0.95 g of the stick on the skidpad, yet both numbers pathed the 173-pound-heavier BMW's. And while the lighter, torquier Turbo S has the needed grunt to defeat the X5 M to 150 miles per hour by 1.6 seconds, its 3.8-second dash to 60 mph and 12.2-second run through the quarter-mile only amounted to the Bimmers.
Aside from the yellow brakes and the burbling exhaust, the Turbo S's exterior doesn't appear as bold as its efficiency, with sophisticated, understated looks that approach sterile for a performance vehicle of this caliber. But the cabin is pure Porsche, with exquisite products, flawlessly well-balanced controls, as well as the brand's familiar tool collection with the main tachometer and also electronic speedo. Regardless of the button overload on the facility console (a strategy Porsche is moving away from with the latest Panamera and the new Cayenne), all of its jobs quite harmoniously. As well as the basic 18-way power-adjustable front seats are both all-day deluxe as well as very encouraging. The Cayenne's 24 cubic feet of freight area behind the back seats drop well except the X5 M's 36 dices, though. And in terms of gas economic situation, barely a bargain breaker in the Turbo S's rarified air, the Porsche balanced only 13 mpg throughout its remain with us versus the BMW's 16; both vehicles returned the very same 20 mpg on our 75-mph highway test.
Bleeding the System
Porsche's notoriously comprehensive order sheet reads like a health center bill, itemizing almost whatever as an additional price. You would assume that $160K would consist of a backup cam as well as distance entry, yet Porsche's à la carte configurator listings those as options for $660 and also $890-- or packed in the $3240 Premium Package Plus (breathtaking sunroof, ambient lights, ventilated front seats, blind-spot tracking, and powered rear side-window sunshades). In addition to the extra-loud exhaust, our $169,555 examination car showcased a list of additional benefits that we 'd expect to get on many luxury SUVs at half this price. Viewed together with the $101,695 beginning rate of the well-equipped X5 M-- let alone the $86,995 for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707 horsepower-- the Turbo S's ecstasy seems to have actually infected Porsche itself.
We're still waiting for the launching of the upcoming brand-new BMW X5 M, however, the next-gen Cayenne Turbo S's hybrid arrangement-- great for 680 horsepower in the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid-- definitely will place it in the exact same loony bin as the Hellcat Jeep. While market pressures have yet to locate a treatment for the epidemic of ballistic energy vehicles, at the very least we have a waiting room filled with contenders for a future comparison examination.