Cayenne gets even hotter
Porsche puts 404kW under the Turbo S bonnet, writes PAUL GOVER
THE top end of the fourwheel-drive business has just been stretched to $265,500 and 404kW. That’s what it costs, and what you get, when you buy the latest Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
The Porsche is being revealed just as BMW readies its X6 all-wheeldrive coupe for action. A coincidence? Maybe not.
BMW says it has made the first ‘‘sports activity vehicle’’, but Porsche thinks its super-quick Cayenne has beaten its rival to the punch. It claims 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 275km/h.
And it will definitely be coming to Australia, probably by October.
‘‘Just as there is a demand for entry-level Porsches, there is also a demand for the absolute top-end models,’’ Porsche Cars Australia’s Paul Ellis says.
‘‘Only a special customer will buy this car, but there are enough special Porsche customers to ensure we will sell a limited number of them.’’
That means 10 to 20 cars a year, despite a price that goes way beyond the $111,000 for the basic BMW X6, $139,990 for the Range Rover Sport and $161,100 for the Mercedes ML 63 AMG.
Porsche says the newcomer packs plenty of gear to justify the high price and limited production.
Its turbo V8 engine has an upgraded exhaust and engine-control unit, it rolls on 21-inch alloy wheels and it picks up four tail pipes, bodycoloured intake grills and wheel arches. Porsche’s active suspension and dynamic chassis control are standard.
Importantly, Porsche says the S car uses the same amount of fuel as the regular Cayenne Turbo: 14.9 litres/100km.
But ceramic brakes, available for the first time on a Cayenne, can put an extra dent in the wallet, because as they are still optional. The composite brakes will also be sold on any other Cayenne with wheels with at least a 20-inch diameter.
Inside, the newcomer has front sports seats, individual rear seats, aluminium door panels and a leather steering wheel as standard, and touch-screen navigation and a 15-speaker Bose sound system.
The Turbo S joins the Cayenne line-up after the introduction of lowriding GTS, which is claimed to have more car-like handling. It will eventually make for five models in Australian showrooms.
ONLY A SPECIAL CUSTOMER WILL BUY THIS CAR, BUT THERE ARE ENOUGH SPECIAL CUSTOMERS TO ENSURE WE WILL SELL A LIMITED NUMBER OF THEM