Cayenne gets even hot­ter

Porsche puts 404kW un­der the Turbo S bon­net, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige News -

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

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