The daddy of the new Cayenne range ar­rives

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Last month we brought you news of the new third-gen­er­a­tion it­er­a­tion of Porsche's im­pos­si­bly suc­cess­ful Cayenne SUV. Now we can re­veal the daddy of the new range, the Cayenne Turbo – all 550bhp of it.

It's easy to for­get that when Porsche first wheeled out the orig­i­nal Cayenne Turbo way back in the mists of 2002, the world hadn't re­ally seen any­thing quite like it. What with 450bhp and ca­pa­ble of hit­ting 60mph in five sec­onds flat, it cer­tainly de­liv­ered on the no­tion of Porsche cre­at­ing a sports car among SUVS, on paper at least.

Fast for­ward to 2017 and the new Cayenne Turbo is de­scribed by Porsche as be­ing the 'sports car for five'. It blitzes the sprint to 60mph in well un­der four sec­onds. For the record it ups the power and torque ante by 30hp and 15lb ft (now 568lb ft, all in) over the out­go­ing gen 2 Cayenne. Top speed is now 177mph. The en­gine, of course, is the same 4.0-litre mill seen in the lat­est Panam­era, not to men­tion one or three other models within the wider VW Group em­pire.

Porsche reck­ons the Turbo's high level of dy­namic per­for­mance is a func­tion of a com­bi­na­tion of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies, such as ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics in­clud­ing ad­justable roof spoiler, con­trolled three-cham­ber air sus­pen­sion, mixed tyres and new high­per­for­mance brakes. With op­tional fea­tures, such as rear-axle steer­ing and au­to­matic body roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion via a 48-volt elec­tri­cal sys­tem, Porsche reck­ons the four door, four-wheel drive Cayenne can de­liver a driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence equiv­a­lent to that of a true sports car. Al­beit a two-tonne sports car the size of a small house.

While the new en­gine may be fa­mil­iar, the Cayenne's all-new chas­sis is not. It'll be the com­bi­na­tion of Porsche's lat­est chas­sis wiz­ardry in the form of air-sprung PASM sus­pen­sion, rear-axle steer­ing, roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion from the PDCC and Porsche Torque Vec­tor­ing Plus along with that mighty V8 that will surely mark the new Turbo out from its pre­de­ces­sors.

The lat­est Cayenne Turbo is avail­able to or­der now, priced from £99,291. First de­liv­er­ies to Porsche Cen­tres will be from April 2018. Cus­tomers will also be in­vited to ex­plore the po­ten­tial of their new car, and fur­ther de­velop their own skills be­hind the wheel, by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a be­spoke driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence around the tracks at the Porsche Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre, Sil­ver­stone.

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