S is for sen­sa­tional with sporty Cayenne

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By STU­ART MARTIN

JUST in case you were left feel­ing un­der­whelmed by the Cayenne Turbo, Porsche has given it a good dose of steroids and re­leased the S.

The Cayenne Turbo S is priced at $294,000— up from the old model’s price tag of $281,400 and a $46,500 im­post over the cur­rent Turbo — and it will roll into lo­cal show­rooms from Fe­bru­ary next year.

The new SUV flag­ship for the Ger­man car­maker now packs a 405kW wal­lop from its twin-turbo di­rect in­jec­tion 4.8-litre V8, up from the far-from-se­date Turbo’s 368kW.

Torque has risen from 700Nm (be­tween 2250 and 4500rpm) to 750Nm, while Porsche is claim­ing a Euro­pean fuel use fig­ure of 11.5l/100km.

Those out­puts are enough to get the two-tonne Teu­ton to 100km/h in 4.5 sec­onds (a 0.2 sec­ond drop) and up to a 283km/h top speed, up 5km/h on the ‘‘stan­dard’’ Turbo.

That sort of per­for­mance from an SUV is not hen’steeth rare— a $177,400 ML63 AMG Mercedes-Benz has 386kW and 700Nm on of­fer for a 4.8 sec­ond claim to 100km/h. BMW’S $178,200 X5M and the $190,900 X6M both have the 408kW/ 680Nm turbo V8 and claim 4.7 sec­onds to 100km/h.

Audi’s V12 turbo-diesel Q7 asks for nearly $260,000 but 368kW and 1000Nm shifts the 2.6-tonne Ger­man to 100km/h in 5.5 sec­onds.

Jeep’s SRT8 344kW/ 624Nm Grand Chero­kee claims a five-sec­ond sprint to 100km/h for the bar­gain­base­ment price of $76,000.

But it’s the S on the rump that means it gets as stan- dard all the clever driv­e­train and chas­sis sys­tems that gives the Big Bertha of the Porsche range con­sid­er­ably more dy­namic abil­ity than any SUV (in­clud­ing the afore­men­tioned) should rightly pos­sess.

It in­her­its the Turbo’s air sus­pen­sion and Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment (PASM) adap­tive damp­ing sys­tem and teams it with the Porsche Dy­namic Chas­sis Con­trol (PDCC), which uses ac­tive anti-roll bars con­trolled by hy­draulic mo­tors front and rear to coun­ter­act body roll. The Sport Chrono pack­age (which mon­i­tors and dis­plays to­tal driv­ing time, lap dis­tances and times) and Torque Vec­tor­ing — which lightly brakes the inside rear wheel ap­pro­pri­ate to im­proved turn-in dur­ing cor­ner­ing — and an elec­tronic rear diff lock com­bine to get the max­i­mum from the rear end when ex­it­ing a cor­ner.

The S will stand out from the rest of the Cayenne range thanks to gloss-black trim bits on the front grille and the side mir­rors, 21in 911 Turbo II wheels with gloss-black paint (ex­clu­sive the Cayenne Turbo S de­spite the name), as well as in­te­rior tweaks to fur­ther dis­tin­guish the S.

The in­te­rior de­sign depart­ment has con­jured up a bi-colour leather trim pack­age specif­i­cally for the Turbo S — in black and car­rera red or black and luxor beige colour com­bi­na­tions with con­trast­ing seam stitch­ing.

Then there’s the car­bon­fi­bre trim pack­age.

Porsche says the Turbo S re­tains the Cayenne’s skillset: ver­sa­tile off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tow­ing power— which have been pre­served with­out ex­cep­tion.

The go-fast gear stan­dard on the Porsche Cayenne S makes it more dy­namic than any SUV has a right to be

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