So what do you get when you take a nearly 5,000-pound SUV, bolt on a whole lot of horsepower? Typically I would say a rolling coffin, but the geniuses at Porsche managed to twist the laws of physics in creating the 2015 Cayenne Turbo S, which the German automaker revealed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
Starting off with the goods, the Cayenne Turbo S comes to dealers carrying a 4.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 that produces 570 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. For those of you keeping score at home, those are gains of 20 ponies and 37 pound-feet over the 2014 Cayenne Turbo S, which was a rolling exhibit of awesomeness itself. This dual-blown powerplant mates to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission and the power travels to all four wheels. This combo makes for an incredible 0-to-60-mph sprint of just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph, making the 2015 model a 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the 2014 model and 1-mph faster in top speed. Additionally, the 2015 Cayenne Turbo S has set the record at the North Loop of the Nürburgring with a time of 7 minutes and 59.74 seconds.
The straight-line numbers are impressive, but it’s the parts underneath the Cayenne Turbo S that laugh in the face of physics. A slew of Porsche acronyms are scattered about the undercarriage of the Cayenne Turbo S in an attempt to keep its 5,000-pound body in check, and these include Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) with 16.5-inch carbon rotors up front squeezed by 10-pot calipers and four-piston calipers gripping 14.6-inch discs on the rear, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), and Porsche Traction Management (PTM).
The Cayenne Turbo S is also more than just fast and nimble, it is also features quite a bit of high-end features inside and out. On the outside, Porsche includes as standard 21-inch, 911-style wheels with black-painted edges; LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus (PDLS Plus); front air-inlet surrounds in gloss black; gloss-black-painted door mirror undersides; and a body-colored rear spoiler and wheel arches. Inside there is full-leather upholstery with the Porsche emblem on the seat headrests, carbon-fiber accents, a new black-and-cream color combination, and a switchable sound symposer that channels that glorious V-8 sound into the cabin if you like.
Some folks hate the Cayenne, but there is not much to hate about the Turbo S variant. Despite its gargantuan size, it is a true Porsche sports car, just a tad larger than normal.
The Cayenne Turbo S will arrive in dealers in late-April 2015 carrying a base price of $157,300 plus a $995 destination charge.