SUV supreme: Porsche's new Cayenne Turbo

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It’s finally here! After plenty of teasing, Porsche has officially introduced the all-new Cayenne Turbo, and it’s a sublime stunner on some serious steroids.

We were lucky enough to be invited on a driving preview of the new Cayenne range in the foothills of the Pyrenees back in August (before its reveal later in the month), and found it to be quite sensational - when the slowest (or rather, least brutal) model in the range hits 100km/h in under 6 seconds, you know you’re dealing with something special (these are full-sized SUVs, people!)

The Turbo model unveiled today in Frankfurt is a good 30% quicker - hitting 100 kph in just 4.1 seconds and surging onwards to 286 kph thanks to its growling 4.0-litre V8 biturbo which delivers 404 kW and an obscene 770 Nm. With a somewhat lighter foot, it will still manage to keep fuel consumption at under 12 L/100 km on the combined cycle. The engine is mounted lower than its predecessor, which enhances driving dynamics.

There’s a lot of impressive stuff going on in the new Turbo that contributes to it achieving the dynamics of a true sports car, such as the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation connected to a 48-volt vehicle electrical system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) and (optional) rear-axle steering.

It’ll be capable off-road too, with six different ride height options.

Probably the first thing you’ll notice from the side are the 21-inch wheels specially reserved for the top model, in widened wheel arches with painted wheel arch trims. The twin tailpipes, also specific to the Turbo, are the key distinguishing features on the rear end.

The completely new interior demonstrates the increased spread of the Cayenne Turbo: more sportiness and more comfort at the same time. Virtually all the vehicle functions of the fully networked SUV can be displayed and operated using the high-resolution display and touchscreen of the Porsche Advanced Cockpit.

This is the first SUV to have an adaptive roof spoiler to improve aerodynamics and braking. Oh, and you (and all your passengers) can adjust your exclusive heated Turbo seats in 18 different ways — nice.

You can expect to see the new Porsche Cayenne in South Africa in 2018. We will keep you updated as local pricing and specification details become available.

Read a first-drive report of the prototype Porsche Cayenne! Click here.

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