Porsche has revealed details of a new Coupe-only Cayenne performance flagship – its fastest SUV yet
In the game of chess played out by all of the Volkswagen Group manufacturers, Porsche might have just hit checkmate with the development of a new range-topping Cayenne model that’s been detailed before its reveal later this year. The new flagship will sit above the Cayenne Turbo S E-hybrid, and will be the fastest and most dynamically focused of all Cayennes.
Porsche has not confirmed what the new high performance model will be called, but has detailed that it will be available exclusively in Coupe form and will come with a collection of bespoke components not available on lesser models. Despite its placement above the Turbo S E-hybrid in price, it will have less power on paper with a peak power figure of 631bhp.
This new variant of Porsche’s twin-turbo 4-litre V8 is only usurped by the 640bhp Lamborghini Urus in the VW Group, but still sits 10bhp higher than the Panamera Turbo S. Torque is also up to 627lb ft, both figures helping liberate a 3.4sec 0-62 time (0.2sec faster than the Lamborghini Urus and Turbo S E-hybrid) and a 300kph top speed. There’s also a new titanium exhaust system which exits through centrally-mounted outlets in the rear bumper – a layout initially introduced in the GTS. The eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive systems are expected to be carried over.
Helping those acceleration figures along is this model’s increased focus on lightweighting, including the standard fitment of a carbonfibre roof which removes 22kg compared to the glass roof in standard Cayenne Coupes, and a set of forged 22-inch wheels usually bundled into the Sport Design package. There are also some subtle body changes on the lower bumpers front and rear and Pirelli has also developed a bespoke 22-inch P Zero tyre to suit the new model. 5
But while some weight has been ripped out, it’s been replaced with more standard chassis hardware borrowed from the Turbo S E-hybrid. This includes Porsche’s active anti-roll stabilisation system (PDCC), four-wheel steering, Porsche’s torque vectoring differentials and a carbon ceramic braking package. As such, Porsche is not quoting any specific weight saving for this new model which will weigh in at a solid 2.2 ton.
The suspension geometry has also been updated with a front camber increased by a further 0.45 degrees, and the front wheels are now half an inch wider than other Cayenne models. The air-springs also have a 15 percent increase in internal pressure (equivalent to stiffness), and it sits 7mm lower than all Cayenne models in its performance mode.
The new model is expected to be revealed in full later this summer, when it will rival the most focused of its performance SUV rivals, including the Lamborghini Urus and impressive new Aston Martin DBX somewhere over $185,000.
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