There is a new top-of-the-mountain mannequin within the Cayenne lineup as of at this time. Formally referred to as the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, it’s the highest-performing crossover to ever come out of Porsche. Nevertheless, and this can be a massive one, Porsche tells us it was not developed by the GT division. That division engineers and develops a few of our favorites, just like the 911 GT3, GT2 RS and plenty of others. The Cayenne Turbo GT adopts the identify, but it surely hasn’t been given the very same remedy as these different GT fashions.
That mentioned, we already realize it holds the SUV Nürburgring lap document, and at this time Porsche reveals every little thing there may be to know concerning the car.
It’s not probably the most highly effective Cayenne of all, however it’s the strongest Cayenne that doesn’t have assist from an electrical motor. Porsche took the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 within the common Cayenne Turbo Coupe, then made a ton of modifications. Output will increase to 631 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, up 90 and 59 respectively. That’s nonetheless lower than the Lamborghini Urus model of this V8 that makes 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, however the Porsche is faster. The Cayenne Turbo GT has a claimed 0-60 mph time of solely 3.1 seconds, simply besting the Urus’ 0-62 mph time of three.6 seconds. That makes it faster than the 911 GT3 (with the PDK) to the mark by one tenth of a second, too. Regardless of the comparisons, a crossover just like the Cayenne closing in on the three-second mark is eye-opening stuff. The quarter mile passes in simply 11.6 seconds, and Porsche says its prime pace is raised to 186 mph.
The engine went by way of quite a few adjustments versus the usual Cayenne Turbo to get it to this mark. Porsche says it makes use of a brand new crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, timing chain and torsional dampers. The exhaust is fabricated from titanium and encompasses a center-exit. Porsche says it’s considerably louder and weighs 40 kilos lower than the Cayenne’s common exhaust. On account of that center-exit design, this Cayenne loses any towing functionality, so look elsewhere if you wish to benefit from the Cayenne’s stout 7,716-pound towing capability.
Should you had been pondering that placing the GT badge on the Cayenne may deliver again the Cayenne’s guide transmission, we’re sorry to disappoint. The Cayenne’s eight-speed automated transmission is again in enterprise, however Porsche says it’s been modified to offer faster shifts. Like each different Cayenne, this one is all-wheel drive. The drivetrain’s thermal capability has been elevated, too, with the addition of a water-cooled switch case.
Porsche closely modified the suspension past what the usual Turbo Coupe presents. Off the highest, Porsche lowered the trip peak by 0.67 inch. The air suspension stays, but it surely’s 15% stiffer. All the electronically managed chassis methods are re-calibrated, and the dampers are re-tuned, as effectively. Porsche’s electromechanical anti-roll bars are enhanced to permit for even much less physique roll. The torque vectoring system is improved to sharpen turn-in response. Bigger wheels, by one inch, are fitted up entrance, and destructive camber is elevated by 0.45 levels. These bigger wheels are wrapped in probably the most aggressive rubber potential: Pirelli P Zero Corsa excessive efficiency summer season tires. You may possible tip a cap to those as one of many causes for the Cayenne Turbo GT’s Nürburgring lap time.
Serving to this Cayenne to a cease are gigantic ceramic composite brakes (commonplace) with rotors that measure 17.3 inches in entrance and 16.1 inches in rear. The fronts are similar to the Urus, however the rear brakes are literally barely bigger than what Lamborghini suits. Porsche doesn’t make any numerical downforce claims, however the aero is decidedly extra aggressive than the usual Turbo. The GT-specific entrance fascia has a bigger entrance lip and greater aspect air intakes. Its higher rear wing has new carbon fiber aspect plates, and there’s a bizarre adaptive spoiler with a two-inch gurney flap. That’s twice the scale of the usual Turbo’s adaptive spoiler. Its rear diffuser is fabricated from carbon fiber to look even racier, too.
Different look adjustments you’ll discover with the GT embody a regular carbon fiber roof, black fender arches and the candy 22-inch Neodyme (or gold) painted wheels you see on the reveal automotive. It’s additionally obtainable on this epic Arctic Gray paint that pairs so properly with the gold wheels. We’ll additionally level out that Porsche is not going to offer the Turbo GT in the usual physique fashion. It’s coupe roofline just for now. The inside options eight-way heavily-bolstered sport seats as commonplace. Plus, Porsche determined to remove the central rear seat for a “sport rear seat association.” As an alternative of a middle seat, Porsche offers you with a small storage bin and extra-large bolsters on the 2 seats flanking it — there will likely be no choice to get that fifth seat again, Porsche tells us. All the seats are coated in Alcantara with distinction stitching in both Neodyme or Arctic Gray. “Turbo GT” will be discovered stitched into the headrests, and the game steering wheel has a yellow 12-o’clock marker that matches the usual yellow brake calipers.
In order for you Porsche’s wildest crossover, it’s not going to be low-cost. Pricing begins at $182,150, together with the vacation spot cost. For some perspective, the present Cayenne prime mark is the Turbo S E-Hybrid that begins at $169,150. It’s low-cost in comparison with the Urus that begins at $200,000, and the final Urus we drove had a last sticker at $270,000. Sellers are anticipated to start seeing them arrive in early 2022.