Should we consider this new Product from Stuttgart’s finest a surprise? I think not. Contrary to what the opponents in this segment aimed for, the Cayenne Turbo GT is a little distinct with the focus being on maximum cornering performance. It certainly isn’t the most powerful in the Porsche SUV range, overwhelmed by the 690 hp E-Hybrid variant but it has a different purpose. One of which was to dethrone its cousin, the Audi RS Q8, as the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring. While it did 7:42.2, the latter shaved off 3.3 seconds with a stunning time of 7:38.9 and it was driven by Porsche’s test driver, Lars Kern.

The carmaker serves different dishes on a single platter to please the masses and some may not see the difference but the true observers notice the contrasting cuisine. The GT Coupe is much more grounded with the primary focus on the suspension to prevent body roll and maximise the available grip. Tackling one of the most gruelling tracks on Planet Earth with a car that is that big in size requires absolute precision and engineering, something Porsche doesn’t lack at all.

The handling isn’t the only thing that makes this quick SUV tick, it’s also what is under the bonnet and it is rather familiar. It is the same engine that took the RS Q8 to those same heights, a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with reworked internals including the pistons, timing chain, crankshaft, intercooler, induction and fuel injection system. This boosted the power output to 641 hp (471 kW) and 850 Nm of torque, as well as the sprint time to 100 km/h which sits at 3.3 seconds. Now, to put it into perspective, that’s faster than the Lamborghini Urus and Dodge Durango Hellcat. Aiding with some assistance to reach that kind of acceleration is an 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox which is even faster and has additional water cooling for the transfer case. It’s absolutely insane and it can go even further, topping it off at 300 km/h.

We kept emphasizing the handling and never mentioned how it achieves it and why. Well, firstly the suspension has been lowered by 17 millimetres, the rigidity of the three-chamber air suspension increased by 15%, sportier damping on the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the application of power steering plus. All of that calibrated together promises a taut track experience and we cannot forget to mention the specially modified chassis to suit the driving characteristics.

The Torque Vectoring system has been tinkered with to be more higher torque bias with sending power to the wheels which may be ideal to be sent to the front axle as both it and the wheels on it have been changed. The wheels are much wider and the negative chamber increased by 0.45-degrees, whilst wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.

On the subject of looks, there isn’t much to gaze at except for the little details to help you identify it. A new colour that is available for the Turbo GT Coupe is Arctic Grey presented on these press images. There is an additional front spoiler lip, the air intakes have been enlarged and the carbon roof features contoured elements. The 22-inch GT Design wheels are finished in Neodyme. The rear flaunts twin-exhaust sport pipes which come as standard and an electrically retractable spoiler that is 22 millimetres longer than the Turbo Coupe’s one, and it helps to generate 40 kilograms of downforce at high speeds.

The inside is less of a hardcore look and more of delicacy to sit four people while lapping racetracks at peak pace. The seats are perforated with Alcantara on the seat centre panels and contrast accents in Neodyme or Artic Grey. The multifunction steering wheel has a yellow 12 o’clock marking with accent strips finished in matte Black. It comes with Porsche’s latest PCM 6.0 infotainment system that has been integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe might just be the peak of the Cayenne plaque and the last hurrah of this generation but is it really necessary for it to even exist? Most definitely. It expands the choice and keeps the customers interested in their larger vehicles. Prices for South Africa start at R3 350 000 and it will be available for sale in September 2021.

Source: Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe Press Release