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30.09.22

CAR OF THE WEEK – OUR PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO GT

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A heavily tuned twin-turbocharged four-litre V8 engine producing a mind-bending 631bhp and 850Nm of torque. An all-new titanium sports exhaust system with enlarged twin central-exit tailpipes. A dialled-in chassis setup with cleverer torque vectoring, rear-axle steering, and adaptive air suspension. A subtle exterior bodykit replete with a glossy carbon fibre roof, rear diffuser, door mirrors and rear spoiler sideplates. And a focused Black Race-Tex (Alcantara) and leather interior cocooning its occupants in a luxurious yet sporty cabin.

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe is the most advanced Cayenne Porsche have produced to date. It’s not all bark and no bite either – in June 2021 the Turbo GT secured the accolade of being the fastest production SUV to lap the Nürburgring Nordschlife: in a record-breaking 7:38:925.

It’s true that there are other SUV’s on the market that deliver similarly dynamic driving experiences; the Lamborghini Urus, Range Rover Sport SVR and Mercedes Benz G63 AMG are all well-loved high-performance 4X4s with thunderous V8s and memorable soundtracks. And they all manage to beguile their owners in their own distinctive ways – the Urus is bold and packed with Italian passion, the SVR is like Frankenstein’s monster; possessing an American muscle car charm in a well-tailored British suit, and the G63 is simply a modern interpretation of a military vehicle.

Where the Turbo GT differs is in its approach to performance and handing. Having been developed by Porsche’s GT division, all of its upgrades and modifications go further than those performed by their VW-Group counterparts on their respective performance models.

The powertrain, for instance, is totally reworked. Designed in Weissach and manufactured in Stuttgart, the motor consists of uprated engine internals, larger turbochargers and additional radiators to give the Turbo GT 89bhp and 50Nm torque more than standard Cayenne Turbo; an already ballistic SUV. The titanium exhaust system not only sounds superb, giving off a more audible motorsport-inspired V8 burble courtesy of the deletion of the centre silencer, but reduces the kerb weight by 18 kilograms, helping you to stick to the tarmac when the going gets twisty.

Furthermore, bespoke suspension and chassis calibration combined with a 17mm lower ride height, super grippy Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, carbon ceramic composite brakes and much more allow the Turbo GT to tackle both wide open highways and technical mountain passes or country roads with precision, poise and aggression. Aerodynamics have also had a look in. The adaptive rear spoiler is exclusive to the Turbo GT and generates 40kg of downforce on the rear axle, supporting the Porsche Traction Management four-wheel drive system so that the car remains as planted as possible when you plant your right foot on the loud pedal.

It’s the details that really bring everything together. Our example is finished in Chromite Black metallic with 22’’ GT Design alloy wheels finished in high gloss black but you can select from a range of different paint colours and wheel finishes. Dive into Porsche’s Paint to Sample (PTS) colour palette and let your imagination run wild. Or match your wheels to your interior by opting for a Satin Neodyme finish which, with the GT interior package, gives you subtle flashes of gold/bronze on the seats, steering wheel, dashboard and seatbelts.

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