Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Boasts New 'Ring' Record

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

There is a new king in the land of fast SUVs and it’s the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S.

Able to turn a lap of just 7:59.74 minutes at the famed Nürburgring, the Cayenne Turbo S doesn’t just break the eight minute mark but also becomes the fastest production SUV to ever lap that course.

At the forefront of this performance is a 4.8-liter turbocharged V8 pumping out 570 HP and 590 lb-ft. of torque. That’s an increase of 20 HP and 37 lb-ft. compared to the 2014 Turbo S and should be good enough for a 0 to 62 MPH blast in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is also a very un-SUV-like 176 MPH. There’s an optional sport exhaust system for those who want to hear the full force of turbocharged V8 engine that uses a sound symposer to feed extra V8 goodness into the cabin.

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But an engine alone can’t break the eight minute mark on the Nürburgring. The Cayenne Turbo S comes standard with composite ceramic brakes that are squeezed by an unbelievable pair of ten-piston calipers up front. The suspension utilizes Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control that actively works to reduce body roll when cornering.

Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus will further help the Cayenne Turbo S clip apexes by braking the inside rear wheel to help rotate the SUV faster. Finally, Porsche Traction Management is also included that sends the majority of power to the rear wheels, but will split more to the front when needed.

The Turbo S rolls on 21-inch wheels and features a few exterior tweaks to differentiate it from regular Cayenne Turbo models. The Cayenne Turbo S is expected to on sale later this spring.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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