Back in 2003, sports car drivers had to get used to the idea of yielding to faster-moving Porsche Cayennes coming up from behind them. The age of the performance SUV was upon us. Over the ensuing decade and a half, Porsche and others have refined the formula, creating a new class of super SUVs that’ll now surprise not just sports cars on a good back road but also the rare supercar. The new 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT takes that formula to the next level.
At first glance, the Cayenne Turbo GT doesn’t appear all that different than the Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Meaner-looking, sure, thanks to wider air intakes in the nose, black accents, a carbon-fiber roof, and not one but two spoilers (the lower one is active, to boot)—but overall not all that different. Look even closer, and perhaps you’ll notice that the Cayenne Turbo GT sits about three-quarters of an inch lower than the Cayenne Turbo. It’s a sleeper of sorts.
Under the skin, things get even more interesting. For starters, the Cayenne Turbo’s familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 gets reworked, now breathing out of a titanium exhaust system. Power rises from 541 hp and 567 lb-ft in the standard Cayenne Turbo to a healthy 631 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque in the Cayenne Turbo GT—that’s just 10 horsepower and 1 lb-ft shy of the Lamborghini Urus, which shares its platform and engine with the Porsche. Helping put that power down is a quicker-shifting eight-speed automatic and a water-cooled torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that’s beefier than the air-cooled unit on lesser Cayennes. Stiffer air springs, pizza-sized carbon-ceramic brakes, and a more aggressive four-wheel steering system round out the Turbo GT package.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.