CARS.COM — We had already heard that Porsche would debut the redesigned 2019 Cayenne at the 2017 International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt, but it only offered details on the Cayenne and Cayenne S.
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It seems, however, that Porsche was being cagey, because it just announced that a third variant would join those two with much more of a performance emphasis: the 2019 Cayenne Turbo.
The specs for the new Cayenne Turbo are impressive. The SUV employs a 550-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 567 pounds-feet of torque, running through a new eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. With the optional Sport Chrono package, which adds launch control, the Cayenne Turbo sprints to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and features a top speed of 177 mph. Those figures beat the previous generation Cayenne Turbo S, which formerly occupied the top of the Cayenne lineup.
Refinements are not limited to the engine. The Cayenne Turbo also features a three-chamber air suspension with six different ride height settings that works with Porsche Active Suspension Management to keep the Cayenne Turbo flat on pavement. Rear-wheel steering is now optional, and Porsche has also included its new Porsche Surface Coated Brake standard. PSCB adds a layer of tungsten carbide to the discs, which increases both stopping power and wear resistance. Additionally, there is an active rear spoiler that can deploy to increase downforce when needed.
The Cayenne Turbo gets the same interior refinements as the other 2019 Cayennes, including an updated instrument panel with two 7-inch screens plus a 12.3-inch dashboard touchscreen to control multimedia functions. There also newly standard 18-way sport seats, as well.
The 2019 Cayenne Turbo will be available for ordering in December, but deliveries won't start until the fall of 2018. The SUV will start at $125,650, including destination charges.