School runs will never be the same again: the 543bhp Porsche Cayenne Turbo is here

Published: 12 September 2017

► New 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
► Bi-turbo V8, 0-62mph in 3.9sec
► Unveiled at 2017 Frankfurt show

You’re looking at the fastest Porsche SUV yet – the new 2018 model year Cayenne Turbo, freshly unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show.

It’s the pinnacle of the Mk3 Cayenne range (for now), and is brutally fast. With 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, nothing is going to beat you on the school run…

Read more about the third-generation Porsche Cayenne in our news story here

Specs and details please! Why is the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo so fast?

Overcoming some degree of mass is a twin-turbocharged iteration of Porsche’s 4.0-litre V8. Key specs are as follows:

  • Maximum power 543bhp
  • Peak torque 568lb ft
  • 0-62mph 3.9sec (with Sport Chrono pack; 4.1sec without)
  • Top speed 177mph
  • Transmission Eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic

That torque output, in particular, is quite monstrous. Like all Cayennes, all-wheel drive is standard to keep all that thrust in check.

And if you’re worried about stopping two tonnes of SUV from all that speed, Porsche has developed a new Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB). It sticks with steel discs, but a new tungsten carbide layer helps resist wear and reduces brake dust, keeping your Turbo-exclusive 21-inch alloys cleaner.

Deployable pop-up rear spoiler on new 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Of note is the new active roof spoiler, a first for a high-performance SUV, claims Porsche. It swivels into position at speed, helping downforce when you’re accelerating and improving stability under braking. Engineers tell CAR it’ll lop two metres off the stopping distance from 155mph. Which is handy.

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Prices, delivery dates

The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo will cost £99,291 in the UK and the UK importer says first deliveries to customers will start in April 2018.

Cabin of new Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Standard equipment is generous: 21in alloys, 710-watt Bose stereo, 18-way electric, heated front seats and Porsche Active Suspension Management are all standard.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet