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In the world of sport utility vehicles, few cars have actually embraced “sport” and “utility” in equal order like the Cayenne has. The soul of Porsche’s sports cars has been apparent in the Cayenne throughout its model lineup, but the latest iteration is the most extreme commitment to sporting dynamics in the history of the nameplate.
 
The Cayenne Turbo GT is a hardcore performer in a way that’s different than Porsche’s traditional GT cars. It is not thoroughly stripped out to shed every pound possible, it remains an entirely capable everyday cruiser if need be. But Porsche engineers have worked their typical magic to equip the GT with the hardware and software to make the Cayenne into its most fierce driving competitor.
 
Headlining the spec sheet is the biturbo V8 engine that has been coaxed to deliver 631 horsepower, a significant bump of 90 over the standard Cayenne Turbo. Along with a quicker Tiptronic S gearbox, the GT clocks in at 3.1 seconds for a sprint to 60 mph, on par with some of the most purposeful supercars on the market today. Components such as its crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, timing chain drive and torsional vibration dampers have been strengthened for higher peak loads and improved driving dynamics, and the standard titanium sports exhaust system cuts some weight while also enhancing the Cayenne’s emotional experience. The rear center-mounted exhaust tips are surrounded by a new carbon diffuser.

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A new front fascia is unique to the GT, as the redesigned apron includes a lip spoiler and enlarged air intakes to accommodate the engine’s increased potential. 22-inch wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires designed specifically for this application, and are an inch wider and have an additional 0.45 degrees of negative camber for increased contact with the road. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) has been re-calibrated for performance purposes, with roll stability and turn-in precision being the benefactors. The complement of power and engineering has made the Cayenne Turbo GT the fastest SUV to ever lap the Nürburgring, setting a time of 7:38.9 with Lars Kern at the controls.
 
Inside, the GT receives treatment that is familiar to performance sports cars. Alcantara is extended throughout the cabin for both a motorsports look and feel. Sport seats are standard in both the front and rear, with GT-specific perforated seat centers and embroidered headrests. The multifunction sports steering wheel features a yellow 12 o’clock stripe as you’d typically find on a Porsche GT car.

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While performance is the ultimate mindset of the Cayenne Turbo GT, at no point does it sacrifice its daily application. To improve upon this, a next-generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system has been integrated with a new user interface, operating logic and better performance. Apple CarPlay remains fully compatible, but now Apple Music and Apple Podcasts have received much deeper integration into the system. Android Auto is also supported to ensure connectivity with all the most popular smartphones.
 
The Cayenne Turbo GT is available to order and will reach dealerships in September of 2021.
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