On the outside, the Cayenne Turbo S is nearly indiscernible from its Turbo counterpart until you get them right next to one another. The Turbo S boasts 21-inch 911 Turbo II rims – a full 2 inches larger than the Turbo model – with their inner surfaces painted black. Other differences include gloss-black-painted air inlet grilles, headlight housings, and side-view mirrors.
Additionally, the Turbo S model gets bi-xenon headlights and the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS). PDLS includes dynamic and static cornering lights, speed-sensitive headlight control, and a function made specifically for bad weather. You also get High-Beam Assistant and Intersection Assistant standard. The rear lights are full LED and the brakes lights actually flash in an emergency stop to alert drivers.
Short of those additions, the Turbo S features the same sleek body design and wedge-style front end as the Cayenne Turbo. You can cover the Cayenne’s body in one of 10 different colors, including: black, white, classic silver metallic, jet black metallic, dark blue metallic, meteor grey metallic, umber metallic, jet green metallic, auburn metallic or carmine red.
The extra additions to the engine, body and chassis adds a whopping 99 lbs to the Cayenne Turbo S’s curb weight. While that sounds like nothing in the grand scheme, you will find out later why this small increase is so significant.
On the inside, Porsche made sure to let you know that you are driving its top-level Cayenne by installing an exclusive leather interior in all Turbo S models. This interior is available in black with Carrera red or black with Luxor beige and features contrasting stitching for added luxury and style. Also included is the carbon interior package.
Additionally, you get the Sport Chrono Package with PCM for free on the Turbo S model. This includes am analog and digital timer that tells you total driving time, lap time, lap distance covered, and individual lap times. PCM (Porsche Communication Management) also includes a 7-inch high-resolution screen and it controls the navigation system, CD/DVD player, sound settings, on-board computer, telephone, and high-speed internet service. With the PCM, you also get a high-speed hard drive to store songs and other data.
Standard on the Turbo S model is the 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, boasting 585 watts and a 200-watt active subwoofer. You can opt for the Burmester 16-speaker 1,000-watt surround sound system for a little added scratch.
To make driving and parking a little easier, Porsche fit the Cayenne Turbo S with ParkAssist, a reversing camera and its adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe (PAS), which regulates your speed relative to the car in front of you.
We’re pretty sure that Porsche will add more features to the list as it gets closer to the release date, but as you can see, the Cayenne Turbo S certainly has the standard equipment any Porsche owner would want.
Standard Interior Features:
- Leather interior with contrasting stitching
- Carbon Interior Package
- Sport Chrono Package w/ PCM
- 7-inch touch screen
- 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system w/ 585 watts and a 200-watt active subwoofer
- Back-up camera
- Adaptive cruise control w/ PAS
- More to come…
Optional Interior Features:
- Burmester 16-speaker 1,000-watt surround sound system
- More to come…
Engine and Drivetrain
Now here’s where the real differences come into play, but there is one surprise that we’ll get into later in this section. Under the hood of the Cayenne Turbo S rests essentially the same 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that you’ll find under the hood of the Cayenne Turbo. The only difference in the engine bay is that the intake manifold is titanium colored and it has a pair of carbon-fiber inlays with “Turbo S” logos.
The Turbo S’s 4.8-liter powerplant has been tuned to pump out 50 extra ponies and 50 Nm (37 pound-feet), giving its 550 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque between 2,250 and 4,500 rpm. Porsche doesn’t list what all it changed in the Turbo S to get this extra power, but we believe there was a remapping of the ECU and likely a little tweaking of the intake system to help bump the torque up. The guts of the engine are likely identical.
Delivering the ponies to all four wheels, via Porsche Traction Management, is Porsche’s Tiptronic S 8-speed transmission. You can shift through the 8 speeds via the gear shifter or the paddle shifter on the steering wheel. Additionally, you can just put the shifter in “Drive” and go.
With all of this extra power and torque, we expected to see a massive decrease in 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time, but in reality, the extra bulk of the Turbo S helped slow it down a bit. It is still faster than the Turbo model, as it hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds compared to the Turbo’s 4.7 seconds, but we were really surprised to not see it closer to the 4.3-second range. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also features a 280 km/h (175 mph) top speed – 2 mph faster than the Turbo.
Even with the power increases, Porsche managed to keep the fuel economy of the Turbo S the same as the Turbo model. The Turbo S is estimated to get 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. It also retained the Turbo’s 270 g/km of CO2 emission – not too shabby for a 5050-horsepower V-8.
Engine and Drivetrain Specifications:
||4.8-Liter V-8, Twin-Turbocharged
||550 Horsepower At 6,000 RPM
||750 Nm (553 Pound-Feet) At 2,250 To 4,500 Rpm
||All-Wheel Drive W/ Porsche Traction Management
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined
||15 Mpg/22 Mpg/17 Mpg
||270 G/Km CO2
|Acceleration (0-100 Km/H [62 Mph])
||280 Km/H (175 Mph)
Suspension and Braking
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which is a self-leveling suspension system that is controlled via an interface on the center console. This interface allows you to decide between three suspension settings: Comfort, Normal, or Sport. Also included is Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which controls the amount of torque that goes to each rear wheel via an electric differential to optimize high-speed cornering.
Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is yet another suspension upgrade that comes with the Cayenne Turbo S. This system helps limit the amount of body roll, so you can take turns a little faster without worrying about rolling this large SUV. Speed sensitive steering helps you feel the road by tightening up the steering at high speeds, but allows for easy turning by loosening up under low speeds.
For braking, the Cayenne Turbo S uses all aluminum to help keep the unsprung weight to a minimum. The front rotors measure in at 390 mm (15.35 inches) and the rear rotors come in at 358 mm (14.09 inches). For those that need a little more braking “Oomph” you can opt for the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). This upgrade gives you far improved brake pedal response and reduces the SUV’s unsprung weight even more.
Standard Suspension Features:
- Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
- Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus)
- Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC)
- Speed sensitive steering
- All-aluminum brakes w/ 390 mm (15.35 inches) front rotors and 358 mm (14.09 inches) rear rotors
- 10.55 inches of maximum ground clearance
- Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes
Pricing and Release Date
Porsche has already pegged the Cayenne with a £107,460 ($172,365 at the current exchange rate) price tag in the U.K., but it has yet to price it for the U.S. market. We can, however, promise you that it will not run at the straight conversion of $172,000. Using our logic – what we have left, that is – we can calculate that in the UK, there is a 22-percent markup between the Turbo and Turbo S models. So, by that calculation, we figure that the U.S. model should come in at about $132,675.
Porsche also announced that the Turbo S will hit UK and Ireland showrooms in January 2013, but there is no mention of when it will hit the U.S.
||TBD (TopSpeed Est. $132,675)