2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review, Ratings, Specs and Price

Porsche, the German car manufacturer, is best known for their sports cars, SUVs and sedans. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is an charming SUV which is best in handling and acceleration among its competitors. It is the best suitable for sports and daily ride purposes. The SUV is focused on performance without losing its luxury appeal.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is enhanced with best performance, fuel economy and all factors alike. The high-quality materials used in the interiors make it one of the most astonishing quality SUVs from Porsche.

With a starting price of $118,100, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo shows off itself as a tough competitor to many of the SUVs like Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, BMW X6 M, Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63.

What will impress you:

  • Twin Turbocharged V8 Engine
  • Elegant Exterior Look
  • Best Handling Experience
  • Infotainment System
  • Handsome Interior
  • Smooth, Comfort Riding

What will not impress you:

  • Less Cargo Volume
  • Less Assurance for Safety
  • Much Expensive

What is new in 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo?

  • Porsche Stability Management
  • Bi-turbo Engine

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Trims and Features

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is available with various standard features that add to the advancement of the SUV in a wide variety of ways. It comes with an all-wheel drive and a Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine that ensures delivery of ample amount of power and performance to the SUV.

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Porsche launched Cayenne turbo and also the Cayenne Turbo S. Both the Turbo have, the 19 inches cayenne turbo wheels, LED head Lights and other features as common for both the vehicles. The Cayenne Turbo comes with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), while the Cayenne Turbo S comes with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).

Trim Cayenne turbo Cayenne turbo S
MSRP $118,100 $161,600
Key

Features

19-inch Cayenne Turbo wheels

LED main headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)

Bose surround sound system

Porsche rear seat entertainment plus

Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive

19-inch Cayenne Turbo wheels

LED main headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus)

Bose surround sound system

Porsche rear seat entertainment plus

Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus)

 

The Cayenne Turbo S has the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) which is not applicable for Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne Turbo S costs $161,600 which is quite costlier than Cayenne Turbo.

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The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is priced from $118,100 and this model is found to be having almost all the latest advancements of the Midsize SUVs and sport cars from Porsche so far. Even after making a clear-cut decision of purchasing the midsize SUV, you are free to choose the engine and body specifications as per your requirements.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes with an all-wheel-drive and the all-new Bi-turbo Engine Specification that ensures delivery of the maximum amount of power and performance. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo also comes with a striking and astonishing exterior design and an elegant cabin.

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Power and Performance

“The GTS version ups the ante, but for truly awe-inspiring performance, the Turbo and Turbo S are the models of choice. Start/stop technology makes for serene red-light experiences, but Sport mode in this SUV transforms it into an aggressive, lurching beast.” – Autotrader

 Engine and Transmission

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo features a Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine which has a greater capacity when compared to the other midsize SUVs. The CayenneTurbo comes with an 8-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission engine that delivers maximum power and torque of 520hp and 533 lb-ft respectively.

The 4.8L V8 Twin Turbo Engine is exclusively designed to lower emission and enhance the fuel efficiency of the SUV. The Cayenne Turbo features an ECO Start/Stop System that saves fuel by switching off the engine at signals and other idle situations. The engine ignites and comes into action instantly when the driver releases the brake.

Models Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
MSRP $118,100 $113,600 $105,100 $109,700
Engine 4.8-litre V8 engine Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-8 5.0 L/305 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.4 L/268 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 5.5 L/333
Transmission 8-speed Automatic Tiptronic S with Auto Start Stop function 8-Speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic transmission with Drivelogic, Sport, and Manual shift modes AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC
Horsepower 520hp @ 6,000 rpm 575hp @ 6,000 rpm 567hp @ 6,000 rpm 577hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 533hp @ 2,250 rpm 516 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm 553 lb.-ft. @ 2,200 rpm 561 lb.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm

When compared with the competitors, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has the highest capacity engine and also the highest transmission system. Though the others are priced lesser than the Cayenne Turbo, they do not meet the Cayenne Turbo in power and performance.

Acceleration

The Cayenne Turbo midsize SUV offers an all-wheel drive that boosts more and more confidence and comfort to the ride. The Turbo all-wheel drive is integrated with the Porsche Stability Program (PSM) for the maximum amount of torque distribution in corners and slippery surfaces.

The Cayenne Turbo is found to be the fastest among all the rivalries in reaching the speed of 60mph as well as the quarter-mile distance. The Cayenne Turbo reaches the 60mph speed at an amazing 3.9 seconds and the quarter-mile distance in just 12.1 seconds.

Models Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
0-60 MPH 3.9 4.3 sec 4.0 sec 4.1 sec
Quarter mile 12.6 sec 12.4 sec 12.5 sec
Engine 4.8L 5.0L 4.4L 5.5L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.4 11.0 11.0 11.8

In this respect, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is found to be the slowest in reaching the 60mph speed, it takes 4.3seconds and takes 12.6 seconds to reach the quarter-mile distance and it becomes the last to reach the distance.

Also, all the rivalries are found to be less eco-friendly when compared to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo since all of them emit more amount of CO2 when compared to the Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne Turbo emits 10.4 tons/yr of CO2 @15Kmi/year.

Handling and Steering

The SUV comes with an ECO Start/Stop System that works to enhance the fuel efficiency of the car.  The chassis is at its excellence that it is able to push the car and it gives a great grip and it is easily able to recover from faults. The PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control) uses variable anti-roll bars which will cut the body roll during a hard cornering

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo features a self-leveling rear air suspension that is built especially to balance the ride height, thereby ensuring smooth driving quality and handling of the vehicle. This balances the height of the vehicle and comfort level of the ride according to the variation in passenger weight and cargo.

The Steering of the Cayenne Turbo is Electro-mechanically powered with the Variable ratio, which responds quickly in corners, and offers straight-line stability to the ride. The variable ratio feature automatically adjusts the steering ratio based on the angle in which the steering wheel is turned.

Braking

The Braking System of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo features an Antilock Brake System (ABS), that is built with upgraded brake hardware. It is a component of Porsche Stability Management (PSM).

The Antilock Braking System makes the vehicle to avoid the steering lock when suddenly the brake is applied. This locking mechanism helps the vehicle from collision or toppling.  The disc brakes are fixed at all the wheels which enables more secure braking system for the vehicle.

Model Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
Brake Front (in.) 15.4 15.0 15.6 15.4
Brake Rear (in.) 14.1 14.4 15.2 13.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4817 5093 5185 5225
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 120 104 114

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo features the greatest dimensions of 15.4-inches and 14.1-inches in the Front Brake and the Rear Brake. The curb weight is 4817lbs which is least of all of its competitors. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR takes the maximum weight of 120lbs.

Fuel Economy

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is found to be the best in all aspects like engine specifications, acceleration, performance, etc.  and also in the fuel economy delivered by the SUV when compared with the rivalries.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 delivers the maximum fuel economy of 14/18 mpg on city/highway roads. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo lies in the top most place in terms of fuel economy. It offers 14/21 mpg on city/highway roads.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and BMW X6 M do not have much difference in their values. There is no difference of mpg. They deliver a 14/19 mpg on city/highway and a 16 mpg on the combined roads.

Model Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
MPG (city) 14 14 14 14
MPG (highway) 21 19 19 18
MPG (combined) 17 16 16 16

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Exterior

” A quick field guide to identifying Cayenne models focuses on the brakes: Silver denotes the Cayenne S and Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and red the high-performance Turbo and GTS models. Turbo S models get the yellow ceramic-brake option as standard. Turbo models also get four exhaust pipes.”- Kelley blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo showcases itself with a stunning, sleek, and stylish look. Right from the headlights to the taillights, the energy-efficient and long-life LED lights to light up the way for the vehicle.

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The vehicle also features a sliding panoramic sunroof that slides open at the touch of a button and lets in the breeze and sunlight for ventilation. But it does not include a sun-slide that helps to keep away the unnecessary sunlight from entering the cabin.

Model Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
Curb weight (lbs.) 4817 5093 5185 5225
Length(in) 191.1 192.2 193.8 191.0
Width(in) 78.7 78.1 78.3 76.2
Height(in) 67 71 66.5 69.3
Ground clearance (in) 7.6 7.9 8.1 7.1
Wheelbase (in) 114 115 115.5 114.8
Track width (in) F/R 64.7/65.2 66.6/66.6 65.6/65.6 65.9/66.7

In terms of dimensions, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 have an almost equal length with just a 0.1-inch difference. The pair also ties up with a wheelbase of 114 and 114.8 inches respectively. The ground clearance of Porsche Cayenne Turbo is 7.6 inches which is very less when compared to BMW X6 M that has 8.1inch ground clearance.

Exterior Features:

  • Dynamic Exterior Design
  • All LED Headlights and Taillights
  • Power tilt Sun Roof
  • 5-spoke wheels
  • Power folding side mirrors

2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Interior

“Inside, the Cayenne is refined, quiet, and comfortable. High-grade material options include inlays made of genuine wood and carbon fiber, and you can add leather trim pretty much anywhere you please. The infotainment system is user-friendly, but it doesn’t feel as modern as some.” – cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is designed with a sculptured interior that makes it a masterpiece of creativity and craftsmanship. The cabin is designed with the best in class high-quality materials that make it a visual treat.

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The Porsche Cayenne Turbo also features seat Lumbar Support a feature in the vehicle seat that allows the driver or passenger to increase the pressure in the back of the seat to provide more comfort. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo has a good seating capacity when compared to all the other rivalries that have a seating capacity of 5 with enough space.

Model Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/58.9/- 39.5/60.7/42.2 39.3/60.5/40.3 38.9/58.5/40.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A 39.1/59.5/37 37.9/57.9/35.6 38.5/58.4/38.4

Interior Features:

  • Multi Controlled Steering Wheel
  • LED Ambient Lighting
  • Height adjustable seats
  • Seat Lumbar Support

Infotainment System

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The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes with an infotainment system that has a high-resolution touchscreen display. This can be controlled either with the display or with the 3-spoke Steering Mounted touch controls. It supports Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. The infotainment system provides hard-drive navigation and it contains an in-dash SD card reader along with USB ports.

Cargo Capacity

The Trunk Space of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is small when compared to its rivalries. When compared with the competitors, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 is found to have the maximum cargo space. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR are found to have 80.3 and 62.2-ft.cube of cargo space. Porsche Cayenne Turbo has a 60.2ft.cube of cargo space which is very smaller to its competitors.

Model Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3) 23.7 27.5 26.6 38.2
Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3) 60.2 62.2 59.7 80.3

Porsche Cayenne Turbo Safety Ratings and Reliability:

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is not yet rated by both the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Towing Capacity

Porsche Cayenne Turbo has the greatest towing capacity of all of its competitors. It has a Maximum towing capacity of 7,716lbs.

Model Porsche Cayenne Turbo Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR BMW X6 M Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63
Maximum Towing Capacity 7,716 lbs. 6,613 lbs. 6,000 lbs. 7,200 lbs.

Safety Features:

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes with the Advanced Anti-Theft Protection System. It is an Engine Immobilizer with in-key transponder. The Porsche Stability Management System (PSM), even in dynamic driving performance maintains the stability.

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning

Head to Head Competition Check:

Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs Volvo V90 R-Design:

When compared with the BMW X6 M, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is found to be the best in all measures be it the engine capacity, transmission, performance, safety etc. But the BMW X6 M is found to be less costly than the former. If performance is your first priority, then the Cayenne Turbo is the best pick.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR:

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR does not meet the Porsche Cayenne Turbo in most of the features of the engine specifications and the performance measures. However, it is found to be more spacious for passengers. It is priced lesser than that of Porsche Cayenne Turbo but of the two the better option would be the Cayenne Turbo.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63:

Though the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 has an equal engine capacity with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, it is not able to meet is power delivery because of the 7-speed transmission. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 is not much fuel efficient, but the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63 is found to contain a larger cabin. It also has a large cargo space when compared to Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Hence, if space is your priority then you may go for Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S 63.

Final Verdict:

Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the 6th generation car from the manufacturer that offers best in class engine specifications, stunning exterior looks, stylish interior, spacious cabin and the most advanced infotainment system and the safety features. When it comes to pricing, though it is found to be costly, the features embedded are worth the value. It is the best midlevel choice of anyone who desires to own an SUV that offers unbeatable charm.           

 

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