2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV

MSRP $127,800

Ranked #24 in Midsize Suv

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2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 22, 2021

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The Porsche Cayenne was launched back in 2002 and was essentially a performance-oriented SUV rather than a regular one. Initially, the vehicle got mixed reviews but with time and consistent development, it carved out a niche in the segment with its solid performance and car-like driving dynamics. Porsche also launched an even high-performing Turbo variant of the “regular” Cayenne and it gained a cult status in the automotive world. The SUV entered into its third-generation model back in 2018.

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Pros

Stupendous acceleration 

Sportscar-rivaling handling

Elegant and plush cabin

Surprisingly practical

Cons

Steep price tag

Driver assistance features are not standard

Smaller-than-average cargo space

What's New?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$127800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

177 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

541 hp @ 5750 rpm

torque

567 lb.-ft. @ 1960 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

59.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

159 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/19 mpg

highway range

450.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

10 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$127,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV in Biscay Blue Metallic color
Biscay Blue Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is a carryover model from the 2020 MY hence the performance and the design aspect will remain the same. The SUV is built on the Volkswagen Group MLB platform which it shares with some iconic SUVs such as the Volkswagen Touareg, Bentley Bentayga, and the Lamborghini Urus. With a steep starting price of $127,800, the vehicle is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The Cayenne Turbo competes directly with the Audi RS Q8, BMW X5 M, and the Land Rover Range Rover SVR

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Features

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is a high-performance trim of the Cayenne SUV and comes with a standard twin-turbo V8 along with a standard AWD layout. Apart from that, the SUV also features some unique styling accents along with performance-oriented upgrades as well. On the inside, the SUV remains as comfy and luxurious as the mainstream counterpart, retaining all the features from the lower SUV and adding some more on top of it. Some of the enhanced features include an adaptive air suspension with Porsche’s proprietary PASM technology, high-performance brakes, and a twin-turbo V8 motor. Some of the interior features include a Power-adjustable steering wheel, premium leather upholstery, heating function for both the front and rear seats, and faux suede headliner. Apart from all the standard features, the brand offers some standalone features to even better equip your vehicle that include Rear-wheel steering, 360-degree camera system, Lane-keeping assist, and Ventilated front seats among others.

Model

Cayenne Turbo

MSRP

$127,800

Key Features

Adaptive air suspension with PASM

 

Premium leather upholstery

 

Performance-tuned brakes

 

Faux suede headliner

 

Electronically adjustable front seats with heating function

 

Electrically-adjustable steering wheel

 

Premium 14-speaker Bose audio system

 

Adaptive Sports seats with memory package(optional)

Which trim should you buy?

Since the SUV is available in a single trim only we would recommend the optional Assistance Package that includes a handsome list of important active safety techs.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Engine and Performance

One of the main highlights of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powerplant that churns out a maximum of 541 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of maximum torque. The 3-liter turbocharged V6 of the base Cayenne is more than adequate for some enthusiastic driving but the twin-turbo V8 of the Cayenne Turbo is something else entirely. The motor has oodles of power on tap always and a slight tap on the accelerator makes it up and going almost instantly with almost no turbo lag. While this vehicle is meant to drive and perform like anything but in a sane manner, while out on daily drives, the SUV behaves properly and can get around the urban jungle with no drama. In Sport mode, the vehicle offers some serious and gut-slapping acceleration, posting a 0-60mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is limited to 177 mph and it can tow a decent load of 7,700 lbs.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

MSRP

$127,800

$114,500

$105,100

$115,500

Engine

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.4L twin-turbo V8

5.0L supercharged V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Tiptronic S Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

541hp@5750RPM

591hp

600hp@6000RPM

575hp@6000RPM

Torque 

567lb-ft@1960RPM

590lb-ft

553lb-ft@5500RPM

516lb-ft@3500RPM

0-60 MPH 

3.9 sec

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile 

N/A

N/A

12.2 sec

N/A

Top Speed 

177 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

176 MPH

Towing Capacity 

7,700

7,700

1,653

6,613

The Audi RS Q8 is a solid performer here and it doesn’t cease to impress with its lower price and higher power and performance figures as compared to the Cayenne Turbo. The RS Q8 also gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and has an even lower 0-60mph sprint time than the Cayenne Turbo, 3.7 seconds. Unfortunately, the vehicle tops out at 155mph. The BMW X5 M gets a big and beefy motor here, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that generates an eye-watering 600 horsepower but generates a slightly lower torque output and is only 0.1 seconds quicker than the Cayenne Turbo. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR comes with the biggest powerplant here, a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that dishes out a healthy 575 horsepower yet posts the highest acceleration time among the rivals here with a 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds.

How well does the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo handle?

After eating a decent number of sportscars for breakfast with its sheer amount of performance, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo impresses yet again with its handling capabilities. The Cayenne Turbo gets Porsche’s Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system as standard along with air suspension and makes for an aggressive handling machine out on the roads. The Sport mode puts the vehicle into its sportiest settings and the suspension stiffens along with a nicely weighed-up steering and a blisteringly quick throttle response. Throw it around the corners or take a curve at considerable speeds, the SUV can take it all. In Normal mode, the suspension offers commendable comfort and soaks up bad patches of tarmac well. At lower speeds, the steering feels adequately light yet the nimbleness of the vehicle can be felt though.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Braking Performance

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo gets a brilliant set of brakes since it has an absurd amount of power and performance on tap. The SUV gets 10-piston aluminum monobloc calipers with internally vented brake discs at the front and 4-piston units at the rear. Moreover, the brakes are Porsche’s Porsche Surface Coated Brakes that enhance the braking performance of the braking system leaps and bounds. Even though the braking distance of the SUV is not available yet given the exceptional and powerful hardware along with a decent curb weight of just over 5,000 lbs, the braking distance would lie within the vicinity of 105-110 ft.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Brake Front(in)

16.3 in

16.5 in

N/A

15 in

Brake Rear(in)

14.4 in

14.6 in

N/A

14.4 in

Curb Weight(lbs)

5056 lbs

5,490 lbs

5425 lbs

5070 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

106

118

The Audi RS Q8 houses the biggest set of brakes here which are marginally bigger than the Cayenne Turbo’s brakes and offer solid performance. Even though it gets some sizable rotors both at the front and the rear, its hefty curb weight does take a toll on its braking performance but the stopping distance is at par with the rivals. The BMW X5 M overwhelms with its 106 ft stopping distance even though it weighs slightly lower than the Audi RS Q8. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR posts a decent braking performance with a stopping distance of 118 ft.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Fuel Economy

High-performance SUVs that make it sure to give you that much-needed adrenaline rush won’t deliver the fuel efficiency of a regular SUV and the Cayenne Turbo is nothing different. The 2021 Cayenne Turbo returns an average of 15mpg within the urban limits and 19mpg out on the highways. The combined mileage is rated at 17mpg. The sizable 23.7-gallon fuel tank comes in handy and offers some decent combined driving range of 403 miles.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

MPG (City)

15

13

13

15

MPG (Highway)

19

19

18

20

MPG (Combined)

17

15

15

16

Fuel Capacity 

23.7 gallons

22.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

27.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

355/450/403 miles

292/427/337 miles

284/384/328 miles

412/550/440 miles

The Audi RS Q8 is quicker and makes more power than the Cayenne Turbo, hence, its fuel economy figures are even lower. On top of that, the SUV’s 22.5-gallon gas tank struggles to offer decent overall driving range numbers as well. The BMW X5 M delivers the highest power output here yet it has almost identical mpg ratings to the RS Q8. But, it fails to impress since it is only as quick as the Cayenne Turbo, despite having over 600 horsepower on tap. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR impresses though, with both its 16 mpg rating and the driving range numbers largely owing to its huge 27-gallon fuel tank.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Interior

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo’s interior is just as excellent and comfortable as the regular Cayenne SUV and gets some more features on top of the already handsome list of features. The front seats are 18-way electrically adjustable units with dedicated memory settings and all the seats get the “Turbo” lettering embossed in their headrests. Comfort levels are on another level from the front seats while the rear seats are more than adequately comfortable too. The rear passengers do get the convenience of the heading function found on the front seats and there is a handsome amount of headroom and legroom on offer for the rear passengers as well. The overall fit and finish levels are exceptionally good and the premium leather upholstery gives that much-desired plush touch to the cabin. The cargo capacity is decent at 26.3 cu-ft.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

41.1/59.5/41.2

40.7/60.0/39.8

39.5/60.7/39.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

38.1/58.5/40.2

40.7/58.1/37.4

39.1/59.5/37

Cargo Capacity (Cu.ft.)

26.3

30.5

33.9

31.7

The Audi RS Q8’s cabin is one of the finest among the segment and features an ultra-modern design that ensures adequate appeal to a wide range of buyers. Moreover, to supplement its overwhelming performance, there are tasteful carbon-fiber accents inside such as on the dashboard and the center console and the contrasting red stitching gives a cool appeal. The BMW X5 M, much like the Audi RS Q8, has a busy cabin with a complex design and styling cues scattered throughout the interior. The unique textures on the dashboard and the center console give a nice and premium touch, making you forget about the need for carbon-fiber inserts. The Range Rover Sport SVR screams British elegance from every aspect of the interior design and in a good sense. The overall design is less flashy and busy as compared to the rivals here and there are few styling elements that actually supplement the vehicle’s impressive performance. Additionally, all three contemporary SUVs also get better cargo capacities than the Porsche of just above 30 cu.-ft.

Some of the standout interior features include:

  • 18-way seats in front with memory package
  • Front and rear heated seats
  • Rear seats with folding center armrest 
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Faux suede headliner

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo gets a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that runs Porsche’s proprietary PCM interface and offers a bunch of intuitive and handy features as well. The UI is smooth and well laid out and is free from any lag or jitteriness. The system covers all the basics and offers some handy features such as Online Navigation Module, Connect Plus that includes Online Navigation Module, telephone module, and wireless internet access, and Sirius XM satellite radio. 

Some of the standout infotainment features are:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display with PCM interface
  • Sirius XM satellite radio
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Voice commands
  • Porsche Car Connect

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Exterior

Porsche has always liked to keep it subtle when it comes to the exterior design of its most popular vehicles and it includes the Cayenne SUV as well. Yes, the exterior design of the Cayenne has evolved in a nice way but it is nowhere as dramatic as some of its rivals such as the Audi Q8 or the BMW X5.

The Cayenne Turbo gets a mildly aggressive front-end design but the black air inlets and the air dams look like an afterthought. The LED headlamps with integrated four-point LED running lights look spectacular both during the day and at night. The side profile remains simple with smooth and curvy body lines while the rear end gets an eye-catching design, especially with that LED light strip that connects both the left and right LED taillight units.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Curb Weight (in.)

5056 lbs

5,490 lbs

5425 lbs

5070 lbs

Length (in.)

194.0

197.3

195.0

192.1

Width (in.)

78.1

78.7

79.3

81.6

Height (in.)

65.9

66.7

68.9

71.0

Ground Clearance (in.) 

7.4

N/A

8.3

8.4

Wheelbase (in.)

114.0

117.9

117.0

115.1

The Audi RS Q8 gets a dramatic exterior design owing to its super-aggressive front-end styling, making it look like an angry brast ready to charge. The all-black and huge front grille accentuated by the out-of-this-world-looking LED headlamp units is an immediate attention grabber while the uniquely designed wheels along with the similarly dramatic rear-end design make sure that those onlookers’ eyeballs remain glued to the vehicle till out of sight. The BMW X5 M also has a design to die for yet, when compared to the Cayenne Turbo, it feels more appealing. The Range Rover Sport SVR now gets a proper sporty design right from the front end yet, the SUV still possesses that larger-than-life appearance when pitted against the rivals here.

Some of the standard exterior features include:

  • Adaptive rear spoiler
  • Twin dual-tube Turbo tailpipes
  • Automatic rear hatch
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors
  • Panoramic roof

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Safety

Porsche vehicles hardly go through any crash tests owing to their exotic price tags and limited sales volume. Yet, all the vehicles do come with premium build quality along with a decent suite of safety features as standard. Apart from the basics and the factory-fitted advanced driver assist systems, Porsche also offers a host of optional safety techs which include a 360-degree camera system, Lane-keeping Assist, and Adaptive cruise control.

Some of the notable safety features are:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Active Park Assist 
  • Automated Emergency Braking 
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Automatic High Beams and Night Vision
  • Forward Collision Warning 
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Keeping Assist

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Competition

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs. 2021 Audi RS Q8

The Audi RS Q8 gives serious competition to the Cayenne Turbo owing to its mind-blowing performance at a cheaper price tag as compared to the Cayenne. The RS Q8 is quicker, more practical, more powerful, and has more cargo capacity than the Cayenne. The only disappointing factor about the RS Q8 is its lackluster fuel economy where the Cayenne Turbo surpasses it.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs. 2021 BMW X5 M

The BMW X5 M has some serious firepower under its hood and even houses a bigger motor than the Cayenne Turbo only to be held back by the SUV’s heft. The X5 M is also cheaper, more practical, and spacious than the Cayenne Turbo. It also loses out to the Cayenne in terms of fuel economy.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs. 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Range Rover Sport SVR is all about traveling fast in style and comfort. It gets the least dramatic design a more sane on-road performance and a better fuel economy than the rivals, especially the Cayenne Turbo. Moreover, the SVR has better mpg figures than the rest of the rivals here along with a huge gas tank, making for impressive driving range numbers. The SUV is only held back by the brand itself owing to its questionable reliability.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo will appeal to the die-hard Porsche fans and those, who require a fast SUV bearing the Porsche logo on it. As a package, the Cayenne Turbo ticks almost all the boxes and even qualifies as a trusted and practical daily driver too. Its steep price tag might ward off potential speed-seekers into buying better and cheaper options such as the RS Q8 or the BMW X5 M.