The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT shouldn’t surprise anyone. Porsche SUVs have all been working toward this pinnacle model for quite some time. Unlike the fire-breathing Lamborghini Urus, which seemed to pop up out of nowhere, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT rides on the shoulders of many previous iterations that have set this model up for being one of the fastest SUVs ever made.
The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is bad to the bone
We saw the camouflage wraps shed last month as Porsche finally let us drink in the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT in all its glory. This hell-raising version represents the tippy-top of the Porsche Cayenne range. This means the Hybrid and Turbo are both dwarfed by this all-powerful SPORT utility vehicle.
Porsche promised that the 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT would not only be the fastest Cayenne, but it is also one of the fastest SUVs, period. Because of this promise, Porsche set the Cayenne Turbo GT’s first public outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend.
As noted by CarScoops, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is the fastest SUV of the line without being the most powerful. The Cayenne Turbo GT retains the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that powers the Turbo Coupe, but it also gets a power boost of 90 hp, giving it a total of 631 hp. Porsche also saw fit to bump the torque up to a massive 626 lb-ft.
Where did Porsche find all this extra umph?
This new spike in power isn’t a result of just remapping. Porsche went to the mat on the new Cayenne Turbo GT and reworked the crankshaft, turbo, induction, and intercooler. The Turbo GT also now features a lighter titanium exhaust system.
The snarling V8 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and revised software for the all-wheel drive system. Although this eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox shifts faster than the old one, it still isn’t quite on the same level as the PDK dual-clutch transmissions found in the 911s.
It might not be the most-powerful SUV, but it is one of the fastest SUVs ever
As we mentioned previously, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is one of the fastest SUVs Porsche makes; it isn’t the most powerful Cayenne. That honor belongs to none other than the Cayenne S E-Hybrid Coupe, which boasts 670 hp to the GT’s 631 hp.
The more powerful Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe can bust a 0-62 mph sprint in a blistering 3.8 seconds. However, the less-powerful Turbo GT absolutely kills the Hybrid with a 0-6mph time of only 3.3 seconds. That is nearly Ferrari 458 or Lamborghini Huracan times.
The mind-bending acceleration of the 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT isn’t the only trick it’s got. The Turbo GT has a top speed of 186 mph. The more powerful Cayenne Hybrid tops out at 178 mph. This new Porsche Cayenne is a true speed demon. It doesn’t need the biggest hp numbers to be the quickest. Porsche clearly did a great job reimagining what the Cayenne could be capable of and seemed to have cleared this one past the fence and into the parking lot.
Lastly, if those figures weren’t enough to prove its dominance, how about the fact that it now holds the Nurburgring fastest SUV record? That’s right; it set a monster lap time at the infamous track of 7:38.9.
I think it’s fair to say that this new Cayenne is one of the fastest SUVs ever made; it also doesn’t look too bad.