The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show is only a month away, but Porsche has decided to give its fans an early present by taking the wraps off the latest and fastest addition to the Cayenne family the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
While Porsche’s flagship Cayenne model is powered by the same 4.8 liter V8 that also sees duty in the Cayenne Turbo, Porsche engineers began a rigorous campaign of upgrading the engine with new components such as a redesigned intake manifold, increased levels of boost for the twin turbochargers, and a remapped ECU that allows the engine to produce 550 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque – an increase of 50 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque – compared to the Turbo model.
All of this new-found power is routed to all four wheels through an eight speed Tiptronic S transmission, which works hand-in-hand with the aforementioned upgrades to launch the Turbo S from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds: impressive numbers for an SUV that weighs in at 4,883 pounds. In addition to its numerous performance upgrades, Porsche engineers have outfitted the 2013 Cayenne Turbo S with the latest high tech goodies Porsche has to offer. Some of this equipment includes Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM), Torque Vectoring Plus, and Porsche’s familiar Sport Chrono Package which allows the driver to time their blasts down the track with a special dash-mounted stopwatch.
The interior of the 2013 Cayenne Turbo S has also received upgrades to help make it more distinct from the Cayenne Turbo. Carbon fiber accents adorn the dash while two-tone leather seats ensure occupants are nestled in place during spirited driving while an Alcantara-covered headliner adds a final performance-inspired touch to the cabin. Exterior changes are minimal, but Turbo S models will feature special black gloss trim on the headlights and air intakes, Turbo S-exclusive 21 inch wheels, and distinct Turbo S badging.
Look for the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S to make its official debut at the 2013 Los Angles Motor Show in November with sales expected to begin next spring at a base price of $146,975.