631 hp would be most powerful gas Cayenne
Would better compete with Urus, others
The Porsche Cayenne offers some seriously impressive performance, but when you compete with the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, impressive isn’t always enough. So the automaker is planning a newer, quicker model for reveal later this year and it will be the most powerful gas-powered version of the sports crossover to date.
631 hp will be on tap for the new and as-yet-unnamed Cayenne, with 626 lb-ft, says Autocar. That power would come from an improved version of Porsche‘s 4.0L twin-turbo V8, though that would put the vehicle just a few ponies behind the Urus and just five ahead of the Bentley. Since all three are based on the same platform, the hierarchy makes sense: the Lambo is more expensive, the Bentley gets a W12.
Currently, the quickest gas-only Cayenne model is the Turbo with 541 hp from a version of the same V8. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid uses an electric motor and battery back to give it 670 hp total, so the Turbo S name would be a good fit on this new version.
The report said that the new version will be offered solely in the slightly swoopier Coupe body shape, with Rico Löscher, the engineer in charge of the model, telling Autocar that “it is lighter and has a slightly lower centre of gravity than the SUV. Our intention is to deliver not only the most powerful but the sportiest Cayenne to date.”
It is also set to get a new bodykit including a reworked front bumper with larger air ducts and a carbon fibre active aero package to help with both downforce and engine and brake cooling. The report says to expect more tweaks including to the chassis dynamics controls and in the form of a titanium exhaust system.