Porsche is celebrating a new flagship for the Cayenne SUV family at the North American International Auto Show with the world premiere of the 550 hp Cayenne Turbo S.
The 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged Cayenne Turbo S benefits from an additional 50 hp compared to the Cayenne Turbo.
It accelerates zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 175 mph. The car is equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and the Sport Chrono package as standard.
The exterior of the Cayenne Turbo S is distinguished by front air intakes and rear-view mirror trim painted in high-gloss black. Standard 21-inch 911 Turbo II wheels with colored Porsche badges and high-gloss black accents are also exclusive to the Cayenne Turbo S, along with dual twin-tube sport tailpipes.
The model is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in spring 2013 at a starting price of $146,000, not including a $975 destination charge.
The U.S. continues to be Porsche’s largest market, with 35,043 cars sold here in 2012, representing an increase of 21 percent compared to 2011. The Cayenne and 911 models contributed to its sales performance, increasing by 20 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
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