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There's something magical about 200 mph. The double century has become a benchmark for modern supercars, although it takes just as much courage as pavement to do the deed. As we found out at World Class Driving earlier this year, sometimes that isn't even enough. Techart, the well-known German Porsche tuner, recently headed to the Nardo test track in Italy to see if they could break the 200 mph mark in one of its more unlikely speed demons: a Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Obviously, an SUV isn't exactly the ideal vehicle to reach terminal velocity, but it seems to be a popular trend lately. Just last week we told you about the Brabus GLK V12 that reached 200.3 mph at Nardo thanks to its 750 horsepower twin-turbo V12. The Techart Cayenne Turbo with just 680 horsepower wasn't quite as fast -- 321.2 km/h or 199.5 mph, but seriously impressive nonetheless. Techart is still declaring a world record, though, claiming the title of the planet's fastest "full size" SUV. Trivial? Yes. Pointless? Undoubtedly. But wealthy soccer moms that rejoicing during their daily commute on the autobahn. Learn more about the Techart Cayenne Turbo and its record-breaking top speed run after the jump.

[Source: Techart]


Leonberg, December 2009. TECHART Automobildesign really set the sparks flying at this year`s trial of strength at the High Speed Event in Nardo/Italy. Test driver Sandro Reuter reached a top speed of 321,2 km/h, respectively 200 mph, with the TECHART refined Porsche Cayenne Turbo. TECHART thus secured a new speed record for Fullsize-SUVs. The circular 12.4 kilometer track is still considered to be the world´s fastest motor racing circuit, even ahead of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the United States.

The winner car, refined with the TECHART equipment, is based on a Porsche Cayenne Turbo with Turbo S technology. The installed TA 055/2.2 performance kit takes the engine up to 680 hp, an increase of 130 hp compared with the standard production model. The Aerodynamics Kit I, together with the "Sport" air suspension module, additionally delivered the necessary performance on the circuit.

But thought was also given to TECHART´s usual external upgrades on the vehicle. The TECHART daytime running lights, sports steering wheel, carbon kit, aluminium pedals, decorative stitching and seat belts in gray, additional leather in Luxury Black and illuminated door entry guards with the TECHART logo made the car to a highlight in the pit lane.

Along with the driver`s skills, this success was primarily driven by the perfect, systematic adjustment of the wheels and the suspension. For the record run at moderate temperatures the TECHART Team chose Continental Cross Contact UHP high-performance tires on 22-inch TECHART Formula rims, which were exposed to specific loading as a result of the one-sided cornering on the circuit. Longstanding TECHART test driver Sandro Reuter said with great satisfaction: "The SUV was ideally prepared for the event. Both the engine and the tires showed a high level of performance and consistency."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A four door porsche? No man!

      The problem with rolling at 200mph is that there are cops. Pay all that money for a fast car and can't even let it roar. Where is the fun in that?

      I hit the expressway in my old 911 just below the ramp where the resort traffic comes on. Frequently there is a 60 plus year old man, driving a 100K-150K car with a 20 something blond next to him, both car and girl built for speed. The man is rolling along at 50mph, when he should be in third and doing 95. Hangs up traffic, nearly causes wrecks......

      His concern is not the police. He just bought a car he is not able to drive. Such a waste, however, he did score the blond, which I suppose was his intent when he purchased the vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not my choice of car....however.
      Anyone who knocks the performance...has obviously not driven or ridden in one at speed.
      A very impressive performance SUV.
      Also a big moneymaker for Porsche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happens when you accelerate a barn to 200 mph? Nothing. Its still a barn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These so called SUV's are nothing but glorified station wagons. So many people detest the station wagon concept so the came up with the idea to call them SUV's When the heck are they going to go back to having some full size coupes that a person without six kids and a mother in law can enjoy? Bring back the Monte Carlo, the Eldorado, The Thunderbird. Something we can tell the difference from the rest of the steerage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly - is this really necessary?? How about this: instead of making a car that can go 200 mph, how about making one that gets 200 MPG???!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You gotta wonder if anyone actually buys these things. Worlds better looking than a regular cayenne (one of the most useless cars in the world), but who would actually spend their hard earned money on something like this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dario Franchitti admitted to owning one during an interview I heard. It was his "airport car".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would imagine that the CdA of such a vehicle is just ridiculous. Getting one to nearly 200mph must be like a rectangular fish swimming rapidly through the ocean.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Panamera Turbo all blacked out like that might actually not look so bad. (it might hide some of the roof's odd proportions and lines.)

      And why didn't Panamera get LED markers/indicators like that... a trip to TechArt would almost be REQUIRED to fit those ASAP, instead of the stock dorky ones.

      But Cayenne still looks like an even bigger lump to me. Cayenne and Panamera seem like a whole different brand than the 997 and 987 lines. I love most of the looks of the boxer powered cars, but none of the V-engined cars look as good. Even the Carrera GT looked a bit awkward in the roofline area, neither a graceful true fixed-roof coupe, nor a truly open car... Not to say that the V-engined cars aren't technical amazements... they are. But aesthetics seem to be forced on them, and not better for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes people do buy these and are too busy making money answering questions from trolls on forums.
      • 5 Years Ago
      since there's no road one can legally drive that speed in this country the only reason people will buy it is for ego not performance...it's a "look at me" car....which, if you need a car to get attention is a pathetic statement about your sense of self.

      the car makes sense where the autobahn is since you can drive much faster than you can here...legally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What makes that thing an SUV?? Is the fact that you can get to the trunk (or boot) from inside the car? Or is the the little side window behind the back side door. It almost looks like a station wagon from some years ago with a few more smooth edges and shorter load area.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another non-achievement. What a waste of a good engine.
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