Porsche has announced a new version of its popular SUV today at the Detroit Auto Show: the 550-horsepower 2014 Cayenne Turbo S.

This newly minted "flagship" of the Cayenne lineup is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 engine, and offers 50 hp more than the Cayenne Turbo. Performance figures are impressive for the sleek utility vehicle: 0-60 miles per hour can be dashed off in 4.3 seconds, while maximum speed is rated at 175 mph. The Turbo S also gets dynamic chassis control, torque vectoring and Porsche's Sport Chrono package – all standard equipment.

Visually the Cayenne Turbo S differentiates itself from the lesser models in pretty subtle ways. Gloss black trim decorates the gawping front air intakes, as well as rear-view mirror trim panel. The SUV also wears 21-inch Turbo II wheels, a la the 911 Turbo.

Expect the 2014 Cayenne Turbo S to appear in Porsche showrooms in the spring of 2013 with a starting price of $146,975 (including destination).
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Porsche at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

Detroit. 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. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 175 mph. Equipped for maximum dynamic performance, 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.

Also making an appearance at the North American International Auto Show is third-generation Porsche Cayman, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.

Re-engineered from the ground up, the new Cayman is lower, lighter, faster and more efficient and powerful than ever before. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car.

The 2014 Cayman is powered by a 2.7-liter engine with 275 hp, while the Cayman S produces 325 hp with a 3.4-liter engine. Both models will arrive in dealerships in spring 2013 at a base price of $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S.

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 the strong sales performance, increasing by 20 percent and 42 percent, respectively.

Porsche AG sold more sports cars globally in 2012 than ever before: 141,075 customer deliveries equal an increase of 18.7% compared to last year's record of 118,868 vehicles sold.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      $150k? Whoa. Obviously there are enough buyers out there to justify it but man that seems like a lot of coin. For that amount of money I would rather buy.... a house.
      • 2 Years Ago
      $40,000 for 50 more horsepower that only returns 3 more mph of unusable top speed and .1 off the 0-60? No thanks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The design of this vehicle is nothing short of HORRIBLE. For this amount of coin one should expect far better. BLECK.
      • 2 Years Ago
      With how quickly these lose value it blows my mind people spend $150k on them new. Obviously from the rolls royce post we saw that there is plenty of buyers out there with that sorta cash laying around but man seems like such a waste. The RR it makes more sense given its exclusivity but I see cayennes all over the place.
      Peter S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh good, more power... because we all know how underpowered the current Cayenne Turbo S is, lol...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Id rather go a Ranger Rover Supercharged. The style in this CUV seems too predictable. I hope they do a little more in refreshing it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Shudders" at the thought of soccer moms on the phone driving this thing like a minivan on the left lane of freeways at 55 mph. Although I personally detest this type of a vehicle, I'm all for Porsche making more money and using this on their "real" porsche cars.
        • 2 Years Ago
        They are part of VAG now so they don't really need this anymore. But they will make more model lines because VW wants more cash.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given the money (Which goes to my 20 and 22 year old cars respectively, one of which is a Porsche Turbo itself, and cuts my wallet up drastically on a monthly basis) I would very seriously consider this as a family car/road trip beast. I wouldn't be surprised if despite it's hulk, it was a great toy around the track as well. And I suspect that with it's limiter removed, it would be capable of 200MPH. So here we have a beautifully designed SUV (In stark contrast to the first gen Cayenne) that can hit 300KM/H, outdrive most sports cars, and seat 5 people in comfort all the while being able to handle any extreme weather thrown at it... This is a serious want on my end. I wonder how much the local Porsche dealer would give me for a 96,000KM 964 Turbo with a gutted interior and a tardy set of ball joints. Not much I suspect.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just does not look aggressive or expensive at all and definitely not worth $150,000 plus. For that kind of money I would rather have a Range Rover top spec or a G55 AMG.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont get porsche and mercedes with the 50 extra hp thing up from 518hp or 500. Why not just offer 550 period.
      • 2 Years Ago
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