Record: This is how the Porsche Cayenne became the fastest SUV at the Nürburgring


The new high-performance version of the Cayenne has risen to the top of its category in the Green Hell. A few weeks ago Porsche issued a statement to announce the development of an updated Cayenne with which it aims to achieve levels of performance and dynamism never before seen in the popular German SUV, but it was not until today that we have known that this same vehicle He achieved a record on June 14 in a challenging setting such as the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. There, in its 20,832 kilometers in length, the high-performance SUV has placed at the top of the ranking of times in its category.

The fastest SUV on the Nürburgring

The driver was at the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe is none other than Lars Kern, who has managed to complete a lap of the German track in 7: 38,925 minutes, surpassing the current 'king' of the SUV of the Green Hell: the Audi RS Q8. With almost four seconds of improvement over its cousin with the four rings, the Stuttgart machine has surprised the driver himself due to the precision of its steering and the stability of the tarsier train. For the first few meters of the Nordschleife on this Cayenne, I had to look around to be really sure I was sitting in a spacious SUV. The precision of the steering and the incredible stability of the rear axle gave me a lot of confidence in the Hatzenbach section, says Kern.

In the sudden changes of direction in fast curves, like those that take place between Hohe Acht and Eiskurve, there is no noticeable roll or the tendency to understeer. Even in this highly technical area, the Cayenne is an easy vehicle to control. Normally, the wheels lift off the asphalt on the slopes of Pflanzgarten I and II, but with the Cayenne, the feeling is smooth and calm. Although there is a long suspension journey, the body remains firm and controlled. The powertrain also makes a sensational impression, with plenty of power on demand and perfect gear changes, says the Porsche test driver.

Slightly camouflaged

At the time of the record, the outside temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while the track reached 46 degrees. The example used is similar to the model that will soon arrive at dealerships, except for the presence of a competition seat and roll bars, elements installed to protect the rider. Since it has not yet been presented, Porsche has slightly camouflaged its bodywork and its specifications are still unknown. However, thanks to the video that leads these lines we can appreciate the power and torque developed at all times throughout the lap.

Thanks to this, we can say that the 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine that hides under the hood of this unit develops 640 horsepower and a maximum torque of about 850 Nm, associated with a PDK double-clutch automatic gearbox that sends all power to all four wheels. These are accompanied by 22-inch Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, developed specifically for the updated Cayenne and which will be available as part of the standard equipment.

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