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2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, 911 Targa GTS Debut in Detroit

Sportier versions of existing Porsches.

Porsche used this year’s Detroit auto show to launch sportier versions of two existing vehicles. The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS endow the company’s crossover and its Targa-top sports car with a little more horsepower. Both go on sale in the U.S. in April.

Porsche’s most powerful crossover

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S builds on the existing top-dog Turbo model by amping up its 4.8-liter V-8 twin-turbo to 570 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The increases of 50 hp and 37 lb-ft allow the Turbo S to rocket to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and on toward a top speed of 176 mph — that’s 0.3 second quicker to the benchmark than a standard Cayenne Turbo.

To cope with all the extra power, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S benefits from standard carbon-ceramic brakes, active anti-roll bars, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus. Porsche claims the new model can lap Germany’s Nürburgring in a swift 7:59 minutes. As to visual dress-up, the Turbo S wears unique 21-inch wheels with black lips, LED headlights, leather upholstery with embossed Porsche crests on the headrests, and gloss-black exterior trim.

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S arrives with a sticker price of $158,295 after destination, up $43,700 over the price of a 2015 Cayenne Turbo.


Faster Targa

The 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS also adds a little more enthusiasm to a model that’s already in sale. The 911 Targa is the latest Porsche model to get the brand’s GTS treatment, and in this case, it bumps the Targa 4 S’s 3.8-liter flat-six engine up to 430 hp and 325 lb-ft, versus 400 hp and 325 lb-ft in the regular Targa 4 S. That drops the Targa’s 0-to-60-mph sprint to 4.1 seconds, when equipped with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, down just 0.1 second versus a PDK-equipped Targa 4 S. The top speed rises from 182 mph to 186 mph.

Other enhancements for the 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS include matte-black 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels, black exterior accents, the Sport Chrono package, and Sport Plus power seats covered in black Alcantara. The Targa has already proven a popular version of the new Porsche 911, with about 13 percent of 911 buyers opting for the current model.

The 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will set buyers back $133,795, a premium of $16,600 over a 2015 Targa 4 S.

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