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.
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.