Dubai. Starting in March, Porsche plans to give its Cayenne SUV a boost with its new Turbo S model.
"The Turbo S will give us further reason for elation over Cayenne sales figures," said Porsche Chairman Wendelin Wiedeking at a presentation in the United Arab Emirates.
Wiedeking said demand is for the Cayenne "is far beyond our original expectations" despite falling sales.
According to preliminary figures, Cayenne sales for the first half of the 2005/2006 fiscal year "have dropped by 12.2 percent, to 16,960 units, compared to the same period the previous year," Wiedeking said.
The Turbo S model accelerates from of 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. Its top speed is 167 mph. The price for the 521-horsepower SUV in Germany is 117,557 euros, or about $139,300 at current exchange rates.
Porsche puts gasoline consumption for a fully loaded, three-ton Turbo S at an average of 15.1 mpg.
Wiedeking isn't giving up on Cayenne customers who may not be thrilled with the high-powered vehicle's fuel economy.
"By the end of the decade, we plan to introduce a version with hybrid drive," Wiedeking said.
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