What do you get when you take the company that has given us the best sports car in history and you tell them to build and SUV? The answer is the Porsche Cayenne. Even though no one told them it had to be a sports SUV, Porsche has gone to great lengths to ensure this SUV is considered the 911 of the SUV segment. The Cayenne has experienced a great deal of success since it was unleashed on the world and now offers two new performance versions to begin the climb to having nearly as many models as the 911.
The two new performance laden models of the Cayenne are the Turbo S and the GTS. The Turbo S will give up to 570 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and the GTS shows up with a turbocharged V6. All versions of the Cayenne continue to offer amazing ride features and carry the name of Porsche with pride and excellence. The Cayenne plays in a sandbox with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class so it has to continue to amaze, which of course it does easily.
What is so amazing about an SUV built for spot more than utility? When you look at the Cayenne you can see the strong lines and muscular shape that make it a real player as an SUV. You can also easily see the low angles and lines that are made to cut the wind with ease and give all the speed and performance desired. The front of the Cayenne does resemble a 911but once past the front quarter panels this vehicle is all SUV.
One interesting feature is that each set of brake calipers have been colored to be identifying marks of this vehicle with black for a diesel model, silver for the S and S E-Hybrid, and red for the Turbo and GTS model. For the Turbo S the caliper color is yellow, although that color is elsewhere in the lineup as well. Another identifying feature is the four exhaust pipes and trapezoidal grill which are found on the Turbo models.
As an SUV you expect to find more space inside the Cayenne than you would the sports car it grew from and that is precisely what you find and more. The interior features of the Cayenne are gorgeous with smooth leather finishes, fine stitching, real wood and metal accents and a full array of updated technology to make the ride a pleasure cruise. Those relegated to the rear seat will also enjoy comfort as they benefit from sliding and reclining seats that offer plentiful space to stretch out. For the entertainment of those in the back; a pair of LCD screens are built into the front headrests to ensure a direct enjoyment of this area of the SUV. Probably the only real drawback is the vast array of control knobs and buttons to learn, but once you have those down, driving the Cayenne is a piece of cake.
Not often do you see an SUV that can reach sixty mph in only 3.8 seconds, but this one can make it with no problem. Even the Cayenne S E-Hybrid makes this drive in only 5.4 seconds while giving awesome fuel numbers. For the new V6 GTS the time to sixty mph is 4.4 seconds staying within parameters of outstanding speed. The speed of this SUV is not all it has to offer as every Porsche model has direct and dynamic steering, control and suspension to make sure you will enjoy the ride and be able to easily enjoy a drive with multiple curves, twist and turns. The Diesel doesn’t get forgotten in all of this either as it has nearly 30 mph and outstanding torque.
Now that we have seen how fast these highly controlled models can go let’s look at the power plants under the hood. Even though this lineup has seven different engine setups, the transmission used across the board is an awesome eight-speed automatic AWD version to make all Cayenne models capable in weather and if you want to head out for a remote off road destination.
The base model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that comes in with 300 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Maybe this sounds “ho-hum” for a Porsche, but you have to start somewhere and with this powertrain you will receive 19 city/24 hwy mpg to be enjoyed.
Next up is the Cayenne S which is powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and shows itself with 420 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. This is quite a huge power jump over the base model but even with this increase in power the fuel numbers are still at 17 city/24 hwy mpg.
Continuing up the lineup the GTS is powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that carried 440 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. This model drops a little with fuel mileage, but with the zip to sixty mph and driving dynamics it’s worth the loss to 16 city/23 hwy mpg.
The Cayenne Diesel comes in powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 engine. For anyone looking to save fuel numbers, this is the first real option on this list at 20 city/29 hwy mpg. This engine shows up with 240 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque as well, making it one of the most livable versions of the Cayenne.
Next we see the hybrid offering which the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is bringing a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 plus an electric motor. The combined power of this engine shows up at 416 horsepower and 435 lb.-ft. of torque offers a combined mileage of 22 mpg but 47 MPGe when driven in purely electric mode.
Now we enter the high power numbers starting with the Cayenne Turbo which is powered by a 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that offers up 520 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This speed demon is not bought for fuel numbers but does give a semi-respectable 14 city/21 hwy mpg.
Finally, the power hungry model of the group is the Cayenne Turbo S. This beauty runs with a 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood that coughs up 570 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This model and the Turbo are the ones built to go to around the track with some awesome speed and are built to handle the fun of a race to the finish line. The Turbo S has the same fuel numbers as the Turbo, even though fuel mileage is an afterthought with this SUV.
For each and every model the standard equipment for you to enjoy includes water repellent front side windows, a height adjustable power liftgate, rain sensing windshield wipers, a ten-speaker audio system with a seven inch touch screen system, the fuel saving start/stop technology, six airbags, electronic stability aids and roadside assistance during the warranty period.
For the optional features the Cayenne offers the Dynamic Chassis Control which adjusts the anti-roll bars to add stiffness to the suspension while driving. Other options include a 1,000-watt 16-speaker Burmester audio system with in vehicle connectivity and Aha Radio along with other social media networking features and a $9,000 braking system.
With this kind of vehicle from Porsche you know the price will be high, but maybe not quite as high as you could expect. Starting at the base model the price begins at $59,000 with the diesel showing up at $63,000. The Cayenne S starts at $76,000 while the S E-Hybrid comes in just above $78,000. When you look at the performance models you find the GTS comes in at $96,500 with the Turbo at just under $115,000 and the Turbo S around $158,200. Overall, the price range may be wide, but so is the performance. Even with that said, many can enjoy the benefits the Cayenne offers with true sport enthusiasts finding plenty of power and performance from this awesome SUV from Porsche.