Monday, November 22, 2010

Porsche Cayenne

 
 
The biggest knocks on the original Cayenne were, first and foremost, that it was an SUV, which many critics and Porsche aficionados claimed the renowned sports-car maker should have never built, and second, it was deficient in Porsche DNA. No question, the first-gen, of which Porsche has sold around 90,000 in the U.S. since it debuted in 2003, was -- and still is -- a capable SUV, whether on road or off. From the base V-6 all the way up to the twin-turbo V-8, the 2003-10 Cayenne stood near or at the top of its class in capability and, more notable, dynamics. Still, auto analysts, including us, as well as the Porsche faithful carped that Stuttgart's SUV lacked, well, Porscheness -- even though the Cayenne was a tall, heavy sport/ute, it should nonetheless come across more like a 911 or even the new Panamera, be it in feel or perception.
 


 
After driving three of the four U.S.-bound 2011 Cayenne models in and around the lovely confines of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama -- including the highly entertaining and technical 2.4-mile road course -- we're pleased to report that Porsche's second-generation sport/utility indeed possesses genuine Porscheness. Sure it's still the tallest and heaviest vehicle in the lineup -- depending on the model, height is down from 0.3 to 0.5 inch and weight is down around 400 pounds -- but the sensations from behind the wheel, for the most part, now belie its SUV classification. The Cayennes feel - and are - quicker, more agile, and more thrilling to drive. Further, they're more exciting to look at, thanks to remolded sheet metal draped over a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase. The hood now features a power dome similar to that on a Panamera and the rear shoulders are more pronounced, imparting a muscular, fast-forward stance. Don't let the smooth, sporty lines fool you, though -- the Cayenne remains a workhorse. Towing capacity maxes out at 5952 pounds for the V-6 and 7716 pounds for all other models.
 


 
The aforementioned weight drop comes from extensive use of aluminum in the doors, hood, and chassis as well as a new electronically controlled multi-plate-clutch all-wheel-drive system that, in conjunction with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and a new Aisin eight-speed automatic, does without a reduction gearbox, saving 73 pounds. Moreover, the engines are lighter, as are the radiator, exhaust, parking brake (now electronic), electrical system, and wheels and tires. Even better, the Cayenne's more feathery structure is 15-percent stiffer than before. This newfound weight loss contributes in part to a maximum 23-percent increase in European fuel-economy tests, according to Porsche. Other petrol-saving factors include enhanced engine and thermal management, and Automatic Start Stop (shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped) with the eight-speed, a technology that debuted in the Panamera.

56 comments:

  1. I always demand genuine Porscheness from my second-generation vehicles.

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  2. My Parents were thinking of picking this up but instead decided to go with the BMW X5

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  3. German luxury SUVs are just plain nasty to drive. Like lead magic carpets. Make me car-sick.

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  4. I always wanted a Porsche since I was little!

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  6. Wow! If I only had the money...

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  7. It's nice but SUVs aren't really my thing.

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  8. hows this car handle off road in the pits?

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  9. ill take a nissan murano over a cayenne any day. maybe im just a nissan guy.

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  10. Wow! They really upped the anti with this new version. solid build.

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  11. Looks good, but I prefer the other Porsches, like the Carrera.

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  12. thats ok but if it were my money id be going for an audi Q5-Q7 moar poweerrrrr and a little roomier

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  13. Very informative, you definitely know your stuff. I didn't even know Porsche put out an SUV.

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  14. europe always makes better cars!

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  15. Porsh or Porsha?

    I always think of that episode of Fresh Prince when I think of Porsche.

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  16. I really like the look of the hood.

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  17. Amazing car, just hate the exterior design still.

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  18. Not my kind of car really, but I can appreciate it.

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  19. Not my favorite car on the roads, but it's classy and this is a great write up! Nice job bud!

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  20. best luxury suv hands down...mayyyybe the Q8 stands up against it.

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  21. i saw one one of these on the roads with its rear tires installed backwards. the tread V was facing ^, but only on one wheel.

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  22. The design doesn't really attract my attention either but the specs look great.

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  23. Stylish and familiar too, awesome.

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  24. Beautiful, stylish and reliable. Could it be better?

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  25. Im looking to get an 06, what id give for a 2011!

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  26. doesnt look too bad, kinda like it

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