2018 Cayenne New Car Test Drive
The Porsche Cayenne SUV is a large crossover, crossing over into the world of Porsche Turbo sports cars. It isn't rugged, but it is deft off road. All-wheel drive is standard. It most closely competes with the full-size Range Rover.
This is the second generation of the Cayenne, launched as a 2011 model, so it's a bit long in the tooth. The 2017 Cayenne gets the latest version of Porsche Communication Management infotainment system as standard equipment. And the 2017 Porsche Cayenne lineup adds a new Platinum Edition package for the base and S E-Hybrid models.
Cayenne comes in six variations: The base Cayenne comes with a 3.6-liter V6 making 300 horsepower, capable of accelerating from zero to sixty in less than 7.3 seconds, according to Porsche, and is rated by the EPA for 18/24/20 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined on Premium gasoline.
Also available is the 2017 Platinum Edition.
The Cayenne S model puts a twin turbo on that engine to make 420 horsepower, for 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, or 5.1 with the Sport Chrono option, and 17/24/20 mpg.
The GTS model twists up the boost to get 440 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque out of that twin-turbo V6, to get a zero-to-sixty time of 4.9 seconds, quite quick.
The Cayenne Turbo is a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 making 520 horsepower and hitting sixty mph from zero in a very quick 4.1 seconds. You want faster? The Turbo S makes 570 horsepower from that engine, and will go about 180 miles an hour.
Even the S E-Hybrid gets 416 hp from its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 mated with an electric motor for 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, along with an EPA rating of 47 MPGe with 14 miles of all-electric range.
The Cayenne won't be crash-tested, because it's low volume and high cost.
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne comes in Cayenne ($59,600); Cayenne S ($76,200); Cayenne GTS ($97,200); Cayenne Turbo ($116,500); Cayenne Turbo S ($159,600); Cayenne S E-Hybrid ($78,700) versions.
Navigation, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connectivity are standard. Panoramic sunroof and heated windshield are not.
The GTS gets its own exhaust system, air suspension and dampers, and bigger brakes with bigger air intakes in the nose.
Standard equipment includes all the dynamic aids and chassis systems, like Torque Vectoring Plus, Active Suspension Management, and Dynamic Chassis Control, that electronically sets at any given micro-second the resistance of the hydraulic rollbars, to keep the car flat in corners.