The Porsche Cayenne is classified as a mid-size luxury crossover and is manufactured by the German automaker Porsche. This vehicle was first introduced in 2002 and went on sale in North America in 2003. The Cayenne uses the same platform as the Volkswagen Touareg and is the first V8 engine to be built by Porsche since 1995. All of the engines in these vehicles have featured direct injection technology since 2008. The second generation of this vehicle was first introduced to the public in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. While the Cayenne does have the same platform as the Touareg, all of the other components in it, including the overall design and tuning, are completely unique.
Although the overall sales for the Porsche Cayenne have been good, anticipation for this vehicle was initially mixed. This vehicle has, however, been praised for its overall performance, handling, and powering engines. The lineup for this vehicle includes the V8 Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. The VR6 and diesel-powered versions were added later on. The base model of the Cayenne uses a 3.2 liter VR6 engine which is capable of producing up to 250 PS with modifications that allow its power to go up to 6700 rpm. The motor that the first generation Cayenne uses is the same one in the Volkswagen Touareg as well as the Volkswagen Golf R32. There is also a turbo diesel engine available and it has an impressive acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, using a manual transmission.
The Cayenne S uses an 8-cylinder engine with a dry-sump lubrication system as well as variable valve timing. The engine in this model is capable of producing up to 340 PS and 310 pound-feet of torque and accelerating from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. The Cayenne GTS uses a 405 PS 4.8 liter V8 engine which features a sport suspension as well as 21” wheels. This model is much lighter than the Cayenne S and also uses an aerodynamic body kit.
The first generation Cayenne Turbo used a 450 PS engine which was able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. There was also a Turbo S version made available in 2006 which competed with the Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG. The Turbo S featured a locking differential as well as a height-adjustable off-road suspension. Acceleration with this vehicle was clocked at 0-60 mph in only 5.0 seconds.
The diesel version of the Cayenne is powered by a Volkswagen 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine, which was added in February of 2009. This engine is rated at 240 PS and 410 pound-feet of torque. The Cayenne S Transsyberia was initially designed as a racing vehicle for Transsyberia rally and only 26 of them were ever manufactured. The Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 was produced in 2010 and is a limited edition with only 100 units made in the United States. This vehicle has a Lava Grey Metallic body as well as 21” SportPlus wheels and black leather upholstery.
Sales of the second generation Cayenne started in April of 2010 as the 2011 model and was introduced to the public in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. This model of the Cayenne is shorter and smaller some its predecessors with a curvier design as well as door-mounted mirrors and a sloping roofline. This vehicle was released with quite a bit of anticipation and it is still considered to be one of the more powerful, safe, and sleek-looking vehicles ever to be made by the German automaker Porsche.