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Review 2011 Porsche Cayenne S The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2011 Porsche S

Strongly feel that should stick to sports Personally, I’m willing to cut Zuffenhausen a slack. Sports car sales, their boom-and-bust cycles, provide a sound foundation for financial health. A more test: does Porsche’s look and drive unlike any in a manner consistent with the

Though not pretty, the Panamera this test. And the Cayenne

The initial outlook isn’t While the Cayenne’s front end resembles those of other models, the rest of the exterior can be mistaken for an Audi or even a In fact, the first time I saw the second-generation Cayenne I thought it was an Q5.

One reason: while the Panamera is related to no other car, the retains close ties the Volkswagen Touareg. which it resembles. This isn’t a bad thing. Like the second-generation VW, the Cayenne is sleeker, better-proportioned, and more attractive than its

The Cayenne’s interior is more than its exterior. Whether by dimensional differences or by visual the instrument panel seems lower and more compact in the than in the Touareg. As in the Panamera, the IP directly atop an upward-sloping console (its many closer at hand than would be in a vertical center to form a subtly tapered The center console’s upward-angled handles (why would the need one?) are now mirrored by the pulls (though the latter are farther forward). Put it all together, and the seems sportier from the seat than any other


Yet, unlike in the Panamera, no sense that you’re in a sports car. The seats entire vehicle) would to be much closer to the ground for

Porsche’s interiors have a long way over the past but the new Cayenne’s still includes too hard plastic that be mistaken for anything else—even fitted with the tested upholstered instrument panel and console. One surprising oversight provides a poor early the artful door pulls and creak when put to their use. Form clearly precedence over function.

The Cayenne’s base front are cushier than the German Though they provide lateral support, anyone to drive this Porsche a Porsche should pony up $1,815 for the 18-way power-adjustable seats. As in the Touareg, the comfortably rear seat slides and In its rearmost position there’s of legroom for all but the tallest adults—but the can be said of many smaller, compact crossovers.

Cargo is similarly beyond sufficient but short of outstanding.

As in the Panamera, choices include a 300-horsepower V6, supercharged hybrid V6, 400-horsepower V8 and 500-horsepower turbocharged V8 “Turbo.” In the the V8 takes the car to an entirely different With the Cayenne I sampled the V8, but drove a Touareg with the V6 in tune immediately beforehand. the V8 is quicker and more sonorous the V6, it doesn’t transform the Cayenne it does the Panamera.

Blame two factors. First, the 4,553-pound 2011 Cayenne S is, 400 pounds lighter than the and 740 pounds lighter than the BMW X5 xDrive50i, it remains ten percent than the Panamera. About 70 went with the no-longer-offered transfer case—Porsche figured out few owners ventured far off the tarmac. while the V8 is paired with a dual-clutch automated manual in the big it’s hooked up to a conventional automatic in the SUV.

Though the box is perhaps the best of its kind, quick, nearly imperceptible the PDK shifts even more and provides a manual-like direct, connection. Bottom line: in the the turbo is needed to kick the out at will and quicken one’s The reduced curb weight and transmission ratios do significantly fuel economy, bumping the EPA ratings from a dismal to a respectable 16/22.

The Cayenne is too large (though not too to feel as chuckable as compact like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 (the Cajun will target but too small to have the road of a Cadillac Escalade or Infiniti The boxes not checked affect its and handling. Options include brakes ($8,150), adaptive ($1,990), air springs (another active stabilizer bars torque vectoring ($1,490), and ultra-high-performance tires ($1,560-$4,875). The Cayenne S had none of these. So it shouldn’t have come as a that it didn’t steer or dramatically better than the

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Yes, the steering was quicker and communicative, there was less in hard turns, and body were more tightly but the difference was a matter of degree, not of As in the VW, you don’t forget you’re a tall, heavy vehicle. And so like the difference between the and its competitors.

By the same token, though, the suspension Cayenne S only a little more firmly the Touareg, so it’s more livable than the hatchback.

not getting an entirely bespoke with the Cayenne, and its price reflect this. Outfit a Cayenne S with Convenience (nav, xenons, Bose heated seats, auto-dimming obstacle detection, and full-leather and it lists for $71,780. A similarly-equipped S lists for nearly $95,000.

But relatively inexpensive Porsches are far cheap. A BMW xDrive50i with the bits lists for $65,125, and for remaining feature differences TrueDelta’s car price comparison adds another grand to the truckier BMW’s price for a total over $7,500.

In the the tested 2011 Porsche S doesn’t quite pass my From most angles too easily mistaken for an Audi or a VW. It handles better than SUVs, but not dramatically so.

The turbocharged V8 and chassis options well make a big difference. But if one or of these are needed to render the worthy of the Porsche crest, why offer the SUV without them?

Vollink of Suburban Porsche in Hills, MI, provided the car. He can be at 248-741-7980.

Michael Karesh TrueDelta. an online source of pricing and reliability data

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