The Porsche Cayenne is a mid-size luxury SUV made by Porsche since 2002. The Cayenne has evolved into two generations and has been a commercial success for Porsche which has never produced SUV’s prior to the debut of the Cayenne. The Porsche Cayenne shares its underpinnings with the Audi Q7 and VW Touareg. The vehicle is noted for its style, powerful engines, luxury and handling. The second generation Cayenne was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor show and went on sale during the same year. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne carries on the legacy and adds two new models to its lineup: the Cayenne S Diesel and the Cayenne Turbo S.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne packs a bigger punch than the preceding models. Two new models – Cayenne Diesel S and Cayenne Turbo S – have been introduced for the 2013 lineup. The trims for the 2013 lineup are: the base model Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne Diesel S, the Cayenne S Hybrid, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S and the Cayenne GTS. An 8 speed automatic transmission – with auto start stop function and gearshift control on the steering control – and all wheel drive are standard across the whole lineup. All the Cayenne models feature improved and efficient gasoline direct injection.
The Cayenne is the base model in the lineup and is equipped with a 300 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 400 Nm of torque at wheels. The 2013 Cayenne S boasts a bigger and powerful 4.0 liter V8 that produces 400 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque; it can hit 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The Cayenne S Hybrid is the currently only Porsche available with a Hybrid drive-train. It features a 3.6 Liter V6 and a 34 kW electric motor that produces a combined output of 380 horsepower and 580Nm of torque in combined mode. The V6 engine the Hybrid S is a supercharged engine that allows it to produce more horsepower. The Cayenne S Hybrid is also quicker and does 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds.
The Cayenne Diesel is the fuel efficient model in the lineup and is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that is capable of producing 240 horsepower and 550Nm of torque at wheels. The upgrade model, Cayenne S Diesel, has a 4.2 Liter V8 under the hood and generates 380 horsepower and a whopping 850Nm of torque at wheels.0-60mph is achieved in just 5.4 seconds. This model is currently available in limited countries. The Cayenne GTS is touted as an upgraded version of the Cayenne S featuring a 4.8 liter V8 under the hood. This engine produces around 420 horsepower and delivers 515Nm of torque at wheels. The turbocharged Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S are one of the fastest SUV in the word with a 0-60mph acceleration achieved well under 4.7 second and 4.5 seconds respectively. Both feature the twin turbocharged 4.8 liter V8 – sourced from Porsche Panamera – and deliver 500 Nm of torque for the Turbo model and 550Nm for the Turbo S model.
Driving and Handling
All Porsche Cayenne models feature a rear biased driving, with 60 percent of the power delivered to the rear wheels. Handling is crisp and pleasurable. The all-wheel-drive layout with center locking differential and limited slip differential is standard across the whole line up. Delivery of power to all wheels and traction is managed by the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. There are several handling enhancement equipments found on the Cayenne that are standard on few models while optional on the others. These include the speed sensitive power steering system on the Hybrid S, an adjustable active suspension system PASM on the Cayenne GTS, Porsche Dynamic Control System to cancel for anti roll and Porsche Torque Vectoring differential. Braking can be also be upgraded to all around ceramic brakes for better response and heat dissipation.
The 2013 Cayenne is lighter than its predecessor. Extra Weight has been shed to improve handling, response and efficiency without compromising any structural rigidity or losing the off road capabilities. The Cayenne Diesel and the S Diesel boasts the best economy figures in the lineup. The Cayenne Diesel does 28 mpg on the highway while the S Diesel achieves 34 mpg. The base Cayenne and the Cayenne S both deliver a fuel economy of 22 mpg on the highway. the S Hybrid underperforms in fuel economy when compared to the Diesel models – delivers only 24 mpg on the highway – but it has a quick acceleration and faster 0-60mph than its Diesel brethrens . The GTS trim achieves 21 mpg, while the Turbo and the Turbo S both achieve 22 mpg.