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2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel Review

Friday February 8th, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Hypes: Torquemeister, Impeccable Interior Appointments
Gripes: Slight Vibration at Idle

When the term SUV was coined back in the late 80s to describe the Ford Explorer and its imitators, the word “sports” in the descriptor ‘sports utility vehicle’ referred to the amount of sports gear your utility vehicle could transport. It certainly didn’t mean that your SUV was sporting to drive.

But all that changed when BMW debuted the X5, followed by Porsche’s introduction of the Cayenne. These SUVs put a premium on driving enjoyment rather than pack mule capacity. Porsche has been refining the Cayenne for almost a decade now, and the latest diesel-powered offering is a testament to just how much they’ve improved the breed.

This is a heavy duty truck, with a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. It’s also capable of traversing just about any wilderness trail, thanks to full time all wheel drive, air-adjustable ride height, and locking front and center differentials. Yet on paved roads, the Cayenne diesel behaves much like any Porsche sports car, with an agility and responsiveness that belie its curb weight of 4,700 pounds.

Under the hood lies a 3.0 liter, turbocharged, V-6 diesel that makes just 240hp. While that horsepower rating seems low compared to available gasoline fueled Cayennes — which range from 300hp (3.6 liter V-6) to 500hp (4.8 liter twin turbo V-8) — the diesel’s immediate torque output of 406 lb.-ft. elevates it above the rest of the model line for sheer grunt. When you swing wide to pass slower traffic, the diesel’s torque produces an instant surge that is unmatched by any other Cayenne. It’s exactly the kind of thrust you’re going to need when towing a travel trailer over the Sierras.

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2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid First Impressions Review

Monday April 25th, 2011 at 3:44 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

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By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Be the first on your block
  • Incredible torque
  • Lavish interior

Misses:

  • Some drivetrain tremors
  • Pricey

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2011 Porsche Cayenne S Tiptronic Review – The Ultimate Familying Machine?

Monday February 28th, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Porsche Cayenne S
By Danny Chang and Derek Mau

Pros

  • Awesome handling
  • Great power when you floor it
  • Futuristic interior
  • Sleek and sporty exterior

Cons

  • Exterior styling is a bit bland and lacks distinction
  • Smallish trunk
  • Hard to drive with your wife and baby in the back and your wife complaining you’re going too fast

I’ve test driven quite a few SUVs for CarReview.com over the past few years, including two high performance premium luxury models – the BMW X6 M and the Land Rover Ranger Rover Sport Supercharged. So, needless to say, when offered the chance to take the new 2011 Porsche Cayenne S out for a spin, I was super excited. I mean, who wouldn’t be when you get to drive the ultimate sport utility vehicle? The question on my mind was not whether this Cayenne S was going to be a true “sport” utility vehicle, but whether it would make a good family vehicle. Or, in Porsche marketing parlance, the Ultimate Familying Machine.

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First Impressions: 2010 BMW X6 M

Tuesday January 26th, 2010 at 11:11 AM
Posted by: twain

2010 BMW X6 M
By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Ferocious power
  • Dynamic BMW handling
  • Merino leather seats cradle the passengers in luxurious comfort
  • Appeals to a niche market

Cons:

  • Barely acceptable rear cargo space
  • Limited view looking back through hatchback window
  • Head-up display is marginally useful

BMW calls the X6 a “sports activity vehicle”, distancing itself from the dowdy “sUv” as in “utility” moniker. And this particular X6 has the vaunted “M” classification, which means “motorsport” for BMW’s racing program. But what it should stand for is “Monster”. As this X6 M is a beast, reportedly faster around the legendary Nürburgring racetrack than BMW’s own smaller and lighter M3 and even quicker in the 0-60 sprint. In fact, according to Car and Driver, the X6 M pulls 0.92 g’s in the skid pad and hits 60 in just 4.3 seconds. Truly monstrous!

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2008 Porsche Cayenne Review – Medium bodied, well balanced, and silky on the palate

Friday March 20th, 2009 at 3:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Porsche Cayenne
Photographs and review by Derek Mau

Pros

  • A brawny V8 provides über amounts of torque
  • Traction that’s better than super-glue
  • Big brakes take away speed faster than your can Labrador woof down a bowl of mac-cheese
  • A lot tougher than it looks
  • Porsche Active Suspension Mechanism (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC), combined, work harder than James Brown at the Apollo.

Cons

  • The Bose audio system is so weak that the engine and exhaust note sounds better when singing at high revs
  • Drinks more gas than Ludwig at Octoberfest

Verdict: The Cayenne is the anti-thesis to Miles Crane when it comes to power, refinement, and the ability to get dirty with the other off-roaders in the neighborhood.

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Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S Details Emerge

Thursday March 5th, 2009 at 9:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

So, the long rumored hybrid version of Porsche’s Cayenne SUV is becoming more and more of a reality.

The German automaker says the Cayenne Hybrid S will offer V8 power with four-cylinder efficiency, and according to the numbers, they’re probably right. The Cayenne Hybrid S will use 3.0L V6, provided by corporate sibling Audi. The Audi mill cranks out 333 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque, not bad in and of itself, but when you add in the electric motor part of the hybrid drive train, you get another 52 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to get the Cayenne Hybrid S from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.

In spite of all this high-performance, the Cayenne Hybrid S will put out 20 percent less CO2 emissions than its gasoline version, which is good enough to qualify it as an ULEV II. There’s no official fuel economy figures just yet for the Cayenne Hybrid S, but early reports suggest the SUV could hit 32 mpg on the highway, which is 10 mpg better than the V6-powered Cayenne.

Porsche also pointed out that the Cayenne Hybrid S will be capable of traveling up to 1.2 miles on electric power alone, and that using electric power alone, will make it all the way up to 86 mph.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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Porsche Begins Production Of Cayenne Diesel

Wednesday December 31st, 2008 at 10:1212 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Porsche Cayenne diesel productionMuch rumored, and much hoped for by lots of greenies as well as people with a green bent that also like to show off, Porsche has started up production of its Cayenne diesel. And this comes after two years denying it would ever build a diesel because they are “incompatible with Porsche’s image.” Ironic, no?

The new production line is happening at Porsche’s state of the art Leipzig factory. The oil burner is the same 240 hp 3.0L V6 TDI mill used by Audi in the Q7, and Volkswagen in their Touareg. Both are headed for the US market. The Cayenne? Well, Porsche ain’t saying just as of yet, but you’d have to think they would want to bring it here. Especially if the CAFE standards get raised, since the same power unit was used by Audi in their Audi Mileage Marathon, and they got an average of almost 29 mpg over nearly 3,000 miles from New York to Denver. Not bad for a big truck.

Anyway, at the moment, Porsche is only offering the Cayenne diesel in Europe where it will be priced from €47,250, which is around 70,000 dollars US, which is to say, not cheap.

Like Porsche Cayenne buyers every worried about such trivialities.

Source: AutoBlogGreen

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New Generation of Porsche 911 Series Deliver More Power Using Less Fuel

Monday September 29th, 2008 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

Paris Motor Show news from Porsche. All of the major auto manufacturers are working hard to squeeze better fuel economy out of their line-up. Porsche may be a luxury brand, but their customers are also conscious of the steep gas prices and our dependency upon foreign oil. Now you can have your cake and use less fuel according to Porsche. I’ll have to dig further and find out how much of an improvement the new generation of engines, all with DFI, have moved up in fuel economy. The official press release (with photos) is below the jump, but doesn’t mention any numbers with regards to how much the reworked engines have improved.

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