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Yes, different indeed, since it is one of the milestones for the company that got their fans used to two- or four-seaters with rear-wheel-drive and engine placed far behind. One of the most distinguishable and original car makers in the market came closer to the mainstream market, and that has to be a risk, first of all because the competition was well established there, and secondly, because real die-hard fans of the company might see this as a betrayal.

Porsche SUV shown from the front

The new 2013 Porsche Cayenne

So, an SUV from Porsche seemed like a brave idea. It came out in 2002 and it was met with approval, but time is the best judge. 10 years, and several different models, later time has presented its decision. Cayenne is a good car.
The first version was redesigned in 2011, and the changes were made on the exterior as well as on the interior. The engines were new with more power and yet better mileage, and the hybrid version boasted great acceleration and fuel consumption at the same time. For 2013 model, Porsche presented its first diesel version (3.0 l V6, 240 hp, 406 lb-ft of torque) for the US market and the fuel consumption should be between 20 and 28 mpg with the top speed of 135 mph and the range of 740 miles. Which is a lot better than the base petrol V6. Also new is the Cayenne GTS which is based on the Cayenne S but with 20 hp more and lower ride, top speed of 162 mph and 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. There is also an even more powerful version called Turbo S, but we’ll talk about it a bit later.

Black Porsche Cayenne from the front left side

Big aggressive Looking Porsche Cayenne in black

On the outside

Cayenne is instantly recognizable and the new version gets closer to other Porsche cars, especially at the front. Headlights resemble that of the 911 and they look just great paired up with the grilles offered for this car.

white Porsche SUV from the front left side

Porsche Cayenne in white

It is similar to the first version, but generally less exaggerated. Still, it looks harmonious from all sides and it is surprising how well the designers managed to incorporate the recognizable Porsche features in the SUV segment.

On the inside

The inside was significantly changed for the facelift. The materials are a lot better and the central part of the car seems very roomy with grab handles from the previous model and very large central console that ends high up at the dashboard.

Interior view of the Porsche Cayenne

Lovely interior of Porsche Cayenne shown in Tan color

There is even more room at the back seats, back seats became sliding. The display is touch screen and high up, which is a great idea we already discussed in several other articles. Generally, the interior is very luxurious and roomy, as well as surprisingly versatile for a crossover SUV. The materials are great, instruments lovely and easy to read, seats large, supportive and comfortable and there are numerous other options that would take up just too much room in this article. A great place to be in.

interior view of the central part of the controls in the Porsche Cayenne

Large central piece

Under the hood

This might easily be the best part. The base version has 3.6 l V6 with 300 hp. The diesel we talked about is also just great as well as the S version with 400 hp, the GTS with 420 hp, turbocharged GTS with 500, but what we like the most is the Turbo S 4.8 l V8 with 550 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds-just astonishing for such a large car. The transmissions range from a six speed manual to eight speed auto, and you can opt for left-right torque vectoring, a locking differential, adaptive and active suspension.
The hybrid is also outstanding. A 333 hp engine is paired up with two electric motors giving it a total of 380 hp. The sailing mode is a special treat that allows you to “sail” at speeds up to 97 mph without the engine, and this is a unique feature. The top speed is 150 mph and it does 0-60 in 6.1 seconds.
Cayenne was a brave move for Porsche but it did rather well. This new model is actually far better than the previous one and, with all its options, everyone will find something they like.

If you enyojed this post about the Cayenne make sure to check out the Review, Images and Specs of the Porsche Panamera another “classy beast” from Porsche lineup.

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