The Cayenne is equally comfortable loping around the suburbs and chasing miles on a German autobahn. The Cayenne Coupe and SUV are tremendously flexible vehicles with a combination of impressive power, sharp steering, and composed ride. We rate the Cayenne an 8 out of 10 for performance, one of the highest rankings we award for a crossover in this area.
Yes, it’s standard across the line. Models with the available air suspension system get as much as 9.6 inches of ground clearance, enabling the Cayenne to climb mountains and ford up to 20 inches of water.
How fast is the Porsche Cayenne?
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The base powertrain is no slouch, achieving a 0-60 mph sprint at about five and a half seconds with a 335-hp turbo V-6. Move up to the Cayenne S and its 434-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 to shave at least half a second from that time.
E-Hybrid models boost the base V-6 with an electric motor to yield a total of 455 hp and a 0-60 mph run in the 4.7-second range, plus astoundingly snappy acceleration from a standstill and slick transitions between electric and gas power.
The Cayenne GTS swaps in a twin-turbo V-8 rated at 480 hp, capable of hitting 0-60 mph in just over four seconds. That same engine comes tuned for 550 hp in the Cayenne Turbo and a monster 631 hp in the Cayenne Turbo GT.
The Turbo S E-Hybrid tops the lineup with an electric motor paired with the brawniest version of the V-8, good for a combined 670 hp. Expect 0-60 mph runs in just 3.6 seconds before hitting the limit at 183 mph.
Every Cayenne serves up remarkable moves considering their heft can reach 5,100 pounds. Upgrades such as active anti-roll bars, rear-axle steering, a torque-vectoring rear differential, an air suspension system, and carbon-ceramic brakes can up the ante.
Even the base models corners with minor lean; the optional active anti-roll bars tighten down for cornering that’s almost comically flat, and the rear-axle steering system helps this big SUV thread a winding road.
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