Portrait of a Supercar: 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

When Porsche unveiled the original Cayenne models in 2003, many scoffed at the company for even entering the SUV field. Lacking what industry aficionados call “Porscheness,” the company is ready for round two with the arrival of four new North American models in 2011.

My predecessors were innovators in Porsche’s grand scheme. It took eight years to craft perfection and I’ve finally arrived. Whether you get the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo or Cayenne S Hybrid, you’ll be driving a powerful, muscular looking vehicle with all the perks of luxury sport cruising you can handle. For purposes of this read, we’ll throw the Turbo specs at you since I’m the finest, most expensive piece of tail on the lot.

Putting the word “turbo” with Porsche just works. With a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that prowls with 500 horsepower, chugging from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds is out of this world fast for an SUV.

How is this possible? I hate to admit it, but the previous Cayenne models were a bit chubby. So the engineers shed about 400 pounds from the body structure and wheels. They added more aluminum and the all-wheel drive system called Porsche Traction Management, which is electronically controlled, helps too.

As for the specificity of my elusiveness on the road, in the turbo engine, incoming air is passed through a filter and compressed by the turbine units. Its temperature is reduced in the twin intercooler system, which improves cylinder charging and limits thermal loads on the engine.

Of course, there are exceptional sound systems offered from the Burmester high-end piece that offers versatility and class to the Bose Surround Sound that is custom-engineered for acoustics with the new Cayenne interior.
Just in case you needed help parking, my management system has a front/rear display to alert you, the driver, of any obstacles. A visual warning pops up on the center console.

There’s a need to feel comfortable in that driver’s seat. With a slew of options for the driver, your settings for both the seat and exterior mirror positions can be saved and restored automatically. The days of readjusting to your liking after someone sits in your seat are over. Maybe you think it’s not so difficult to put the seat back, but with me there is an eight-way electric adjustment panel for fore/aft, height, seat cushion angle and seat cushion/backseat angle.

You’re already going to be spending a pretty penny to buy me, so we figured offering convenient and eco-friendly drive systems might help save a buck every now and then. With state-of-the-art technology for efficiency’s sake, there is low fuel consumption. The gasoline engine models already operate on fuels with an ethanol content of up to 10 percent. Porsche, as a company, stresses the importance of working to make its vehicles compatible with alternative fuels.

Supercar? Indeed yes, and then some.

MSRP: $104,800
500 horesepower
Twin-turbo V8 engine
6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds / top speed = 172 mph MPG: 22 highway
Maximum torque: 516-lb. per ft.

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