2012 Porsche Cayenne
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- Fuel Economy:
15 MPG city / 22 MPG hwy
Gas V6, 3.6L/220
300 hp @ 6300 rpm
2012 Porsche Cayenne OverviewFirst introduced in 2003 to lukewarm applause, the Cayenne quickly silenced its critics by showing itself a serious performer. For 2011, the popular Porsche was redesigned inside and out, truly cementing it as the premier high performance SUV.
Four models are offered: Base, S, Turbo and S Hybrid. Base Cayennes feature a 3.6L V6 putting out 300 hp. The S uses a 4.8L that churns out 400 hp. The Turbo version utilizes the same 4.8L V8 allowing it to produce 500 hp. Porsche claims 0?60 mph from the Turbo in just 4.4 seconds, with a top end of 172 mph. Finally, a new gas-electric hybrid--Porsche's first--employs a 333-hp supercharged 3.0L V6 and a 47-hp battery-powered electric motor that combine to deliver 380 hp. The Cayenne Hybrid can run on one or both of its powerplants for an even blend of power and fuel efficiency.
Interiors exhibit a typically Porsche attention to detail; they look, feel and fall in line with what one would see in the Panamera sedan. All rear seats are split folding.
Cayennes are suspended by a double wishbone setup in the front and a multilink rear axle, with front and rear stabilizers. All Cayennes offer all-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the Base model, while a new 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic is standard on all others and available on the Base. Towing capacity maxes out at 5,952 pounds for the V6 and 7,716 pounds for all other models.
The Cayenne comes with a lengthy standard equipment list. The Base offers power everything, heated mirrors, leather seating, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support, steering wheel audio controls, rain-sensing wipers, privacy glass, a premium stereo system, a power liftgate, universal garage door opener and auxiliary power outlets.
S and Hybrid S models are equipped mostly the same, adding cruise control, a refrigerated glovebox and of course that V8 power. Turbo models include niceties such as aluminum interior trim and an Alcantara headliner, as well as Porsche Communications Management 3.0, which features a 6.5-inch color touchscreen display with integrated MP3, CD, DVD, and navigation. A 14-speaker Bose stereo is also standard in the Turbo.
Lots of optional equipment can be specified on the Cayenne, including special exterior paint, special 19-inch wheels, larger fuel tank, Lane Change Assist, the Walnut or Anthracite Birch Interior Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Dynamic Light System, front and rear Park Assist, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes and more.
Standard safety features across the range include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brake readiness, advanced airbags throughout the cabin, traction control and stability control.
2012 Porsche Cayenne Model Changes
After a major update in 2011, Porsche has left the Cayenne unchanged for 2012.
2012 Porsche Cayenne Value
The Porsche Cayenne represents the ultimate in SUV performance and capability. All are agile, quick, able handlers that rival many sports cars, but also offer the versatility of being able tow between 6,000 and 7,700 pounds. With four trim levels available-Base, S, Turbo and S Hybrid-there's a Cayenne to suit all enthusiasts in the range from mild to wild. With a base price of just $48,200 getting into a Cayenne rather than a BMW or Mercedes SUV is a real option.
2012 Porsche Cayenne Strengths
Several powerful engine options; luxurious interiors; excellent handling; high people carrying and cargo capacity
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