2011 Porsche Cayenne – Kelley Blue Book

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Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

The first Cayenne felt like a Porsche SUV; this one feels more like a Porsche. The all-new, second-generation Cayenne is lighter, more powerful and delivers even more Porsche-like precision, especially when outfitted with all its high-tech handling technologies. It’s also roomier and more fuel efficient, still overly capable off-road, and now the lineup includes a hybrid model.

There’s still no third-row option – see the BMW X5 lineup if you need one #8211; and its attractive $47,000 base price can be deceptive if you want extras like an auto transmission and a decent sound system.

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne isn’t the smoothest highway cruiser in the segment, and it’s pretty pricey.

The all-new 2011 Porsche Cayenne larger and roomier, but 400 pounds lighter. It’s more powerful, but more fuel-efficient. The lineup now includes a hybrid model, and offers a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that actually raises its Porsche-ness to a new level.

was the performance SUV benchmark; at the end of the day, we talked about it pushing in corners and looking bloated. With 400 fewer pounds to lug around and an available new torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo just feels more Porsche-like in translating driver input into action. Fortunately for those trying to keep the final tally south of six figures, the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Cayenne S benefit from the same the improvements.

We were also impressed by the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid on the track, but were more interested in testing its around-town performance, during which it demonstrated the little brake and throttle quirks still present in most hybrids. The 2011 Porsche Cayenne is also quieter and more comfortable than its predecessor, but it’s still not the softest-riding car in its class.

Favorite Features

Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus

In short, PTV Plus sends more torque to the outside rear wheel when cornering, helping the vehicle track truer to steering input.

Especially when combined with PASM and PDCC suspension and chassis control, PTV Plus can make the 2011 Porsche Cayenne feel like a lightweight, low-slung sports car.

Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)

Under the Hood

In addition to more powerful, more fuel-efficient engines, 2011 Porsche Cayenne powertrain highlights include a new eight-speed automatic transmission, new torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system and an Auto Start Stop function that mimics hybrid-car behavior, shutting off the engine at full stops and quickly restarting it when the brake pedal is released. The available air suspension automatically lowers the Cayenne at 86 mph #8211; and lowers it some more at 130 mph #8211; and can also raise the vehicle a couple inches to provide more than 10 inches of ground clearance.

Other physics-defying features familiar from the outgoing Cayenne include electronic dampers with Comfort, Normal and Sport modes (PASM), plus active anti-roll bars that reduce corner lean and improve off-road traction (PDCC). The Cayenne’s new all-wheel drive system is lighter and less complex than the previous system, but can now distribute 100 percent of the available torque to the front or back.

The reduction gearbox is gone, but first gear is lower and the system can still be locked for more extreme off-road conditions. The multi-tasking 2011 Porsche Cayenne also offers impressive max towing capacity of 7,716 pounds.

300 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm

295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (manual), 16/23 (auto)

4.8-liter V8

Porsche Cayenne

400 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

369 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22

3.0-liter, supercharged V6-based hybrid

380 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

427 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/24

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