Road test: 2013 Porsche Cayenne (with a manual gearbox!) | Driving

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Porsche Cayenne

Luxury SUV’s standard transmission is like a breath of air


Here’s a little of automotive trivia you can whip out to friends: Did you know you could get an manual gearbox in a Porsche ? Well, you can. A six-speeder, no

It’s the standard transmission in the model, six-cylinder version of mid-sized SUV.

Of course, the of people who will get this transmission instead of the Cayenne ’s eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox is smaller than the number of that have been to space. However, the manual makes the Porsche a unique in its class. Neither the BMW X6 or Infiniti FX the ability to shift gears on own.

In fact, Porschephiles may ask why the “sports car” brand a manual gearbox in its SUV but not in some of its cars, like the Panamera or 911 and GT3.

That#8217;s a good question, but a immediate query is: Does the to depress a clutch pedal to cogs make the Cayenne V6 6M a (and more fun-to-drive) vehicle?

Many Porsche have finally gotten the fact the Cayenne even More than a decade its debut, it is the brand’s bestseller in markets (in Canada, almost units have been this year through to the end of about three times of the next-best-selling 911). That has led to a plethora of Cayenne models, the topline eight-cylinder Cayenne S (that can scoot from to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds) to the Cayenne to a hybrid version that can sip at a rate of only 8.4 L/100 km on the

But none of those Cayennes what my base, V6 tester with standard: a stick. to a free-revving 3.6-litre six-cylinder 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, your own gears gives the large vehicle a sense of purpose. As it takes 7.5 seconds to go rest to 100 km/h, the V6 Cayenne scare any Cayman drivers, but the is about a half-second quicker if you had opted for the $3,430 Tiptronic S

And there is absolutely nothing about the Cayenne manual’s Clutch take-up is buttery-smooth, and the selector moves from to slot with precision.

The snickety-snick action of the Cayenne’s only adds to its pseudo-luxury/sports ways. While there’s no its height, width and mass — and while lacking the gobs of some of its siblings are blessed — it’s easy to drive the V6 6M with serious intent on a road.

The Porsche’s suspension an excellent job keeping body and lateral movement in check. set, it’s easy to the Cayenne accurately through sweeping corners. The rear-biased system (that sends 60% of the power to the back axle normal driving conditions) here a lot, and the Porsche must also be acknowledged as a aid; for such a large it’s impressively precise and

For an SUV, the Cayenne — even in V6 6M form — does a good job as a luxury wagon. Last makeover introduced a new cabin inspired by the Panamera sedan, a wide, central console brings many controls arm’s reach of the driver. All the trim is real metal, and the is finely stitched.

Overall, the Cayenne’s interior worthy of every penny you pay for it.

of payments, like all Porsches, the Cayenne V6 6M isn’t immune to shock when it comes to add a few options. At $56,600, the Porsche well equipped, with gear like 18-inch eight-way power front with four-way lumbar and driver memory functions, and a sound system with a display. But in addition, my tester had worth of 20-inch wheels, paint, interior lighting upgraded Bose sound rear heated seats, and a package (bi-xenon headlamps/Porsche Light System, moonroof, dimming exterior and interior navigation and park assist), the total (including a $2,015 and pre-delivery inspection fee) to

Other nits to pick? On the side, the Cayenne definitely on the small end of the mid-sized SUV class. across in the 40/20/40 back is cozy. At least the latest increases rear cargo (now rated at 670 litres, midway between the BMW X6 and Infiniti And going against conventional the Cayenne 6M’s fuel are worse than the autobox, comes standard with a system.

The manual gets L/100 km city and 9.3 highway, the Tiptronic version scores and 8.6, respectively. In my week the Porsche, I saw an indicated 11.8 km.

For drivers who want to feel in control, it’s hard to against the 2013 Porsche V6’s six-speed manual It offers a level of engagement no rival does. And the fact the is only available on the base only makes it that more of a value.

Type of All-wheel-drive mid-sized SUV

Engine   turbocharged DOHC six-cylinder

300 hp @ 6,300 rpm, 295 lb.-ft. of @ 3,000 rpm

Transmission Six-speed

Brakes Four-wheel disc ABS

Tires P275/45R20

Price tested) $56,600/$72,790

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