It’s almost amazing how fun driving the Cayenne outside the city is. This car has a lot to prove and probably the only place where it can be really put up to test is either a circuit or the Autobahn in those areas without speed limits.
The 4.8-liter V8 engine that unleashes 400 horsepower is more than potent and just keep in mind that more powerful options are also available in the new Cayenne range. The Cayenne S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds but you won’t even notice this time when pushing the throttle pedal. The feeling you get when running at full power is worth every cent you must pay for the car and probably the first proof of this are the two handles mounted on the center console. Just like on the old Cayenne, the two allow the driver and the front passenger to hold onto their seats when the car unleashes its maximum output.
An overtaking maneuver shouldn’t take more than… let’s say… a few seconds, mostly because the only thing you have to is to steer left and steer right. The Sport mode is the icing on the cake and whenever you feel like driving (and we mean, real driving), just do it and we bet you’ll be surprised.
Although we’re not sure that mentioning fuel consumption is really important when talking about such a car, we have to do it. Porsche says that the Cayenne achieves 8.2 l/100km (28.6 mpg) in its artificial paradise, but real-life figures are a bit different. Numbers could easily go over 10-11 l/100km if you’re putting the Cayenne up to test, but seriously now, does it really matter given the fact that you’re driving a car whose maximum speed goes over 250 km/h (155 mph)?
The 8-speed Tiptronic transmission seems to be perfectly optimized for providing the optimum blend of fuel consumption, ride comfort and performance. No matter if you’re driving in Sport or Comfort, the throttle response is among the best in the class, which not only increases performance figures but also contributes to safety.
And because we’re talking about safety when leaving the city, the Cayenne comes with the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) - active all-wheel drive with electronic controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch that helps the car glue to the ground regardless of the driving conditions. And trust us, such a system really deserves the praises, mostly because it does a good job to hold the horses of the 4.8-liter powerplant.
It would be a waste of time to mention all the features the Cayenne S has to offer for those who are willing to leave on longer journeys, but the car is an excellent companion for this type of adventures. Not only that it has a very, very wide range of safety features, but it’s also capable of providing an impressive level of comfort to all passengers, keeping them entertained just like on a playground.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Every time I hear about cars made by Germans, I think about Volkswagen because I’m a huge Golf fan and however hard they’re trying, no other company could build a car better than the Golf. Now that Porsche has stepped under Volkswagen’s ownership, they deserve a look, but I don’t really think I’ll be impressed.
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