2009 Porsche Cayenne

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2009 porsche cayenne Reviews and News

I've driven pretty much every flavor of Porsche Cayenne, and every time I get behind the wheel of one, I feel the urge do something heroic, like lap the N├╝rburgring or cross the Continental Divide or navigate the Mall of America parking lot on Black Friday. The Cayenne can do them all, really, and acquit itself well in the process too. It may never be a "real" Porsche in the eyes of the marque's most hardcore devotees, but there's just no denying that this big jellybean is a sensationally capable piece of machinery.
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Well, if this isn't a refugee from the "What-me-worry?" days of the bubble economy, I don't know what is. At $124,800, before options, it's an extra $26,100 over a Cayenne Turbo. Clearly, we're talking funny money here, but if you're wondering, you do get 550 hp rather than 500 and 553 lb-ft instead of 516. Tasked with moving 5192 pounds (before options), we're not talking about a significant - or even discernable - increase in performance; Porsche advertises a 3-mph increase in top speed (to 174 mph) and a 0.3-second-shorter 0-to-60-mph time (4.8 seconds) and a half-second-quicker sprint to 100 mph (10.9 seconds). All of which basically means that here, just as in the Cayenne Turbo, stomping on the gas pedal will have you going scary fast almost before your passenger can get out the words, "Hey, is that a cop car up there?" What's weird, though, is that around town, the Turbo S feels slow, a result of its ultralong throttle pedal travel and syrupy throttle response (this is an off-roader, after all), as well as the transmission's EPA-cheating trick of starting off in second gear. Hitting the sport button gives you first-gear starts and quickens the throttle response - it also lowers the air suspension (good) and firms up the dampers (not so good, particularly given the brittle ride quality of the high-fashion 21-inch wheels) - but you have to remember to do it every time you start the car. You might think that Porsche could give the Cayenne Turbo S the kind of beautifully weighted and tactile steering one finds in the 911 or the Boxster/Cayman, but no such luck, despite the special, speed-sensitive assist in this model. The cabin is decked out in fabulously finished two-tone leather upholstery, but while the ultrafirm sport seats may be just the thing for a high-speed lap of the Nurburgring, they're not terribly comfortable when you're just cruising around.
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I honestly can't fathom the need for a 550-hp truck. Were Cayenne owners clamoring desperately for something that could fend off a Saab 9-7x Aero? (On an unrelated note, has anyone seen a 9-7x Aero? Ever?)
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Hop inside the Turbo S, and at least you can see that you get a beautiful interior for all the cash you'll need to cough up to own one. Sumptuous leather lines the interior, and a clean, five-gauge dash display gives you all the information you need at a glance. Around town, throttle response, as Joe Lorio says, feels heavy and a little slow, but hammer it on the freeway, and acceleration is almost instantaneous.
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2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
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To the dismay of Porsche-philes around the world, Porsche just announced that it would stray ever further from its sports car roots. The Porsche executive board has just given the green light to the 2009 Porsche Cayenne TDI.

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Base AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
14 MPG City | 20 MPG Hwy
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2009 Porsche Cayenne Specifications

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3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
20 MPG
290 hp @ 6200rpm
273 ft lb of torque @ 3000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 120 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Best Pick

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