2015 Porsche Cayenne

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2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Side Profile In Motion
San Diego, California – Just to get on the same page, we’ve all gotten over the fact that Porsche makes a sport-utility vehicle, right? Since its introduction for 2003, the Porsche Cayenne has been a commercial success in the U.S., and the 16,205 examples of the Cayenne sold in America during 2014 helped deliver the cash flow to support the sale of 10,433 Porsche 911s in America during the same time period.
No Porsche Cayenne, no Porsche 911. Do the math.
Of course, the thing that really matters here is that the Cayenne drives like a Porsche, not like your neighbor’s sedan-based crossover and not like your other neighbor’s truck-based utility vehicle. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne is a sport-utility for grownups, an all-purpose, all-wheel-drive vehicle that does everything and feels like a Porsche while it’s doing it. Personally, we’re very OK with this.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Front Three Quarter

Why isn’t the engine running?

Right now we’re hurtling down a steep and winding grade somewhere in the barren hills above San Diego, and we’re a little freaked out that the engine of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is utterly silent. Actually, it’s not just silent; it’s not even running, as in zero rpm. It’s like we’re on some kind of Disneyland roller coaster ride, so we’re hoping that the Porsche imagineers back in Stuttgart know what they’re doing.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Engine
All this is perfectly normal, of course, because the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is just in what Porsche calls “sailing” mode, coasting with the engine shut down to save fuel. It’s formally known as “Porsche variable deceleration fuel cut-off,” a technology introduced in the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and since featured in other Porsche models. It’s a logical strategy for the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, since fuel economy is crucial for the future of the SUV, no matter what you might think about the declining price of a gallon of gas.
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a combination of daily town car and weekend getaway car just like any other SUV, which is why Americans buy more utility-style vehicles than sedans. As a plug-in hybrid, the Cayenne delivers the assets of EV performance where and when you want them, so you don’t feel tethered to an EV charger. You motor electrically in your neighborhood or in downtown, and simply let the V-6 engine do the driving in between. And when you’re on the way to the lake on the weekend, EV power can also give the Cayenne a quick boost of acceleration when you want to pass that propane truck on an uphill grade.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Cockpit

Packing the electronics as well as the biking gear

As with the former Cayenne S Hybrid, the 2015 E-Hybrid carries its battery underneath the floor of the cargo area, only now this lithium-ion unit packs a charge of 10.8 kilowatt-hours instead of just 1.7 kWh from the old nickel-metal-hydride battery. It takes about 11 hours to recharge the battery from your 110-volt household outlet and about 2.7 hours from a 240-volt 16-amp outlet. If you replace the standard 3.6-kW on-board charger with the optional 7.2-kW unit, your charging time drops by half. Most important (well, for an SUV, anyway), the cargo capacity behind the second seat measures out to 20.5 cubic feet, about 3 cubic feet less than a non-hybrid.
Compared to your neighbor’s Prius PHEV, the Cayenne is of the big motor persuasion, with an electric motor rated at 95 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque to supplement the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Porsche tells us that all this power coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission will get this 5,181-pound all-wheel-drive Cayenne to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 151 mph.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Front Three Quarters

Driving in a material world

Just as you’d expect with a Porsche, it takes some learning to get the most from driving the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid. (That’s what makes it fun to drive any Porsche, right?)
When you want to drive with strictly in EV power, you punch the button on the center console that triggers “E-Power.” The Cayenne E-Hybrid can go as far as 22 miles and as fast as 78 mph on EV power alone. This is the mode you would use in your neighborhood or in a downtown area that might tax engine-powered vehicles.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Plug In
When you want to charge the battery without engaging EV power, you tap the button that triggers “E-Charge,” which will engage the engine and recharge 80 percent of the battery’s capacity in about 20 minutes, although at the price of reduced fuel economy. This is what you’d do while driving between home and downtown.
The Cayenne E-Hybrid even has some tricks when you drive around in default mode. When you step deep into the drive-by-wire throttle pedal for maximum acceleration, you can feel a detent in the pedal travel that engages EV power for an added burst of acceleration.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Center Stack

Back to the future

There’s an awful lot of science in the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and it shows not only in the eco-friendly green with which the brake calipers have been finished but also in the extra 584 pounds this package represents over a Cayenne S. (Apparently some of the science is heavy.) Even so, the E-Hybrid looks like a Porsche (a newly reshaped form has matured at last), drives like a Porsche (three-mode PASM active suspension is standard), and, well, is priced like a Porsche (don’t let the list of options gobble up your wallet).
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid Rear Three Quarters
We even got to like the way that 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid sails along occasionally with the engine at rest. There’s not much battery regenerative deceleration in the default mode, yet the drivetrain doesn’t feel disconnected and the action of the regenerative brakes is very linear. The supercharged V-6 is quiet, although you can hear and feel the transmission finding the right gear as the speed drops and the powertrain prepares itself in case you want to accelerate again. And sometimes when you’re at rest, the E-Hybrid will even make one of those electronic noises that computers do when they’re thinking.
On the whole, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is indeed an SUV that thinks, and it also thinks more than most sedans. Who would have thought that we would ever say such a thing about any sport-utility?

2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Specifications

On sale: Now
Price: $77,395/$101,980 (base/as tested)
Engine: 3.0L supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6/333 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 325 lb-ft @ 3,000-5,250 rpm; AC electric motor/95 hp, 229 lb-ft; combined power rating, 416 hp, 435 lb-ft; 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sport-utility
EPA Mileage: 22 mpg combined; 47 mpge combined
L x W x H: 191.1 x 78.7 x 67.4 in
Wheelbase: 114.0 in
Weight: 5,181 lb
Top speed: 151 mph
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Front Three Quarter View In Motion 4
Barcelona, Spain -- With the differentials locked and the suspension raised to its highest position, we crank the steering wheel to the left lock stop and accelerate toward the steep incline that's hidden around the corner. “Just look where you want to go, and stay on the gas,” driving instructor Violetta Weykopf insists from the passenger seat. The 19-inch all-season tires dig into the sandy hill, the windshield fills with sky, and sure enough we scramble our way to the top. Then Weykopf directs us to use the car's hill-descent control to scrabble down a rocky slope at a carefully judged 8 km/h (5 mph), before she sends us blasting around a twisting dirt course, and finally splashing through 16 inches of muddy water.
We accomplish this stretch of the Les Comes off-road park not in a Land Rover, a Jeep, or a toughened Toyota pickup, but in a 2015 Porsche Cayenne, ensconced in 18-way power leather seats and with the cabin air-conditioned to 68 degrees. Porsche knows very few owners actually subject their Cayennes to this sort of treatment, but it's a very impressive feat for a luxurious SUV that can also hit 173 mph on pavement.

A subtle new look

All the dust and mud caked on our 2015 Porsche Cayenne from that exercise obscures the changes applied to the car for the new model year. The nip-tuck is meant to make the Cayenne look wider and more powerful, but it's a pretty subtle revision. Note that lines and strakes on the hood angle outward, the center grille opening is smaller, and new “airblades” at the outer air inlets help channel cooling air to the intercoolers. The spoiler is now flush with the roofline, the taillights are restyled and have a four-dot light pattern that mimics the four-point LED running lights out front, the crease above the license-plate recess is sharper, and the exhaust tips are reshaped on all models.
Bi-xenon headlights, stainless-steel doorsill plates, and a power liftgate are now standard, and a new three-spoke steering wheel loosely resembles the one from the 918 Spyder hypercar. A new button in the cargo area on models with air suspension controls a kneeling function that drops the car's liftover height by 2 inches to 27.2 inches. The rear seats gain an optional cooling function and have been softened for improved comfort.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Front Three Quarter View In Motion 3

Bye-bye, V-8

Another big change concerns the engine under the hood of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S. A twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 replaces a 4.8-liter V-8, improving both power -- by 20 hp and 37 lb-ft -- and fuel economy. It will hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and crack 160 mph on the autobahn.
On the winding two-lane roads from Barcelona to Les Comes, the V-6 proves to be plenty of engine for the Cayenne. It might not be as sonorous as the eight-cylinder, but the new engine pulls with a smoothness and enthusiasm that belies the fact it is bolstered by two turbochargers. Use the paddles to keep the car in second gear through a tight corner, stand on the accelerator and power into third gear down the brief straight, then mash the brakes and tug the left paddle again to ready for the next sharp bend. We make pretty swift progress, even considering our prudently slow speeds through the turns where the Cayenne takes up 60 percent the width of this rural road.
The standard eight-speed automatic transmission does a commendable job of shifting smoothly around town and responding to clicks of the large paddle shifters when we're hustling. Although we wish the Cayenne had the snappy PDK dual-clutch offered in other Porsches, including the Panamera and the Macan, a Porsche engineer suggests over dinner that a torque-converter automatic is better suited to the towing and off-roading duties often required of the Cayenne.

How about more power?

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo's V-8 carries over but small changes yield that additional 20 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque. Not that such a small bump in power is noticeable atop the boosted V-8's already prolific levels of thrust. This much acceleration is a waste on Spain's freeways, where a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit barely lets us scratch the surface of the Cayenne Turbo's 173-mph capability. We lock the suspension in Sport Plus to set the air springs and active antiroll bars as firm as possible, and the setting keeps this big SUV level as a sports car no matter how hard we brake for and whip around the switchbacks that lead between tiny Spanish villages.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Rear Three Quarter View In Motion 2
The Cayenne Turbo is heroically, stupidly, unbelievably fast. Unnecessarily fast? Just as when we drove a Porsche Panamera Turbo, we can't help but think the twin-turbo V-8 engine is overkill outside the autobahn network. The standard Cayenne S has so much low-end torque that it feels just as quick as the Turbo in real-world driving, and we'd be happier with the V-6's lower price and fuel consumption, too.

The eco options

Although we suspect it is rarely a key purchase factor for a vehicle like this, you can choose from two fuel-efficient alternatives of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne. The first is the $62,695 Cayenne Diesel, which carries over its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, rated 240 hp and 406 lb-ft. EPA fuel economy has not been confirmed for any 2015 Porsche Cayenne, but last year the diesel model was rated 20/29/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).
New to the lineup is the S E-Hybrid plug-in. Just as in the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 works with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The engine and motor combine for a total of 416 hp and 435 lb-ft, while fully charging the 10.8-kWh battery gives an estimated all-electric driving range of 11 to 22 miles at speeds up to 78 mph. The S E-Hybrid debuts publicly at the Paris auto show in early October and goes on sale in the U.S. in early 2015 for $77,395.

Same as before -- and that's a good thing

This midcycle update does not radically transform the Porsche Cayenne, but the changes are welcome nonetheless. The new V-6 engine in the Cayenne S increases fuel economy without affecting performance, and adding more standard equipment to the mix helps the pricey SUV seem like it’s a slightly better value for money. Just as with last year's model, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne excels because it impresses in many ways. It's luxurious, it drives better than anyone expects of an SUV, and we found it can even bound across a rocky off-road course. No wonder the Cayenne prints money for Porsche, remaining the company's top-selling model month after month.

2015 Porsche Cayenne S, Turbo

On sale: November 2014
Base price: $75,095/$114,595 (S/Turbo)
Engines: 3.6-liter twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve twin-turbo V-6/420 hp @ 6000 rpm, 406 lb-ft @ 1350-4000 rpm; 4.8-liter twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve twin-turbo V-8/520 hp @ 6000 rpm, 553 lb-ft at 2250-4000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, all-wheel-drive SUV
Fuel mileage: TBD
Suspension, f/r: Control arms, coil springs/multilink, coil springs (Cayenne S); control arms, air springs/multilink, air springs (Cayenne Turbo, opt. on S)
Brakes: Vented discs
Tires: 265/50 R19
L x W x H: 191.1 x 78.7 x 67.0-67.4 in
Wheelbase: 114.0 in
Cargo Capacity (seats up/down): 23.7/60.2-62.9 cu-ft (Turbo, S)
Weight: 4597/4817 lb (S/Turbo)
0-60 mph: 5.2/4.2 sec (S/Turbo)
Top speed: 160/173 mph (S/Turbo)
2015 Porsche Cayenne Gts Front Three Quarters
Though the refreshed 2015 Porsche Cayenne already launched earlier this year in four different forms, comprising S E-Hybrid, Diesel, Turbo, and S models, Porsche has now added two more variants to the revised lineup: the performance-oriented GTS and the base V-6 model.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Front Three Quarter View In Motion 1
Luxury automakers have been banking big on China over the last few years, and Porsche is no exception. The Cayenne has been selling left and right in the Asian country, putting it in a position to possibly overtake the U.S. as the German automaker's biggest market.
2015 Porsche Cayenne S Palladium Metallic Rear Three Quarters
The folks at Porsche Exclusive have unveiled their latest creation, dubbed the Porsche Cayenne S Palladium Metallic, which sports a number of exclusive tweaks that make it more luxurious and appear sportier. The special SUV also grants us a first look at the 2015 Porsche Cayenne’s refreshed interior.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Specifications

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3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
240 hp @ 3500rpm
406 ft lb of torque @ 1750rpm
  • 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
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2015 Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S vehicles manufactured November 26, 2014, to November 27, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, the suspension alignment on the front and rear axles may not have been performed correctly and the screw connections of the camber, toe and caster may not have been tightened with the specified torque.
If the suspension alignment was incorrectly performed, vehicle handling could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will perform a front and rear suspension alignment, and check the screw connections for the proper torque, retightening as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification date. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AF04.
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