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Porsche Cayenne

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4.0 (Excellent)

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Generations

The first Porsche Cayenne ruffled a lot of feathers when it appeared in 2002. It seemed to indicate a loss of direction, a straying from the holy sports-car path upon which Porsche had reverentially followed. But the first sport utility by Porsche wasn't an apocalypse or Armageddon – it instead managed to put the "sport" in sport utility while also filling the coffers of the niche company, which allowed it to remain independent until the Volkswagen Group took control in 2012. For 2019, Porsche has introduced an all-new Cayenne, which promises to again push the limits of how much sport can be injected into a sport utility vehicle.

2011 - 2020 Porsche Cayenne

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Porsche Cayenne

Major changes included:

The all-wheel drive, five-passenger Cayenne is available in three trims: V6, S, and Turbo. The V6 is powered by a 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, the S is has a normally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 with 400-hp, while the Turbo is gets a 500-hp twin-turbocharged version of the same 4.8-liter V8. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with... Read more »

2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2003 - 2010 Porsche Cayenne

3/4 Front Glamour 2010 Porsche Cayenne

Major changes included:

Though controversial, the profitable Cayenne SUV subsidized Porsche's sports car programs. It was offered with a 3.6-liter V6, 4.8-liter V8, and a twin-turbocharged version of the V8. The base model was the only one available with a manual transmission, while the other three trims came with a six-speed automatic and Tiptronic shift controls.

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