SUV: 2014 Porsche Cayenne

Fast, luxurious SUV gains higher-performance top model; efficiency-minded diesel and hybrid offerings

The way the Cayenne handles defies both physics and common sense – how can a machine this big keep a Cayman in sight on the twisties? Some of the performance is down to big power, and for 2014 a top-of-the-range Turbo S model wears the crown with 550 hp and ridiculous acceleration (zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds). Then there’s that typical Porsche focus on engineering excellence, here providing the Cayenne’s with excellent handling. For those who just want a premium-feel ride with peerless curb appeal, the diesel and hybrid variants give all of the road presence with much better fuel economy.

Spec box
Type Four-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, all-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 3.6L V6 (300hp)
Optional engine(s) (hp) 3.0L V6 turbo (300 hp); 3.0L supercharged hybrid (380 hp); 4.8L V8 (400 hp); 4.8L V8 turbo (500 hp/550 hp)
Transmission(s) Eight-speed automatic
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 14.1/9.3 (V6)
Basic Warrant 48 months/80,000 km

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