2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is one of the most advanced, luxurious and attractive SUVs in production today. With its massively powerful twin-turbocharged engine, the Cayenne turbo is not only capable of out-accelerating every SUV on the market today, but it also treats the passengers and driver to an unparalleled driving experience. You’ll find yourself wondering just how it was that Porsche managed to mount a 911 onto an SUV frame.

The twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V8 engine in the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo features direct injection technology that not only produces spectacular power, to the tune of 500 horsepower, but also returns surprisingly good fuel economy for what could be called both a supercar and an SUV. The eight-speed transmission is largely responsible for this feat, offering smooth shifting along with 15 miles per gallon fuel economy in the city and 22 on the highway.

The interior of the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is nothing short of exquisite. The leather bucket seats cradle and comfort both the driver and passengers, and are available in a variety of colors. The brushed aluminum trim perfectly sets off the controls of the Cayenne and is a natural choice for such a sporty SUV.

Perhaps the most disconcerting thing about the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the way it handles. While driving, every nerve and impulse in your body tells you that you are, in fact, driving a sports car. The Cayenne leaps from stoplights like a racehorse, and swallows up curvy mountain roads as though it were specifically built for such things. Meanwhile, your brain is telling you that this isn’t a sports car, but an SUV, and you’d better not throw it into that next curve quite so quickly as you did the last. In the end, your brain and your body end up having to meet in the middle somewhere, but you’ll never look at another SUV quite the same way again.

When you purchase your 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, it’ll be a good idea to shop around for the best deal for your car insurance, because, with a car like this, it’s not going to come cheap. Check some reliable sites, like InsuranceQuotes.org, to find the best rates and avoid overpaying on insurance for your new sports SUV.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

For the first time since the model debuted in 2003, Porsche has redesigned their Cayenne, and as well as the standard gasoline-powered 2011 version, this model year also offers a hybrid version: the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S.

For 2011, the Porsche Cayenne sports a streamlined design more in line with the other current line-up of Porsches, with particular attention to the design of the headlights. Even its Turbo version, while still featuring a bold front end and the largest air intakes across the line, looks less like a caricature of a sports car than the previous model. In addition, though the 2011 Cayenne seems smaller than the 2010 incarnation, it’s actually nearly two inches longer with a wheelbase that has grown by 1.6 inches, while still being 145 pounds lighter, thanks to the increased use of mileage-increasing aluminum.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Inside the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, you’ll find that surfaces which have seemed below par since this model’s inception have been upgraded. The interior “metal” trim is faux, but still looks good, and while the center-mounted grab handles that made the 2010 Cayenne so interesting have been retained, they’ve been mated to a high center console that rises to meet the dashboard.

The back seats have been re-designed to slide forward or backward almost six-and-a-half inches, which allows a choice between more space for passengers, and less for cargo, or more for cargo and less for passengers. The back seat still offers a 60-40 split, but now the backrests offer three recline settings.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Beneath the hood of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne your engine choices include a 3.6 liter, 300 horsepower V-6 in the base model, or a 4.8 liter, 400 horsepower V-8 in the S trim. The turbocharged Cayenne remains the same as last year’s model, at 500 hp, though Porsche says all version are about 20% more efficient than they were in 2010, due, in part, to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an automatic start/stop function. A manual transmission (six speeds) is only available in the base Cayenne.

Updates for the 2011 model year include a revision to the all-wheel-drive system (a standard feature) which eliminates the heavy reduction gearing of the 2010 Cayenne by adding a multiplate clutch, and while this vehicle is still off-road capable, it seems more on-road friendly than ever before. Other features include a locking differential and left-right torque vectoring on the rear axle, while there’s a three-mode (Comfort, Normal, Sports) adaptive suspension system available as an optional upgrade. The Turbo Cayenne comes standard with air springs, but these are optional on the S and base trims.

We’re not entirely sure that it makes sense to buy a hybrid Porsche, but if green is your thing, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S is said to be about forty percent more efficient than the 2010 Cayenne S (standard power). It’s powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter, 333-horsepower engine combined with a 47-horsepower electric motor and a 288-volt battery pack. It’s also fitted with a modified version of the eight-speed transmission it’s gas-powered brothers have, in the form of a step-gear automatic transmission.

The 2011 Cayenne Hybrid S can accelerate to 37 mph in all-electric mode, a speed comparable to other hybrid vehicles, but it also has the ability to shut down the engine completely for a coasting speed of up to 97 mph.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Front occupants of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne get airbags that protect at the front, knee, and side, with side curtain airbags for both front and back seats. Antilock disc brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control are standard, but there’s an optional blind spot warning system available for the extremely safety-conscious, as well.

The starting MSRP for the 2011 Porsche Cayenne ranges from $47,700 to $106,000 depending on the trim level and powertrain, and the fuel efficiency (such as it is) is 15-16 mpg in the city and 22-23 mpg on the highway.

2008 Porsche Turbo

At an MSRP of about $126,200 – $136,500, the 2008 Porsche Turbo convertible is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury sports car available as the Coupe and the Cabriolet. The manual transmission version can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. With the Tiptronic S transmission, acceleration time decreases to 3.5 seconds. Both can reach speeds of up to 193 mph.

The 2008 Porsche Turbo convertible combines an elegant and design features with its curved lines that extend from one end of the car to the other. The Coupe is equipped with a 3.6-liter, H6, 480-horsepower, turbo engine multi-point injection fuel system, and has a fuel economy range of 16 MPG/city and 23 MPG/highway. The Cabriolet is equipped with a 3.6-liter, H6 480-horsepower turbo engine and has a fuel economy range of 15 MPG/city and 24 MPG/highway. This all wheel drive sports/ luxury car comes with a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive. There is also an optional 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

Standard features include: air conditioning, a wind deflector, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the Bose Surround Sound System, DVD Navigation Aid With 5.8-In Screen, and a leather interior. Front and rear seating has been described as somewhat confined.

“The power comes on fast and smooth, with great gobs of torque found wherever you ask for it… a seemingly endless supply of tire-twisting propulsion. And all of it can be had with barely a hint of turbo lag. [The car loves] putting down that power with the steering wheel cocked. The more challenging the turn, the more eager the Turbo feels tackling it: powering in on entry, braking late, the body hunkering down while all four wheels grip and grip…And all on snow tires, no less.” Auto Week