2008 Porsche Cayenne Review

Posted on 09. Jun, 2008 by in Auto News

"The Porsche Cayenne is a deeply misunderstood machine," RF told me before my test drive. "It is one of the world's fastest off-road, no house-broken truck." Huh? Why would a world-famous manufacturer of sports cars (if not the world-famous sports car maker) tempt shame by a kick-ass mud? Plugger instead of a FX-style sports car-on-stilts The answer I was told, lies deep in the Porsche DNA. In the late eighties, jacked up their Porsche 959 sports car, and she appeared in the grueling Paris – Dakar Rally. In their second attempt, scooped the German automaker first, second and sixth places. "Take the entry level V6 off road," RF offered. "Thrash without mercy. So tell me what you think." Sound like a plan.

So, as the concierge squealed around the corner, he is shot in the Cayenne engine. An attractive V6 rasp echoed off the concrete walls garage at Wynn Las Vegas. Crisp with unnatural eyes grew angry Porsche, created the Midnight Black Metallic model a strong first impression. And then turned to the side, and I shuddered. The Cayenne's rear is rounded displeasingly awkward and strange. The new darkened glass at the bottom of the rear window is a rare example of Porsche de-evolution, its angularity a bad design makes it worse.

Our tester was the interior beige overwhelming. Only a black center stack with a stereo vision 1986 – the Sahara easier color scheme. Sisters VW Touareg and Audi Q7 both have the Cayenne licked in terms of switchgear, material selection and general cabin illumination stimulus. That Porsche even offer a vehicle in this price range without Bluetooth or iPod connectivity is testimony to the brand snob appeal rather than Porsche ability to head-on competition with its upscale peers.

Once you use the Cayenne monotone color scheme and the lack of toys, you begin to appreciate the subtleties Stuttgartian. The Cayenne keys, knobs and scales can annoyingly small and fiddly, but they are all ideally located for performance-oriented drivers. Better yet, there's nothing overly complicated to you steer the business in hand, although saddling up on expensive options to solve this "problem".

On the way, the base Cayenne stable and agile, just like the much cheaper VW Touareg. The Porsche 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 290bhp motivates £ 4949. Truck sufficient, zero to 60 sprint takes just 7.5 seconds. Porsche tuned to mimic the exhaust their flat sixes, but they will only receive a participation ribbon in this regard.

The Cayenne long pedal travel and delayed throttle response added to the building suspicion I drove an expensive VW, not a relatively cheap Porsche. The investigation Cayenne mileage tranny always started in second gear, guarantees a take-off reminiscent of a Wagoneer (or an overloaded 727). You can choose from the first gear Tiptronic. In traffic, gets the old real quick.

In general, on the road, the Cayenne feels like it was designed only a vague memory of the 911, as if the symbol had faded poster in the closet of the Porsche SUV division.

Leaving Las Vegas, I went to Tikaboo Valley. Rumbling over the side entrance of the 22.5 mile route, I doubted Porsche lumbering lummox was able to redeem himself. By the end of the first mile, I was looking in the glove compartment for a papal dispensation.

The Cayenne delayed throttle response from power modulation on bumps and sand a breeze, I could eat six to the right amount of gas at the perfect pace. Porsche Traction Management and the Cayenne steel spring multi-link suspension made short work of washboard surfaces, deep sand, rubble and dead rabbit. Flying down country lanes, was the Cayenne six-speed transmission always in the right gear. I was not an idiot with a Bluetooth headset, I was Stig Blomqvist in the Dakar.

The harder and faster you pushed the Cayenne on the fast dirt sections, the more sure-footedness was. The Cayenne is so unshakeable in the dirt like a Cayman is on the line. In the really rough sections of the low-range Cayenne with lockable differentials allowed absurd bouldering games. Climbing to the summit of Peak Tikaboo, the Cayenne could do no wrong.

Mission accomplished. Point taken. The Porsche Cayenne, even in its simplest form, embodies the passion and art of the 911th Engineer But it is a zeal in the deserts, plains and mountains of Africa is rooted, not in the middle of the N