The 2008 Porsche Cayenne is offered in three different models--the base V6, the S, and the Turbo--each offered with a different powertrain. A 290-horsepower, 3.6L V6 comes with the base model, while the S comes with a 385-horsepower, 4.8L V8. The top-of-the-range Turbo adds an especially powerful 4.8L turbocharged V8 that makes 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission, with Tiptronic manual control, is standard across the line.
The Turbo can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 171 mph.
All three engines now have direct injection for improvements in both fuel efficiency and power. Both V8 models adopt VarioCam Plus variable valve timing, which varies intake valve timing and lift, and a new variable oil pump for the dry-sump lubrication system that's oriented toward high-performance driving.
The five-passenger Cayenne offers two spacious rows of seating; the rear seat is split 60/40 and can fold flat to expand the cargo floor for larger items.
A newly available system called Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC) uses hydraulic pressure to change the stabilizer-bar response depending on the road surface or cornering forces. The system allows both an improved, smoother ride when on- or off-road along with improved handling.
All Cayenne models get large disc brakes with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston ones in back. The Porsche Stability Management system--including a new trailer stability control mode--is also standard across the line. Front side air bags and full-length side curtain air bags are included as well.
The options list for the Cayenne is vast, including everything from an off-road package with skid plates to a trailer-towing package and luxury features such as a heated steering wheel and various distinctive woodgrain interior trims. Base V6 models get 17-inch alloy wheels, while S models upgrade to larger 18-inch wheels. Several different wheel designs are optional, ranging up to flashy 21-inchers.
Seating comfort; ample cargo space; extraordinary acceleration (S and Turbo); nimble handling relative to other SUVs.
Porsche's sport utility gets a revised appearance and some enhanced technical features for 2008. The Cayenne has a more aggressive outward appearance for 2008, with a front air dam, widened bumpers, and new headlight style in front, plus broader, more defined wheel arches.
Direct injection is fitted to all three engines, increasing real-world fuel economy and increasing performance, and a newly available Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) helps improve handling while also increasing ride comfort.
All Cayenne models get a button-engaged Sport mode that changes engine response. There's also a new rollover sensor linked to the curtain air bag system and seatbelt pretensioners. Dynamic Curve Lights are newly available across the line and standard on the Turbo, and Porsche Stability Management now includes trailer stability control and an off-road anti-lock mode. Standard features and options have been thoroughly revised; a power liftgate is now standard, and 21-inch wheels are newly available.
The 2008 Porsche Cayenne appeals to people who want a nimble, fast vehicle with a driving experience that's almost like that of Porsche's sports cars, combined with the ability to tow a trailer or take on rough terrain.
Vehicle Price: 47,295.00
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