New for the 2009 Porsche Cayenne is a Turbo S trim with a more powerful 550-hp 4.8L turbocharged V8 engine, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, 21-inch wheels and two-tone leather interior, while larger ceramic brakes are optional. An all-wheel-drive midsize luxury SUV, the Base Cayenne is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine producing 290 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual transmission, while the other trims feature a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted manual shift controls known as Tiptronic. The next step up is the S trim, which has a 385-hp 4.8L V8 engine with 369 lb-ft of torque, followed by the GTS with a 405-hp version of the V8, and finally the Turbo, which prevails with a turbocharged V8 boasting 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the Cayenne ranges from 12-14 mpg city to18-20 mpg hwy. Off-road capabilities are greatly improved by an optional package adding a locking rear differential, hydraulically disconnecting stabilizer bars and skid plates. Porsche Cayenne standard features include comfortable bucket seats and high-quality materials throughout the cabin.Read more Read less
Big news for the 2009 Porsche Cayenne line is the return of the Turbo S after a brief layoff. The Turbo S is the new top performer in the Cayenne range, with 550 horsepower and 553 ft-lb of torque from a 4.8L twin-turbocharged V8. The Turbo S rides on 21-inch alloy wheels and features improved engine mapping, as well as special air intake and exhaust system. Completing the package are ceramic composite brakes. The Turbo S can get from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, with a top speed of 174 mph. The Turbo S starts at $123,600.
Seating comfort; ample cargo space; tremendous performance; nimble handling
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne appeals to people who want a nimble, high-performance SUV that features the kind of driving experience expected of Porsche, combined with the ability to tow a trailer or take on rough terrain.
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