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2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne interior

Year (of specifications) 2011
Engine 3.6 litre V6
3.0 litre supercharged V6 Hybrid
4.8 litre V8
4.8 litre V8 twin-turbo
Transmission 8 speed tiptronic AWD
Max speed 155 mph
0-60 -
Horsepower 300 hp (V6)
380 hp (V6 hybrid)
400 hp (V8)
500 hp (V8 turbo)
weight -

For 2011 Porsche has completely redesigned the Cayenne from top to bottom - and it's the better for it.

Now entering its third generation, the Cayenne has never received much praise for its looks. And while the latest version is still the ugly one of the Porsche range, at least now it's starting to display a modicum of style.

Up front the new Cayenne has received a revised face which borrows some cues from the Panamera sedan. This means the 2011 Cayenne has a slightly more aerodynamic profile than its predecessor, which also nicely compliments the reduced weight of the new model.

One of the big announcements for the 2011 Cayenne is the introduction of a hybrid model. This version features a parallel full hybrid drive system which produces a combined power output of 380 horsepower. The hybrid system consists of a 3.0 litre V6 engine developing 333 hp, and an electric motor which offers up 47 hp. With peak torque at 427 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm, the Cayenne S Hybrid's performance is on par with a V8-powered Cayenne S. Like many hybrids, the Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances on electric power alone, free of emissions and noise at speeds up to 40 mph (60 km/h).

What makes the Cayenne S Hybrid unique is its ability to cruise at high speeds on electric power alone. The gasoline engine can be completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain at speeds of up to 97 mph. Christened by the Weissach engineers as 'sailing' – or cruising -- mode, the drag forces exerted by the combustion engine and their braking effect are eliminated in the interest of lower resistance and fuel consumption.

The other drivetrain options on offer are similar to those previously available. A 3.6 litre V6 sits at the bottom of the range. This unit chucks out 300 hp and is connected to an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission which offers a 20 percent improvement in fuel consumption over its predecessor.

The Cayenne S version is powered by a 400 horsepower, 4.8 litre V8. This model gets a 15 hp bump in power over the old model. But at the same time fuel consumption is down by a whopping 23 percent (according to the New European Driving Cycle).

As normal the Cayenne Turbo sits at the top of the pile. This model is also powered by a 4.8 litre V8, but the addition of a couple turbochargers takes the power up to 500 hp. Again, despite performance improvements the fuel consumption is dramatically reduced by over 20 percent.

Similar and related vehicles:
  2009 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia
  2005 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
  2010 Porsche Panamera

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