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To enhance the Cayenne for 2006, the Porsche SUV gets updated front airbags, new keys, an electronic logbook (which can record mileage, journey length, date and time), an update to the Porsche Communication Management system that enables the CD player to play MP3-encoded CDs, and an extended navigation system that lets the driver trace his or her way back to a starting point even when the road (or trails) do not appear on the system's internal map. This applies to off-road adventures or adventures on new paved roads that have yet to be mapped. The company has also expanded the model lineup with the Cayenne Turbo S. This high-performance SUV draws its propulsion from a 520-hp, turbocharged V-8 engine that provides sports car-like performance.
Sports car manufacturer Porsche put the sport in sport utility when it launched its first SUV, the Cayenne, as a 2003 model. While best known for its rear-wheel-drive sports cars and for its success in major international motorsports, Porsche's expertise in four-wheel drive dates back more than 100 years, to the Luhner Porsche, one of the first race and rally-winning vehicles created by Prof. Ferdinand Porsche. Another Porsche all-wheel-drive milestone occurred in 1989 with the release of the Porsche 959, a 200 mph supercar that could be driven just as aggressively on wet roads as in the dry.
The Cayenne lineup includes four versions for 2006. The base model is the Cayenne, which is powered by a 250-hp, 3.2L V-6 engine. When equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission, this SUV can accelerate from a standing start to 60 mph in only 8.5 seconds, yet retains all the off-pavement capabilities that have surprised many reviewers and owners as well. The Cayenne also can tow up to 7716 pounds. The Cayenne S is equipped with a 340-hp, 4.5L V-8 engine and six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The Cayenne S accelerates to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and can continue to 150 mph. Exceeding even those figures is the Cayenne Turbo, with a twin-turbocharged version of the 4.5L V-8 that pumps out 450 hp, which enables the SUV to sprint to 60 mph in a mere 5.2 seconds, on its way to a top track speed of 165 mph. Until Porsche introduced the Turbo S version, the Cayenne Turbo had posted the fastest lap ever by an SUV around Germany's famed Nurburgring test circuit. The Cayenne Turbo S boosts output to 520 hp, accelerates to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 167 mph.
All Cayennes come with Porsche Traction Management, the company's four-wheel-drive system that combines sports car-like handling on-road with surprising traction off-road. And while many SUVs tend to exhibit nose-heavy handling dynamics, the Cayenne is set up to handle more like traditional Porsche sports cars, with most of its power going to the rear wheels in normal, dry-pavement conditions. Standard equipment includes front, side, and curtain airbags. Porsche Stability Management technology, designed to help the driver keep the vehicle on its intended course, also is standard equipment. Other standard equipment includes titanium-colored interior trim, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a digital radio with an in-dash CD player and 12 speakers, and an air-conditioned glove compartment. The Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo are fitted with the 350-watt, 14-speaker Bose audio system as standard equipment.
The Porsche Cayenne competes in the highly-competitive Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle segment, where luxury features and build quality are the price of admission for automakers.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Lexus RX Series leads the sales race in this segment, with more than 100,000 units (108,775) sold in calendar year 2005. Other top sellers include the Acura MDX (57,948), BMW X5 (37,598), Volvo XC90 (35,976), and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class (34,959).
|Base (M6)||6 speed manual||$42,200||250-hp / 3.2L 6-cyl||15/20|
|S (A6)||6 speed automatic||$57,200||340-hp / 4.5L 8-cyl||14/18|
|S Titanium Edition (A6)||6 speed automatic||$64,900||340-hp / 4.5L 8-cyl||14/18|
|Turbo (A6)||6 speed automatic||$90,200||450-hp / 4.5L 8-cyl||13/18|
|Turbo S (A6)||6 speed automatic||$111,600||520-hp / 4.5L 8-cyl||0/0|