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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • More powerful engine in the Cayenne Turbo S model
  • Upgraded brakes on Cayenne Turbo model
  • Updated PCM navigation interface
  • New optional Alcantara sport seats
  • PCCB ceramic brakes optional on many models
  • Two new optional paint choices
Overview
Launched in 2003, the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle (SUV) was a marked departure from theautomaker's generations of sports cars that preceded it. The 5-passenger SUV boasted both on- and off-road prowess, and a choice between 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants. While it shared many common components with the Volkswagen Touareg (including the chassis), the Cayenne was designed, tuned and manufactured exclusively by Porsche. Regardless of the admonishment by Porsche purists, the Cayenne was a sales success for the automaker (eventually out-selling the venerable 911). In 2008, the "second-generation" Cayenne arrived. While it wasn't an all-new design, it carried significant upgrades including a revised body design and reworked engines. For 2009, Porsche has again made changes to the Cayenne with the introduction of the Turbo S model, an upgraded infotainment center, and new performance options.

Porsche offers a standard 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty on the 2009 Cayenne. A roadside assistance program mirrors the duration of the limited warranty, while a limited corrosion warranty extends a full 10 years, regardless of mileage.

Model Lineup
There are five different 2009 Porsche Cayenne models in the lineup: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S. While most manufacturers simply put larger engines and more luxury amenities in their more expensive models, the Porsche approach is significantly more comprehensive. Each model in the lineup gains larger brakes and upgraded suspensions as it approaches the flagship model Cayenne Turbo S. However, there is no such thing as a base model-even the standard Cayenne is outfitted with 6-piston brakes and a fully independent control-arm suspension.

All Porsche Cayenne models for 2009 are equipped with a full complement of convenience accessories including power windows, power door locks, power seats and cruise control. For the 2008 model year, Porsche updated the SUV with a standard Sports mode for all Cayenne engines, standard power rear liftgate, the availability of 21-inch wheels, a rail-mounted cargo management system, and XM satellite radio. Other standard features include active headlamps that turn to provide a better view through curves, trailer stability control for towing and anti-lock braking that works on or off pavement. While it is standard on the Turbo S model, all other Cayenne models may be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control that features active anti-roll bars that almost completely offset body roll in turns, improving handling, comfort and safety on-road while also providing enhanced traction off pavement, Porsche says. Also new for 2009 is the enhanced Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) with fewer keys and a touch screen to simplify use.

Powertrain
Each of the five Porsche Cayenne models for 2009 is equipped with a unique engine. The standard model, the Cayenne, is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 290 hp, enough to propel the sport utility from a standing start to 60 mph in some 7.5 seconds, Porsche claims. EPA fuel-economy estimates for this engine are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The Porsche Cayenne S model draws on a 4.8-liter V-8 engine that generates 385 hp, good for a similar sprint in 6.4 seconds, and yet it also achieves ultra-low vehicle-emission status (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway). Introduced for 2008, the Cayenne GTS offers a specially tuned 4.8-liter V-8 engine with 405 hp pulling it to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway). Then there is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo with its twin-turbocharged version of the 4.8-liter V-8 engine pumping out 500 hp and propelling the Porsche of sport utilities to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 170 mph (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway). At the top of the model range is the Cayenne Turbo S, with a specially tuned, twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V-8 engine. It is rated at 550 hp, making it the most powerful Cayenne ever built, according to the company (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway).

All 2009 Porsche Cayenne models share a 6-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission (with the exception of slightly different final drive ratios in each model). In a unique offering for a sport utility vehicle of this size, the Cayenne and Cayenne GTS are both available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Cayenne's brakes have been upgraded for 2009 with the availability of the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) package. According to Porsche, the package's cross-drilled carbon fiber reinforced brake discs are able to withstand very high heat, offering more consistent vehicle braking and longer brake life.

Safety
Standard safety features on every 2009 Porsche Cayenne include six air bags: dual front, dual side and dual curtain. In addition, all Cayenne models are equipped with standard Porsche Stability Management including pre-loading of the braking system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and a new Trailer Stability Control. Safety features are enhanced with an electronic rollover sensor that triggers belt latch tensioners and side curtain air bags to reduce the risk of injury for all occupants in a rollover.

The 2009 Porsche Cayenne has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
All 2009 Porsche Cayenne models feature engines with direct fuel injection. This technology highly pressurizes the fuel before precisely injecting it directly into the combustion chamber. With direct fuel injection, the fuel delivery and injection timing are electronically managed based on the load of the engine. This optimizes fuel delivery allowing higher compression ratios and permitting the engine to run in an efficient "ultra-lean" mode under many operating conditions. According to Porsche, all of this adds up to combustion that is not wasteful-equating to increased power, better fuel economy and lower emissions.

Available Trims for the 2009 Porsche Cayenne SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base (M6) 6 speed manual $44,600 290-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl 14/20
S (Tiptronic) 6 speed automatic $59,400 385-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 13/19
GTS (M6) 6 speed manual $70,900 405-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 11/17
Turbo (Tiptronic) 6 speed automatic $97,700 500-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 12/19
Turbo S (Tiptronic) 6 speed automatic $123,600 550-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 12/19

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