To most people, the Porsche Cayenne may look like just another high-end Sport Utility Vehicle. Yet Porsche fans and automotive enthusiasts know that this one is not your typical go-anywhere premium sport ute.
On the contrary, the Cayenne, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, possesses the DNA of a true Porsche–responsive driving dynamics without compromising comfort. The Cayenne, however, takes things a step further by allowing owners to take their prized SUV anywhere and even go off the beaten path.
When Porsche set out to design the Cayenne in the 1990s, it didn’t merely aim to create an off-road capable Porsche. It wanted to build one that would excel both on- and off-road. To do this, it put in the elements of cars like the iconic 911.These included potent V8 engines such a 4.5-liter mills that even offered bi-turbocharging that produced up to 521bhp for the Cayenne Turbo S.
This was coupled with bits like Porsche Traction Management and Porsche Active Suspension Management that gave the Cayenne sportscar-like handling, true off-road capability, and everyday ride comfort. It was, in a nutshell, pretty much all the car one would ever need.
Of course, Porsche did not stop there. Fast-forward to today and the German sprotscar maker offers variants like the Cayenne GTS for true performance-oriented driving. Then there is the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which packs a gasoline engine paired with an electric motor for a total system output of 680bhp. This allows the sporty SUV to rocket from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds while being able to drive for up to 44kms on pure electric power. And yes, it can likewise go off-road.
These elements have not only helped Porsche come out of its financial slump it was in during the 1990s but have likewise paved the way for what we now know as performance SUVs. It has truly helped change the way people see Porsches and SUVs as a whole.