By on December 27, 2006

2006-porsche-cayenne-turbo-s-f-1920x1440.jpgAbout a decade or so ago, I traveled to BMW's Munich HQ to pick-up a press fleet K100RS. I arrived with a hard shell suitcase, intending to transfer its contents to the motorcycle’s panniers. When a press flack asked about the case, I joked that I was going to bungee it onto the back of the bike. When we returned from lunch, German engineers had attached my suitcase to the butt of Beemer’s “flying brick,” complete with homemade aerodynamic addenda. They’d found an elegant way to accomplish a completely ludicrous task. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S? Same deal. 

C’mon, why build a 5500 pound truck that can accelerate like a sports car, ford streams, plug mud, climb and descend precipitous inclines AND provide upmarket MILF’s with a leather-lined suburban schlepper? Yes, yes; Porker’s porker is a hit. The Cayenne has dumped enough cash into the German automaker's corporate coffers to finance family plans to re-conquer VW and, thus, the world. But even if you set aside the SUV’s corrosive effect on the Porsche brand, you still have to wonder if this whole Cayenne thing is nothing more than porcine lipstick application.

dune.jpgThe answer depends on two questions. First, would you drive a $112k SUV off-road? If you’re ready, willing and able to throw Porsche’s mad bad beast into streams and mud, over stones and sand, through forests and Wadis; to scratch your precious paint and dent your fantastic fenders, then I’ve got no beef with this truck. The Cayenne Turbo S can triple digit down a gravel road as easily as a Honda Fit can squeeze into an urban parking space. It can raise itself up, detach its front and rear anti-roll bars and overcome a medium sized boulder. Even without the Advanced Offroad Technology Package, the Cayenne Turbo S rocks. Literally.

Second, if I tell you that a German vehicle can blast from zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds and top out at 168mph; is that just about everything you need to hear? The Ford Mustang GT500 proves there are plenty of wealthy pistonheads for whom cornering ability plays second fiddle to the thunderous timpani of massive straight line thrust. If you’re a well-heeled truck-loving fool who lives for foot-stomping, neck-snapping yee-haws, the Cayenne Turbo S is good to go like Hell. And while the Turbo S doesn’t relish corners any more than a K100RS with a suitcase strapped to its ass, it is without doubt the least likely of its ilk to fall off the road should you be brave stupid enough to carry even a small portion of its considerable speed into a tight corner.  

cayenneturbos2.jpgIn case you hadn’t guessed, neither of these talents is enough to endear the Cayenne Turbo S to your humble reviewer. When I go off-road, I want a relatively simple and inexpensive machine that I can thrash and stash without paying the body shop cash. When I want to have my vision blurred by acceleration-squeeshed eyeballs, I want a small, light, low-slung machine that can corner like a Boxster S. And if I want a fast SUV, I want a beast that beams me from A to B in seamless, mindless luxury. This the Cayenne Turbo does not do.

Mind you, the Turbo S’ cabin is as far from a torture chamber as the Waihua spa at the Maui Ritz. There are Saville Row tailors who couldn't match the fit and finish of the truck’s fragrant Alcantara headlining and leather-wrapped dash. The toys are all present and accounted for, save a rear seat DVD system but including a BOSE blaster fully capable of drowning out your passengers’ screams (as they learn that a Boeing 747 isn’t the only behemoth that can fly). On the down low, the Cayenne Turbo S’ switchgear is a bit small, cheap and not so cheerful; a reflection of both parts bin cost saving and Bauhaus chic.

2006-porsche-cayenne-turbo-s-side-speed-1920x1440.jpgBut the real trouble lies with the model’s engine – gearbox combo. As you might expect from a 2.5 ton vehicle with a turbo-charged V8, turbo lag is something of an issue. Even with 530 foot pounds of torque underfoot, it’s entirely possible to catch the Cayenne Turbo S’ six-speed slushbox off-guard and bog down. Much of the blame rests with the ECU’s struggle to reconcile bonkers speed, personal driving habits and the need to eke out more than ten real world mpg (e.g. it always starts off in second gear). Sometimes she’ll kick down two gears, sometimes one, sometimes none. Bottom line: wafters need not apply.

The Turbo S meets or beats any other luxury SUV in terms of off-road prowess and on-road élan. But it lacks that one ingredient that would make it an unimpeachable daily driver and a better vehicle than the magisterial Range Rover or the hot-to-trot ML63 AMG: mechanical harmony. Come the March refresh, we’ll learn whether or not Porsche's boffins have somehow fixed the Cayenne Turbo S' powerplant's inherent limitations. 

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55 Comments on “Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Review...”


  • avatar
    webebob

    Anything that generates cash for Porsche and allows them to continue the 911 program is ok with me. no guns pointed to heads requiring anyone to buy junke. Like the author, I’ll keep the Porsche for the road and a toyota fj cruiser for the trails. PS, alcantara stinks, fragrantly perhaps, but still stinky.

  • avatar
    seldomawake

    ten real world mpg Wait, am I reading this correctly? 10MPG? Developed in a country where gas costs $8/gallon? Holy bonkers…

  • avatar
    UnclePete

    seldomawake: If you are spending over 100 large to buy this bauble, you probably don’t care about the MPG.

  • avatar
    BlueBrat

    Let’s hope they at least don’t follow the cookie-cutter SUV styling everyone else is doing right now. The roads are very uninteresting as it is with the current rash of bubbly-smooth SUV’s (re: William’s Acura MDX review says it all).

    If I have to sit in traffic with these things, at least make it as exciting as drooling at a Cayman or 911.

  • avatar
    phil

    disappointing that porsche was unable to spin up a masterful drivetrain, esp when not budgetarily constrained. then again, i’ve read that the autobox in the 911 turbo, while getting the job done, is not a pleasure and delight to use. wonder if the DSG could handle this much torque/hp.

  • avatar
    ash78

    The best advertising for the Touareg money can buy.

  • avatar
    seldomawake

    UnclePete: You’ve got a point. I guess I just don’t understand why anyone would actually put down the 100 grand for this. If you’re spending that much, there’s so much else out there. I’m flabbergasted.

  • avatar
    philbailey

    Cayenne and Touareg: Champion recall artists of 2006. The earlier Focus isn’t even on radar by comparison. Maybe that’s why sales are down 40%. Or maybe even Britney understands what 10 mpg means.

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    I’m confused. What’s happening in March?

  • avatar
    Lemmy-powered

    Every time I get stopped behind one of these Porsche minivans at a light, I avoid feeling that all is wrong with the world by squinting really hard and saying “it’s just the son of 959 … it’s just the son of 959″ over and over again.

    Still, though so much has been said about the Cayenne’s off-road prowess, I have to say that until I see a moose strapped to the hood of one, I won’t believe it.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Lets see a car company that builds and sells a top of the line gas guziling S.U.V. fair enough.
    Porsche then generates cash to help out the rest of the company.
    Seems like a good idea to me,maybe it will catch on

  • avatar

    In March, the ’08 Cayenne debuts. (FYI: They skipped MY ’07 to match supply to falling demand.)

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    If I had the bucks, Id have one of these in my garage. Its the height of many things, not all of them virtuous. I’d have one anyway. But not instead of a boxter, in addition to it.

  • avatar

    If I had the money to afford one of these, it’d be my third car, behind my Maserati Quattroporte and my Boxster S(Sorry, I prefer Boxster styling to the 911). But if I had the money, I’d most definitely enjoy the hell out of this and take it off road as much as possible. Then again, I’m a Jeep owner, so maybe that’s why.

  • avatar
    Zarba

    The biggest problem is that Porsche and VW actually thought SUV’s went off-road, and so built a vehicle with capabilities that will never be used.

    Hopefully the ’08′s will shed about 750 lbs of unneeded off road capability in favor of on-road ride and handling. Yeah, I know “Why build an SUV at all?”, and “Why build an SUV that can’t go off road?”, but it’s what they are actually used for that counts.

    They’re tall wagons with all-weather traction. Personally not my cup of tea, but if they fund the development of real Porsches, then so be it. Nobody NEEDS one of these, but then again nobody NEEDS an F430, but I’m glad they’re out there.

    If you think we should all drive only what we need, then your Lada is parked over there.

  • avatar
    ash78

    Zarba
    The biggest problem is that Porsche and VW actually thought SUV’s went off-road

    Exactly…which is probably why the Tiguan is WAY late to the cute-ute segment. Too bad, since a Golf-based crossover/cute would have been perfect for the company about 5 years ago.

    I’m a VW fan, but in many ways they are just as bad as the US domestics in burying their head in the sand…but with more of that Teutonic stoicism.

  • avatar
    cheezeweggie

    Toy for the wealthy. Probably very valuable in 35 years. Now get back to sports cars Porche.

  • avatar
    JSForbes

    As far as natural habitat goes, I only see concentrations of them around schools.

  • avatar

    Dubai is lousy with the things.

  • avatar
    JJ

    Dubai is lousy with the things.

    Yes…Only most of them aren’t very stock anymore, but custom made for rich sjeiks’ “tastes”

    A popular model for instance is the Gemballa GT with about 700 HP and often painted in the most rediculous of colours/colour combinations. I’ve seen one in a magazine once that was a Purple Orange combination…”Shiver”

    Anyway, here is a link to the “base” model:

    Gemballa GT 750

    Let’s hope they at least don’t follow the cookie-cutter SUV styling everyone else is doing right now.

    Pictures of the 08 MY are already out on the Porsche homepage. They hardly changed the design of the car, only the front looks a bit different, still ugly (even more than now, IMHO) though. The rear lights changed also…Yawn…

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    It was my nominee for the 10 worst cars. A symphony of bad ideas. An argument that the gas guzzler tax is way too low. A statement to the world: “I have a lot more dollars than sense.” Proof that Mencken was right when he said that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

    And not only that, but it is funding the plan of the guy, who thought the VW phaeton was a good idea, to take control of VW, and wreck it for good.

  • avatar
    SD987S

    Would you ask your 80 yr. Old Grandmother to review Porsche’s Carrera GT?

    Probably not, because that isn’t the target audience of that vehicle. Just as the target audience of the Cayenne Turbo S isn’t the automotive hack that writes about it and the average car-site reader that finds the car offensive to their sensibilities.

    Robert writes:

    First, would you drive a $112k SUV off-road? If you’re ready, willing and able … then I’ve got no beef with this truck.

    That would have been a good place to stop because the rest of the review is written from the perspective of someone who isn’t ready, willing and able. That isn’t intended as a slight to the writer, it’s just pointing out that the person who buys this vehicle isn’t as concerned about scratching the paint and bending the fenders or paying x amount for gas.

    And let’s not skew the EPA figures so negatively. They’re 13/18 on this vehicle which are most likely optimistic, but optimistic for all makes. The Cayenne Turbo S is more fuel efficient than the aforementioned Carrera GT (10/16) was and we don’t here complaints about Porsche’s supercar ruining the biosphere.

    One more comment. Let’s not all pipe in with the “I see these in the suburbs” all the time comment. Yes, there are alot of Cayennes out there, and even more Cayenne S models. You’ll see the occasional Turbo but the Turbo S (which is the car being reviewed) is pretty rare in this country, and $20,000 more than the plain Turbo version.

  • avatar
    Ryan

    I admire Porsche's engineers. They've done some brilliant work, and created an impressive Bruce-wagon. But I get the feeling I will never warm to the fact that Porsche is, in essence, whoring themselves out, however noble the cause of continuing to build 911's may be. This only exists to make money, and I'm fairly sure the people at the company both know, and are embarassed of it. Hell, the representative at the auto show I talked to, when the Cayenne first came out, she claimed it was built because of Porsche's "rally heritage." Rally heritage? I could easy get behind a jacked-up 911 C4, I can't get behind a mommy-mobile. Not this soon at least. If Porsche had eased into the SUV thing, maybe started off with a sports sedan or wagon (perhaps even gone the full rear-engined, Corvair-esque lineup), and eventually built the SUV, if they had to, it wouldn't be so bad. But to immediately build a vehicle that is the anti-thesis of everything they built in the past, it's a giant letdown. Now, if they had to build an SUV, and when the route of the Lamborghini LM002, that'd be cool.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    seldomawake: If you are spending over 100 large to buy this bauble, you probably don’t care about the MPG.

    That’s odd. BobLutz paraphrased the same thing and he was thrown to the wolves for having the audacity to say it.

    But back to the vehicle at hand. Jeremy Clarkson was right. It is ugly, and I’m with him, I’d rather walk than drive that thing. Or at least I’d rather drive an AMG G55, or that lustfully torquey Touareg V10 TDI. With those types of fuel numbers, I think I’d rather get a Ram SRT-10.

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    Ryan: This only exists to make money

    UMMM – ALL cars and car companies exist to make money….wake up, sleepy head!

  • avatar
    disgruntled

    The Cayenne only looks ugly from the front due to the sleek 911-like headlamps that makes the grill look enormous. Porsche should design a proper front fascia instead of just redesigning the signals and fog lamps and plonking them onto a classic shape. Ditto for the 911 Turbo.

  • avatar
    Brendan McAleer

    I used to really hate this vehicle. Really, really REALLY hate it.

    But why is that? I mean, it is technically brilliant. Yes, it’s as bulbously unattractive as a leprous beanbag, but so are many other vehicles, some of which we love for their ugly mugs.

    I’ll tell you why this car sucks: it’s got the wrong badge up front.

    With the new Carreras, I finally thought Porsche had shaken off the toupee set. You know: fellas with tonsures and tasselled loafers and the kind of people who wore medallions before bling made it okay driving around in drop-top whale-tails. An ’07 Porsche Carrera S in black doesn’t make me want to shoot anyone.

    But with this car, Porsche has basically said, “Who cares about enthusiasts, let’s make something for the brand label flosser.” It’s a halo car for all those horrible V6 models.

    Bottom line, this shouldn’t say Porsche up front. It should say Armani.

    Either that or Range Rover…if the Range Rover Sport could do what this thing could do, it’d be respected, not panned.

  • avatar
    carguy

    I guess its the answer to a question no one asked – a combo of obese sports car and tarmac only off-roader (with the standard tires anyway). And if you don’t like the turbo then you can always go for the VW V6 equipped model – its for those who have always lusted after a slow Porsche and enjoy getting overtaken by Camrys and RAV4s.

    I know they sold well, but to me its a waste of engineering talent.

  • avatar
    Ryan

    jerseydevil, there’s a difference between a company trying to make a profit, and the Cayenne. Lemme put it this way, if we weren’t stuck in this SUV fad, would the Cayenne have even made it to concept? It’s a cynical attempt to cash in on people’s inability to admit that they’ve had kids and need something practical.

    Its only redeeming factor is that it had Porsche’s engineers designing it.

  • avatar
    murphysamber

    >philbailey:
    December 27th, 2006 at 9:51 am
    Cayenne and Touareg: Champion recall artists of 2006. The earlier Focus isn’t even on radar by comparison. Maybe that’s why sales are down 40%. Or maybe even Britney understands what 10 mpg means.

  • avatar
    UnclePete

    SD987S said:

    One more comment. Let’s not all pipe in with the “I see these in the suburbs” all the time comment. Yes, there are alot of Cayennes out there, and even more Cayenne S models. You’ll see the occasional Turbo but the Turbo S (which is the car being reviewed) is pretty rare in this country, and $20,000 more than the plain Turbo version.
    Oddly enough, I saw one this afternoon. It was a nice shiny black one. I could make out the Cayenne Turbo S script very well as he (or she, I didn’t check) cut me off getting into the FastLane at the last second at the Bow tollbooth on I-93 in NH. The car in question then exited a mile up at our “State Safety Rest Stop”, which contains a State liquor store. (Yeah, a contradiction, but that is NH.)

    I do agree they are fairly rare, but at this time of year, this stretch of I-93 carries the rich Southern New Englanders to the ski slopes in Northern New England, so you see all sorts of “car candy” on the road.

  • avatar
    tincanman99

    Not my thing but hey if they can make money off of it more power to them. Somebody has to fleece the yuppies, rather it be Porsche than someone else.

  • avatar
    Jim H

    quasi: “That’s odd. BobLutz paraphrased the same thing and he was thrown to the wolves for having the audacity to say it.”

    I don’t think he said 100K. :) About 1/2 that amount. A middle-class family buying a mid-40′sK suburban will notice a gasoline bill much more than an upper-middle-class porshe nut. :) Of course, since he (Lutz) thinks “rich” people would buy a GM over a porche…I think he needs to rethink his position. I don’t think middle-class americans are rich…but since it’s strictly subjective, he may mean anyone able to afford a $45K car. Heck, I could do that…but I sure as heck am not going to get a $45K car/suv/truck that gets 12mpg!

    Heck…my gasoline bill has only fluxuated $5ish over the past couple of months (from an Acura 3.2 TL to a Subaru Legacy)…but it does change my habits and I’ve plenty of disposable cash. So now I get the $4 car wash rather than the $9 one. ;)

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    Ryan:

    It’s a cynical attempt to cash in on people’s inability to admit that they’ve had kids and need something practical.

    I’ve never seen a kid in one. In Jersey, those foks buy Jeep variants or explorers. These cars are driven mostly by stately lookin guys with white hair… like ME for instance.

    I want one. They are too cool. But as i said, IN ADDITION to a boxter, not instead on one.

    A cynical car? You need to look at GM’s sedan selections for that.

  • avatar
    WaaaaHoooo

    You guys are forgetting the important part: It’s a porsche.

    That automatically makes it cool and anyone who disagrees obviously has no taste, because, you know …. it’s a porsche.

  • avatar
    bodayguy

    Talked to a retired, filthy rich couple driving a Turbo in the ferry line several months ago. Theirs was a gorgeous metallic green and it’s primary use was for taking the dogs along on a weekend trip. Not the Porsche I would want or need, but they were very nice folks and I respect their choice in car, over, say, an Escalade.

  • avatar
    WaaaaHoooo

    Bodayguy, why would you respect their choice in doghaulers over an Escalade? Because it’s a Porsche?

    I can certainly respect other’s right to make their choices, but that to me is different that respecting the choice itself. What people choose is often laughable, but it is their right to choose, and mine to laugh. It’s how I see it. Still, if people need a doghauler then their decision to get a Cayenne to do the duty is more laughable than the Escalade alternative, for the simple matter that the Escalade is more up to the task (Fido has more room) at half the price.

    Oh, but I forgot … it’s not a porsche. I am so uncool.

  • avatar
    jthorner

    The entire point of owning a Cayenne is to physically demonstrate that you have more money than brains. Why anyone wants to brag about such a thing is beyond me.

  • avatar
    jthorner

    For all of those who like to think that the Europeans are more environmentally conscious than Americans, think about the fact that all of the modern V-12 powered automobiles are from Europe as a all of the 10 MPG and under ones.

    Europe keeps the regular folks in small high fuel economy vehicles so that the wealthy can burn fuel by the tanker truck load in their $100K+ vehicles at crazy high speeds on the autobahn.

  • avatar
    bodayguy

    I respected the choice because it was a nod to performance over fat mass. And I like Porsches. Wouldn’t mind a Cayman myself, but I got a mortgage to pay.

  • avatar
    willbodine

    I have ridden/driven long distances in a friend’s Cayenne Turbo (non-S.) He loves it, but it leaves me cold. As does an X5 or MB ML. I’m sure they have made Porsche a ton of money, but long-term, I think the Cayenne will be seen as the beginning of the end of the Porsche mystique.

  • avatar
    JJ

    For all of those who like to think that the Europeans are more environmentally conscious than Americans, think about the fact that all of the modern V-12 powered automobiles are from Europe as a all of the 10 MPG and under ones.

    Europe keeps the regular folks in small high fuel economy vehicles so that the wealthy can burn fuel by the tanker truck load in their $100K+ vehicles at crazy high speeds on the autobahn.

    Euhm…Yes, well, so all the modern V-12 powered automobiles are from Europe…they still get better mileage then John Doe’s pushrod V8 5000+ Lbs pickup truck/SUV. In America, rich people, like in Europe still get the luxury sportscars and 760/S600′s. No difference there. But the fact that nearly everybody in America with a job can get in a useless Tahoe and pay the very low American fuel costs is exactly the problem (in automotive respect at least).

    Then there are the bigger less well isolated houses, the rediculous christmas lighting etc, but let’s not get into that.

    The problem is that the full cost of energy is not reflected in American (oil) prices and the rest of the bill comes later, at everyone’s expense, all over the world.

  • avatar
    svensk

    Uhh.. no JJ my John Doe 5000lb. pushrod v8 pickup truck gets 17city/21 highway. I don’t think too many v12 supercars get that.

  • avatar
    Gottleib

    Jealous, yep I am and I think most of the replies reflect the same emotion. I would love to have the financial means to buy one of these and countless other cars that I only have the luxury to read about. Thankfully I enjoy all cars so there are some that I can actually afford to buy and maintain.

    Don’t get too upset about the Americans driving big trucks and SUV s, they do because they can. When its time to downsize you won’t have to plead with anyone to do so, so far that time has not come.

    I suspect that most of those that purchase a Porsche also have a private plane or jet and you how much fuel they can burn. Gallons per minute forget about miles per gallon.
    Happy New Year

  • avatar
    Wolven

    Personally, I admire the heck outta Porsche for making this vehicle… I only wish I could afford one. For the “Porsche is whoring themselves” crowd, c’mon… that’s every bit as mentally midgetted as the enviro fundamentalists whining that nobody NEEDS one.

    Show my some other auto manufacturer that has come anywhere near as close to putting everything you could want into a single vehicle.

    I think it’s one of the most awesome vehicles ever made.

  • avatar
    Ryan

    It’s cool that Porsche has built something capable on the road and off the track, but short of a few guys in the middle east, these won’t see anywhere near the offroad action they’re capable of. I’d rather have an ass-engined Nazi slot-wagon.

  • avatar

    Wolven: If you're looking for the world's finest all-rounder, I vote for the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG– wagon.

  • avatar
    Wolven

    Robert: I looked for the review of the MB E63 wagon, but I couldn’t find it. I thought you did one?

    Anyway, how does the wagon do off-road? Does it have good ground clearance and “real” 4-wheel drive? Can it tow a boat, camper, yacht…? Umm, on second thought, it doesn’t really matter, I just wouldn’t want a wagon. ;)

  • avatar
    Steve Green

    CORRECTION: There might be tailors on Jermyn Street who couldn’t match the Cayenne’s interior “fit and finish.” But there are none on Saville Row.

  • avatar
    KingElvis

    Lets face it, above the $50K level or so, you are mostly buying prestige. I’d much rather have the S class if prestige is the point.

    I’m sure it’s great, but it’s certainly not TWICE as fast, TWICE as luxurious and TWICE as off-road capable as a Cadillac Escalade, which sells for half the money.

  • avatar

    Bobbo –
    Yes, yes; Porker’s porker is a hit.
    Huh?

    Sales are down some 35-40%, no?

    Short-term the Cayenne brought in a big infusion of cash, but it ain’t gonna be helping the P-folks print money for long.

    One only wonders what would have happened if they had invested the Cayenne start-up money improving the Boxster/Cayman line. Or starting a third sports car line.

    Speaking of the Cayman, Porsche’s short-term thinking has been to emasculate the potentially-far-more-capable Cayman so as not to cannabalize the profit-machine 911.

    These two short-term decisions may have long-term consequences that aren’t going to be pretty.

    On another note, Zarba’s got the right idea. If they can make a six-cylinder version of the Cayenne, they should be able to do a soft-roader version without all the scale-breaking off-road equipment. Basically a Porsche station wagon.

    That might be interesting.

  • avatar
    phil_hallenbeck

    This 911 owner says that the only thing in the automotive world as good as Porsche engineering is: Porsche business management! There are reasons that these guys were the most profitable automaker in the world on a per-share basis for ’05, and have every chance of repeating the feat for ’06–and this beast and its siblings are among those reasons.

    No, I’m no fan of the Cayenne–but my wife sure is. Buying her one BEFORE I bought myself a 911 was the best marital-harmony move I’ve made in 25 great years. She happily drives her Porsche every day…especially nice on the weekends when I’m hammering the daylights out of some racetrack somewhere!

    No, wait: I AM a fan of the Cayenne! Carries four adults in great comfort–believe I’ll part company with Bob on his opinion there–carries lots of stuff with ‘em, and carries ‘em all as fast as you want to cruise.

    Not sure where all those recalls cited came from: Ours has never spent an unplanned day in the shop, without exception. (In fact, that’s a neat thing about Porsche with this beast, on which I DON’T do the maintenance: The dealership will install numerous minor product improvements free of charge when you bring it in for its annual service.)

    And I’ve seen a few Cayenne S’s and Turbos brought to the track, and in capable hands embarass a lot of 911 and Corvette drivers.

    As for the Cayenne being a short-term winner, I’ll leave that one in the hands of fate…except to observe that Mr. Wiedeking has made plenty of right decisions during his watch, often in the face of doubters who are far better businessman than I, so I sure wouldn’t bet anything more than a beer against him.

  • avatar
    wsn

    Replying to Brendan McAleer (and others who have the same opinion):
    I mean, it is technically brilliant.

    Why do you think it is technically brilliant?

    I mean, at this price, any major manufacture can produce a car/suv of such performance. If this one is offered at $50k, then there is some brilliance.

  • avatar
    Hellhund

    Steve Green: why the shirtmakers on Jermyn Street and not the bespoke tailors of Savile Row?

    Also, hate to nitpick, but it’s Savile, one “L.”

  • avatar

    Porsche’s real problem is that they keep hampering the Cayman to keep the 911.


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