NEW FOR 2013:
Porsche adds to its fuel-efficient engine portfolio with a diesel powertrain for the Cayenne crossover. Cayenne also gains a mid-range performance model labelled the GTS. Returning to the lineup are the base model, Cayenne S, S Hybrid and Turbo trims.
Each trim gets its own engine, the base model starting out with a 3.6L V6 that makes 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Diesel models get a 3.0L turbodiesel that makes 240 hp and 406 lb-ft. In the Cayenne S Hybrid, Porsche pairs a supercharged 3.0L V6 with an electric motor to produce a combined 380 hp and 428 lb-ft. Next up the ladder is the gas-only Cayenne S, using a 4.8L V8 good for 400 hp and 369 lb-ft; the new-for-2013 GTS gets the same engine, but tuned for 420 hp and 380 lb-ft. Atop the heap is the Turbo, with its turbocharged 4.8L V8 cranking out 500 hp and 516 lb-ft.
Only the base model can be had with a six-speed manual transmission; optional here and standard elsewhere is an eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard in all models.
Standard kit in base models includes an electric parking brake, 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, driver's seat memory, power windows, electric-adjustable and heated side mirrors, cruise control, power tailgate with independently-opening window, seven-inch touchscreen stereo, auxiliary input, Bluetooth, instrument cluster with 4.8-inch TFT display, LED daytime running lights and taillights, cargo area cover, and tire pressure monitoring.
Diesel, S Hybrid and S models are similarly equipped.
GTS trim comes with upgraded brakes, unique hood and fascia trim, sport exhaust, steerable headlights, 20-inch wheels, power steering plus, height-adjustable and self-levelling air suspension, Alcantara headliner, sport seats in partial leather/Alcantara, brushed aluminum trim, stainless steel pedals, sport steering wheel, bi-Xenon headlights, and driver's knee airbag.
Turbo models get red brake calipers, navigation, BOSE stereo, universal audio interface with USB input, and satellite radio.
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