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No Need to Sacrifice Driving Performance

It used to be that driving enthusiasts would have to sacrifice a guilty pleasure for the sake of the family. As one child came along, then two, then the requisite dog and soccer equipment, the two-seater had to give way to the minivan for the sake of the practicality. With the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne SUV several years ago, that’s no longer the case. The Cayenne is a sports car in an SUV body, with the same performance and handling that Porsche lovers have come to expect over the years. The Cayenne is perfect for the short sprint to school on a Wednesday morning or a run through the central Arizona mountains on the weekend. Its design exudes sophistication and athleticism while providing the sensible features family have come to depend upon. If you’re one of those drivers who is holding onto the last vestiges of youth while sacrificing the needs of a family, head over to Porsche of Tucson today and see just how much fun you can have behind the wheel of a Cayenne.

Cayenne Roots Grown in Auto Racing

Like every other Porsche, the roots of the Cayenne are well-developed on the tracks of the European racing circuit. That’s where the Porsche engineers and designers learned to integrate the car and driver as one unit, responding seamlessly to each other’s ebbs and flows. The interior of the Cayenne is a good place to start exploring, as it is literally built around the driver, with controls ergonomically placed within easy reach. The center console rises to put all the most important controls just a short reach away, while the new multifunction steering wheel puts many features at your fingertips. Along with being smartly laid out, the Porsche interior is extremely comfortable for both the driver and passengers. It’s style and purpose enhance the impression that this is one sophisticated driving machine.

Gentlemen, and Women, Start Your Race Car

Whether you choose the base Cayenne, S model, S e-hybrid, GTS or Turbo, the Porsche Cayenne offers everyone something to love with a wide range of features. The base Cayenne comes with a powerful V6 that delivers 300 horsepower and a top track speed of 142 mph. While that is plenty for most folks, step up to the S or GTS and you get 420 and 440 horsepower, respectively and the top speed surpasses 160 mph. The Cayenne Turbo S is the most powerful Cayenne, delivering 570 horsepower, a top speed of 176 mph and the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid is the newest kid on the SUV block, still providing 416 horsepower through the use of a combination of gas and electric engines. This all-wheel drive sports machine also boasts something no other Cayenne can match, an equivalent of 47 mpg combined. Explore the entire Cayenne inventory and see how much fun you can have in an SUV when you visit Porsche of Tucson.

Porsche Cayenne Platinum

Distinctive Sporty Appearance Sets Model Apart

When it comes to creating a sporty appearance in an SUV, the Porsche Cayenne has years of practice. The hottest SUV on the market is getting hotter as Porsche delivers the limited edition Platinum level Cayenne and Cayenne S E-Hybrid to dealerships like Porsche of Tucson. From the 20-inch Spyder wheels to the leather-dominant interior, the Platinum Cayenne models scream sport, sophistication and luxury. Whenever you enter the cockpit, Porsche will be the first thing on your mind as your head rests against the embroidered company logo. Lest you forget you have the top-of-the-line trim level, illuminated doorsills display Platinum Edition.

Platinum Loaded With Standard Equipment

You don’t have to think too hard about adding options to the Platinum Edition Cayenne, as it comes loaded with standard equipment such as Bi-Xenon headlights, the Porsche Dynamic Light System and Power Steering Plus. Park Assist provides an audible beep in both the front and the back to let you know you’re closing in on an object. Mirrors are coated with anti-glare material, while the rear windows are tinted extra dark for a feeling of luxury and privacy. The Platinum Edition comes in either white or black, but you can opt for Jet Black, Mahogany, Rhodium Silver metallic, Purpurite and Carrara White.

The Porsche Communication Management system is included, delivering navigation, hands-free communication and a killer Bose surround sound stereo system. Choose the E-Hybrid model and you also get a cabin conditioner that lets you pre-program the use of the heater or air conditioner to get the interior to just the right temperature for your drive.

As Expected, Cayenne Comes Prepared to Party

The Porsche Cayenne is about as far as you can get from a boring old SUV. With a top track speed of 142 mph, the gas model still delivers 24 mpg on the highway. The S E-Hybrid is even more powerful, combining a gas and electric motor to zoom from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 151 mph. Porsche is also offering a diesel-powered Platinum model, which achieves up to 29 mpg. Underneath all the sophistication and luxury is the handling and suspension you come to expect from a Porsche. Although the Cayenne is built to haul cargo and people, there is virtually no body roll or drift as you aggressively attack corners. Experience the new Platinum Edition for yourself with a visit to Porsche of Tucson.


The 2015 Porsche Cayenne lineup at Porsche of Tucson, includes a diesel-powered model and a plug-in hybrid. The 5-passenger, midsize SUV comes in four trims: Diesel, S, S E-Hybrid and Turbo.

The sporty, new Porsche Cayenne is provided with considerable improvements. The Cayenne S model currently provides a turbocharged V6 instead of a V8. In addition, the plug-in S E-Hybrid replaces the previous year’s S Hybrid. The Turbo also receives 20 extra horsepower, along with the identical torsional power rating as the previous Turbo S. The suspension configuration has been refined to enhance ride and handling. Also, the offered air suspension currently comes with a retractable load sill in the cargo space. A surround-view parking video camera is currently available, as well as ventilated back seats. Updated external styling, active grille shutters and extra standard functions (with a commensurate increased base cost) complete the vehicle’s improvements. Be aware that the base, Turbo S and GTS trim levels are not available this model year. However they will be back for the 2016 model year.

Even though the fuel-efficient diesel engines are still available, the Cayenne S is taking the next step in both performance and fuel economy with the introduction of the new S E-Hybrid. The S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in this segment. Drivers can expect 14 miles of an all-electric drive. While that isn’t a long distance, it is great for short trips. A larger battery pack provides additional energy to supplement the gas engine. The acceleration of the S E-Hybrid is very similar to the Cayenne S, but the fuel economy has been drastically improved.

There have been many updates to the exterior of the new Cayenne, including a new fascia at the front and rear, redesigned LED taillights and new LED headlights. The one sticking point for the Cayenne is the lack of cargo space for a vehicle of this size.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne’s all have an 8-speed automatic transmission and two versions of AWD. The AWD for the Diesel and S E-Hybrid have a single-mode system with a self-locking center differential. The S and Turbo have active systems that include two extra off-road settings and a locking differential at the rear.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid comes with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that combines with the electric motor to output 416 horsepower and 435 pound foot of torque. The vehicle will do an impressive 0 to 60 mph dash in 5.4 seconds. In terms of fuel economy, the E-Hybrid gives an estimated 21 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and a combined 22 mpg.

The S E-Hybrid doesn’t lose any power or performance to the S model, but drivers have the option of electric-only driving for short trips.


Turbo S Beats GTS for Raw Power

If pure power is an addiction that lies deep within your soul, then nothing other than the 570 horses the Turbo S has hidden under its bonnet will be enough to satisfy your cravings. Stomp on the accelerator and let the ponies run as you develop a spine-crunching 590 foot pounds of torque on the way to reaching 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. However, if taking a little under 5 seconds to reach 60 mph is quick enough and you’d like to have an additional $60,000 to spend on such things as your kid’s soccer uniforms or perhaps a base Cayenne as your second vehicle, then the 440 horses generated by the GTS’s 3.6-liter engine are probably adequate for your needs. Test drive both versions of the Porsche Cayenne and decide for yourself at Porsche of Tucson.

GTS Lighter, More Nimble than Turbo S

Weighing in at 275 fewer pounds than its sister vehicle, the GTS takes a lighter touch to maneuver around a closed circuit. Both vehicles have stability and traction control, but critics think the GTS model is a bit looser, making for a more enjoyable driving experience for owners who don’t spend a lot of time on the track. Both SUVs come with the same 8-speed automatic transmission. Air springs are standard on the Turbo S, but optional on the GTS.

Both Models Have all the Bells and Whistles

With a price tag starting at just under $100K for the GTS and a bit south of $160K for the Turbo S, you’d expect to have all the creature comforts the engineers at Porsche could imagine. Neither vehicle will disappoint in this regard. Although the Turbo S has a bit more pizzazz with the Porsche Crest and Turbo S badging emblazoned on the seats and the door sill guards, both vehicles have state-of-the-art entertainment and navigation systems along with a driver’s cockpit that looks more at home in a space shuttle. A multi-function steering wheel provides controls for everything within the reach of a finger. Paddle shifters let you flip through the automatic gears for fun or just to show off to your passengers. The interiors of both vehicles are so beautiful and functional it’s best if you just check them out for yourself at the Porsche of Tucson showroom.

Cayenne has Seven Models to From Which to Choose

If the GTS and Turbo S are a bit pricier than you’d like, the base Porsche Cayenne starts below $60,000, making it competitive with many U.S. brands that don’t feature the Porsche name and heritage. Other models include the Diesel ($62,000), Cayenne S ($74,000), E-Hybrid ($76,000) and plain Turbo ($114,000).

orsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The Cayenne was Porsche’s first SUV so it makes sense that the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. This model makes three plug-in hybrid models in the Porsche stable, the most of any international car manufacturer. Joining the 918 Spyder super sport and the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne plug-in sets the Porsche brand clearly apart from the completion in the race toward environmentally conscious power. In Arizona, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid will be available from Porsche of Tucson.

Drivers universally report being thrilled with the new model’s feel and performance. Powered by a combination of a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 with 333 horsepower, a 95 horsepower synchronous electric motor, and a Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission, the all-wheel drive vehicle can be powered with electricity, combustion or a combination of both. The secret to the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s improved performance over the similarly-powered Panamera S E-Hybrid is Cayenne’s 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing up to 22 miles of pure electric power at speeds up to 78 mph. Panamera’s battery clocks in at only 9.4-kWh.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid defaults to electric power as long as it has charge, after which is reverts to hybrid mode. With a standard voltage charging hookup, full charge takes almost four hours, although that can be reduced to a mere 90 minutes with a high-voltage feed. With a curb weight of about 5200 pounds, it can do zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and tops out at 151 mph when both the engine and electric motor are actualized. Under gas power, the EPA rates the Cayenne S E-Hybrid at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Thus far, car reviewers and enthusiasts love the 2014 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, introduced to the media with a drive through Frankfurt and the surrounding countryside, touring cities, villages, country roads and motorways free of speed limits. Its braking is praised for being less like a hybrid and more like a traditional performance vehicle. Despite its efficiency, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid suffers no compromises in performance.

Physically, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is reported to virtually indistinguishable from the non-electric models, sporting the new bumpers, suspension and steering that marked the models’ recent upgrade. Likewise with the interior amenities, other than the addition of two additional console-mounted buttons, “E-Power” and “E-Charge.” The former actuates the electric motor and the latter switches to combustion, allowing the driver to conserve electrical charge for specific purpose.

Until the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid arrives stateside, American drivers will be content to enjoy the full contingent of Porsche Cayenne models, including the base model, the Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne GTS and the Cayenne S.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne eHybrid

In mid-2014, Porsche will begin selling a plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne. The plug-in Cayenne e-Hybrid will feature a drivetrain similar in concept to today’s Cayenne Hybrid, but with significantly upgraded electrical power and capacity.

According to Motor Trend Magazine, the plug-in Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid will feature an electric motor that cranks out approximately 100 horsepower, which will be capable of propelling the SUV to highway speeds without assistance from the vehicle’s V6 engine. The electric motor is positioned between the engine and transmission, allowing the Cayenne e-Hybrid to operate as a 4WD vehicle even when it’s in electric-only mode.

The plug-in Cayenne’s 420-horsepower capability will come online only when the gas engine engages during hybrid mode. Porsche is not yet discussing all-electric range, but the use of a 10 kilowatt-hour battery pack suggests that it could be more than 20 miles. For comparative purposes, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s 4.4-kWh pack provides about 11 miles of EV-range, while the Ford C-Max Energi’s 7.6-kWh battery pack provides around 20 miles.

Another driving mode Porsche is investigating is the driver-selectable e-charge. It slightly increases engine output for a time, using the surplus to charge the battery, so that the vehicle becomes fully charged and ready to drive in electric-only mode.

For more information on the 2014 Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid, visit Chapman Porsche of Tucson.

The Porsche Cayenne has released its 2013 version, and the classic SUV continues to do nothing but improve. The Cayenne is now 363 pounds lighter, more dynamic, more comfortable, and closer to the road than ever before, all while continuing to have its off-road and towing capabilities.

The Cayenne comes standard with a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine complete with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust, and a variable resonance intake manifold – for a generous output and excellent fuel economy. The maximum torque of 295 lb-ft, 300 hp, a top track speed of 142 mph and an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.

The Cayenne also comes with Porsche Traction Management (PTM); this technology combines active all-wheel drive with an electronically variable multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR). There is also a high-performance six-speed manual gearbox, which ensures optimal progression through gears. All of these features enable the Cayenne to have the perfect combination of torque, handling, and traction that Porsche has come to be known for.

The newest model of the Cayenne comes with high-quality standard equipment including: partial-leather seats, climate control, the CDR audio system with touchscreen, cruise control and automatic headlight activation. Also standard is a ‘Welcome Home’ lighting function. This feature keeps the headlights illuminated for a user-defined period, so that when arriving at a dark destination the headlights will light a path away from your car.

Also new to this year’s U.S Cayenne lineup is the diesel powered Cayenne. While Europe has enjoyed the diesel version for years, it’s just now being brought to Porsche of Tucson.  The Diesel isn’t quite as powerful as its siblings. With 240 horsepower from its 3.0-liter V6, Porsche claims the Diesel will reach 60 mph in a decent 7.2 seconds. However, if drivers are looking to use the Cayenne as an actual SUV, this oil-burning option is perfect. The torque is outstanding, with 406 lb-ft from as low as 1750 rpm. This diesel can handle whatever you throw at it. The Diesel’s fuel economy is also great, coming in with 19 mpg city and 29 highway, which even tops the Cayenne S Hybrid (20/24mpg). The Diesel is also the second-most-affordable model in the lineup.

Head to your Arizona Porsche dealer for more information on the entire 2013 Porsche Cayenne line up.