2017 Porsche Cayenne Driving Impressions

The handling is exemplary, compared to virtually any other tall utility. The steering feel is excellent, relative to other SUVs. Surprisingly, there’s very little body roll. The grip in the corners is immense, on huge wheels and tires. This is not a sports car, however. The base model weighs nearly 4,500 pounds.

The ride can be stiff, which can be solved by buying the Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management air-suspension system, which we recommend. It improves handling and offers modes for the driver to set. It can make the ride both smoother and firmer.

The 3.6-liter V6 doesn’t deliver enough power to adequately propel 4,500 pounds, its 300 horsepower not meeting the standards of Porsche buyers who expect something special. The Cayenne S is more like it, with its twin-turbo V6 making 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The Cayenne Turbo makes 520 hp from its twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8. It rockets to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The Turbo S makes 570 hp and 590 lb-ft.

The S E-Hybrid plug-in, makes 416 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and electric motor. It shoots to sixty in 5.4 seconds, and can go 78 mph without even using the gas.

Off road, don’t expect a two-speed transfer case like Land Rover has. Instead Porsche has the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system with modes to get optimum grip on surfaces from snow to rocks.

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