As far as SUVs go, the Porsche Cayenne has been the benchmark for performance for about 15 years now. It’s easy to see why. They managed to make and SUV that can outhandle and outperform most cars.
As Tyler Hoover pointed out, the Cayenne Turbo is the class leader for a good reason. It hauls ass like no other. Sure, the Trackhawk has 707 hp, but it lacks in the same driving dynamics as the Cayenne.
(Full Disclosure: Porsche wanted me to drive a Cayenne so bad that they signed an long-ass contract with EA for exclusive access to the licensing for their cars. After many years of everyone bitching about it and how awful EA games are, their contract finally ended in 2017, which allowed us to have access to Porsches in Forza. They included this in a Forzathon event God knows how long ago, but I was able to snag a few from the auction house.)
When Porsche added the Cayenne to Horizon 3, my first Xbox One game, I knew I had to grab a few to paint in special colors. This one was no exception. From 2011 forward, the Cayenne has been available in an array of special colors that make the 911's color palette look plain and boring. Amethyst Metallic is a lovely deep metallic purple that looks stunning in direct sunlight. Sand Yellow is a beautiful yellow that’s basically a classy metallic Speed Yellow. I even remember that Motor Trend had a long term Sand Yellow Cayenne S Hybrid back in 2012.
The color I chose to show is called Peridot Green Metallic, an exclusive color available on the Cayman R and the Cayenne lineup from 2012 until 2014. You can still get it today, but it’s special order nowadays.
If you want the color code for it, let me know.
I also chose to spec it with the gloss black 21 inch wheels, carbon fibre mirror caps, and carbon fibre spoiler.
Now, about the car:
It has a twin-turbocharged 4.5 liter V8 with 500 hp that gets the Cayenne to 60 in 4.2 seconds. It tops out at 175 mph.
It also handles really nicely for an SUV. I found it keeping pace with an M2 outside of Surfers’ Paradise.
The car has the 8-speed ZF “Tiptronic S” torque converter automatic. The gears are surprisingly tall for an 8-speed, but it gets the Cayenne up to speed quickly.
I have no complaints about it at all. Next to the Macan Turbo, this should be a go-to car for anyone who’s been able to snag one from a Forzathon or from the auction house.
2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Price: 100,000 CR
Engine: 4.5 twin-turbo V8
HP: 500 hp
0-60: 4.2 seconds
T/S: 175 mph
Now it’s time for the Dougscore.
And for more of my thoughts on the Cayenne, click the link below to check out my column on dougsteer.com/demurotrader