The Porsche Cayenne SUV comes in several different variants this year, including the: the base trim (with a starting MSRP of $48,200), the Tiptronic trim (with a starting price of $51,200), the sporty S trim (with a starting price of $65,000), and a Turbo trim (with a starting price of $107,100). There's also a Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid model, which has a starting price of $69,000.
This review will focus on the 2012 Porsche Cayenne S SUV, which is one sporty step up from the base trim. Last year, the Cayenne received a complete redesign, so the 2012 model is much the same as the 2011 model, with a few minor updates, including a fresh, optional blind-spot warning system. The five-passenger Porsche Cayenne SUV is available with fantastic standard features, which include: Bluetooth connection, a split-rear seat, a refrigerated glove compartment, Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment System, leather seats, Cruise Control, a 12-speaker sound system, an anti-theft system, and a HomeLink programmable garage door opener. As far as fuel economy ratings go, the Cayenne achieves 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
As far as power is concerned, the Porsche Cayenne S is equipped with a 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 369lb.-ft. of torque (both of which are quite an improvement from the base model) and boasts a top track speed of 160 mph. A Tiptronic S 8-speed automatic transmission comes standard, as does all-wheel-drive. There is no manual transmission available for this model. The Cayenne S has a zero-to-sixty time of an amazingly quick 5.6 seconds, which is quite impressive for an SUV. Overall, after review, we can say that the 2012 Porsche Cayenne S SUV boasts a powerful V8 engine, an expertly-crafted interior, superb handling, and a large buffet of available options.