While most of the Cayenne clients never took their SUV beast off-roading, Porsche from the get go developed the model as a capable SUV – even more so since it shared the platform with the VW Touareg.
Since the inception of the first generation Cayenne, people have cherished or hated the model – but anyways it appears the former were outnumbering the latter by a huge margin, as stated by the model’s success internationally. That’s because way back in 2002 when it first appeared, it practically reworked the idea of luxury SUV. It looked exactly like a huge rock but it was just as capable as your normal sports-oriented sedan when hitting the streets. And the Cayenne Turbo made sure you could hit the mountain passes at mind-blistering speeds, thanks to its turbocharged 4.5-liter V8 engine developing 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 460 pound-feet of torque (620 Newton meters), good for an acceleration time of 5.3 seconds to 62 mph.
While Porsche purists can’t look at it even after all these years, the model was an instant hit. And while the Cayenne is not really a Range Rover when the tough gets going, it’s more than proficient when off the beaten path. It has what it takes – low-range transmission, locking differentials, and great ground clearance thanks to the air suspension.