While many enthusiasts have disparaged the Cayenne, the fact is that Porsche is able to continue building its rather extensive lineup of 911s because of all the money it makes on the large crossover vehicle. For that reason alone, Porsche fans should be excited about changes to the 2015 lineup that should make the crossover even more competitive in the market.
All models receive a refreshed front and rear end that include a new hood, front bumper, front fenders, bi-xenon headlights, daytime running LEDS, lower rear fascia, taillights, tailgate handle, and exhaust pipes. All models feature forced induction, so Porsche has also added new air fins on each side up front, which sends air to the intercoolers. The interior has also been upgraded with sport steering wheel that was adapted from the 918, as well as reconfigured seats for greater comfort, which can also be had with ventilation.
As mentioned before, every engine for the new Cayenne lineup uses forced induction. There is no base model for 2015, but the Diesel comes with the same 3.0-liter turbo engine as before. The Cayenne S features a meaty 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 that closely resembles the engine in the Macan Turbo, pumping out 420 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Porsche says the S can reach 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.
There is an S E-Hybrid model that uses a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine that puts out 333 horsepower. That’s teamed up with an electric motor that produces 95 horsepower, making an impressive combined output of 416 horsepower. The model is a plug-in hybrid, bringing the total number of plug-ins for Porsche to three. It can also go up to 78 mph using just the electric motor and can hit a hybrid top speed of 151 mph.
The Cayenne Turbo has returned, bringing with it borderline crazy performance for a crossover. Even though it uses the same 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, output has been increased to 520 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 60 takes just 4.2 seconds, while adding the Sport Chrono package drops it to 4.1 seconds.