2008 Porsche Cayenne Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$43,400-$93,700
$38,797-$81,859
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Second-generation Cayenne features new design

  • Direct fuel injection adds power and increases fuel economy

  • New 405-hp Cayenne GTS model

  • V-8 engines are equipped with Porsche VarioCam Plus variable valve control

  • New standard Trailer Stability Control and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS)

  • Latest safety features include rollover sensor
Overview
Porsche skips right over the 2007 model year to roll out the \"second generation\" Cayenne sport utility vehicle (SUV), their best-selling model in North America. While the first Cayenne underscored the \"sport\" in SUV, this next Cayenne shows off an updated body design and bears an array of more powerful engines across the full model range. A new model for 2008, the 405-hp Cayenne GTS slots itself between the 500-hp Cayenne Turbo and the slightly less powerful 385-hp Cayenne S.

Model Lineup
Although it is not an entirely new design, the Cayenne has been heavily reworked for 2008-Porsche considers it a second-generation-and the lineup contains four different Cayenne models: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS, and Cayenne Turbo. According to Porsche, while most manufacturers simply put larger engines and more luxury amenities in their more expensive models, Porsche's approach is more comprehensive: it includes increasingly effective braking systems and upgraded suspensions at the higher end of the lineup. However, there is no such thing as a base model Cayenne-even the standard Cayenne is outfitted with 6-piston brakes and fully independent control-arm suspension.

New features for 2008 include a standard Sports mode for all Cayenne engines; standard power rear liftgate; the availability of 21-inch wheels; a rail-mounted cargo management system; and XM satellite radio. Second-generation Cayennes also can be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control that features so-called active anti-roll bars that almost completely offset body roll in turns, Porsche says, improving handling, comfort, and safety on road while also providing enhanced traction off-pavement. Other new features include headlamps that turn to provide a better view through curves, trailer stability control for towing, and ABS that works on- or off-pavement.

Powertrain
Each of the four Cayenne models for 2008 is equipped with a unique engine. The standard model, the Cayenne, is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 290 hp, enough to propel the sport utility from a standing start to 60 mph in some 7.5 seconds, the automaker claims. The Porsche Cayenne S model draws on a 4.8-liter V-8 engine that generates 385 hp, good for a similar sprint in less than 6.5 seconds, and yet it also achieves ultra low-emission vehicle status. New for 2008, the Cayenne GTS offers a V-8 engine with 405 hp pulling it to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds. Finally, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers a twin-turbocharged version of the 4.8-liter V-8 engine pumping out 500 hp and propelling the Porsche of SUVs to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and on to a top speed of more than 170 mph. All Cayenne models share a similar 6-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission (with the exception of slightly different final drive ratios in each model). The Cayenne and Cayenne GTS are both available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Porsche covers all 2008 Cayenne models with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Safety
Standard safety features on every 2008 Porsche Cayenne include six air bags: dual front, dual side, and dual curtain. In addition, all Cayenne models are equipped with standard Porsche Stability Management including pre-loading of the braking system, ABS, and a new Trailer Stability Control. Safety features are enhanced for 2008 with a new rollover sensor that triggers belt latch tensioners and side curtain air bags to reduce the risk of injury for all occupants in a rollover. The Porsche Cayenne has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
All 2008 Porsche Cayenne models feature engines with direct fuel injection. This technology highly pressurizes the fuel before precisely injecting it directly into the combustion chamber. With direct fuel injection, the fuel delivery and injection timing are electronically managed based on the load of the engine. This optimizes fuel delivery allowing higher compression ratios and permitting the engine to run in an ultra-lean mode under many operating conditions. All of this adds up to combustion that is more efficient, the maker claims, resulting in increased power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Second-generation Cayenne features new design

  • Direct fuel injection adds power and increases fuel economy

  • New 405-hp Cayenne GTS model

  • V-8 engines are equipped with Porsche VarioCam Plus variable valve control

  • New standard Trailer Stability Control and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS)

  • Latest safety features include rollover sensor
Overview
Porsche skips right over the 2007 model year to roll out the \"second generation\" Cayenne sport utility vehicle (SUV), their best-selling model in North America. While the first Cayenne underscored the \"sport\" in SUV, this next Cayenne shows off an updated body design and bears an array of more powerful engines across the full model range. A new model for 2008, the 405-hp Cayenne GTS slots itself between the 500-hp Cayenne Turbo and the slightly less powerful 385-hp Cayenne S.

Model Lineup
Although it is not an entirely new design, the Cayenne has been heavily reworked for 2008-Porsche considers it a second-generation-and the lineup contains four different Cayenne models: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS, and Cayenne Turbo. According to Porsche, while most manufacturers simply put larger engines and more luxury amenities in their more expensive models, Porsche's approach is more comprehensive: it includes increasingly effective braking systems and upgraded suspensions at the higher end of the lineup. However, there is no such thing as a base model Cayenne-even the standard Cayenne is outfitted with 6-piston brakes and fully independent control-arm suspension.

New features for 2008 include a standard Sports mode for all Cayenne engines; standard power rear liftgate; the availability of 21-inch wheels; a rail-mounted cargo management system; and XM satellite radio. Second-generation Cayennes also can be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control that features so-called active anti-roll bars that almost completely offset body roll in turns, Porsche says, improving handling, comfort, and safety on road while also providing enhanced traction off-pavement. Other new features include headlamps that turn to provide a better view through curves, trailer stability control for towing, and ABS that works on- or off-pavement.

Powertrain
Each of the four Cayenne models for 2008 is equipped with a unique engine. The standard model, the Cayenne, is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 290 hp, enough to propel the sport utility from a standing start to 60 mph in some 7.5 seconds, the automaker claims. The Porsche Cayenne S model draws on a 4.8-liter V-8 engine that generates 385 hp, good for a similar sprint in less than 6.5 seconds, and yet it also achieves ultra low-emission vehicle status. New for 2008, the Cayenne GTS offers a V-8 engine with 405 hp pulling it to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds. Finally, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers a twin-turbocharged version of the 4.8-liter V-8 engine pumping out 500 hp and propelling the Porsche of SUVs to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and on to a top speed of more than 170 mph. All Cayenne models share a similar 6-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission (with the exception of slightly different final drive ratios in each model). The Cayenne and Cayenne GTS are both available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Porsche covers all 2008 Cayenne models with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Safety
Standard safety features on every 2008 Porsche Cayenne include six air bags: dual front, dual side, and dual curtain. In addition, all Cayenne models are equipped with standard Porsche Stability Management including pre-loading of the braking system, ABS, and a new Trailer Stability Control. Safety features are enhanced for 2008 with a new rollover sensor that triggers belt latch tensioners and side curtain air bags to reduce the risk of injury for all occupants in a rollover. The Porsche Cayenne has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
All 2008 Porsche Cayenne models feature engines with direct fuel injection. This technology highly pressurizes the fuel before precisely injecting it directly into the combustion chamber. With direct fuel injection, the fuel delivery and injection timing are electronically managed based on the load of the engine. This optimizes fuel delivery allowing higher compression ratios and permitting the engine to run in an ultra-lean mode under many operating conditions. All of this adds up to combustion that is more efficient, the maker claims, resulting in increased power, better fuel economy, and lower emissions.
Available Trims for the 2008 Porsche Cayenne
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name AWD 4dr Tiptronic Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 46400.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name S (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 57900.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name Turbo (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 93700.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
Name AWD 4dr Man Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 43400.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name GTS (AWD 4dr Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 69200.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
Name GTS (AWD 4dr Tiptronic) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 72200.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
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INTERIOR
  • Metal-look interior
  • Leather 12-way pwr front bucket seats w/lumbar
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke adjustable multifunction steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Alarm system with ultrasonic interior surveillance, inclination sensor
  • Electronic immobilizer w/in-key transponder
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD-inc: 12 speakers
  • Manual air conditioning w/integrated charcoal/pollen filter
  • Rear window defogger
  • Homelink garage door opener
  • Lockable air conditioned glovebox & front passenger seat storage compartment
  • Stainless steel door entry guard & pedal pads
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • Dual front/rear adjustable cup holders
  • (6) aux pwr outlets
  • Iluminated vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lamps
  • Retractable luggage compartment cover w/detachable storage cassette, pull-out luggage net
  • Automatic climate control w/dual front passenger controls-inc: auto air recirculation system w/air quality sensor, particle/pollen/carbon filter
  • Aluminum-look interior
  • Full leather 12-way pwr heated comfort front bucket seats w/enhanced memory & lumbar
  • 60/40 split folding heated rear seats
  • Heated multifunction 3-spoke steering wheel w/pwr adjustment
  • PCM info & navigation system
  • Bose AM/FM radio-inc: CD player, 14-speakers, subwoofer, MP3 capability
  • Front/rear parking assist system
  • Leather 12-way pwr front sport bucket seats w/lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped thicker 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel w/pwr adjustment
  • Alcantara trim-inc: door pull handles, door trim panels, shift lever, center console, armrest inlay, roofliner/columns
  • Aluminum trim
EXTERIOR
  • Heat-insulating laminated glass w/enhanced reflectivity, rear privacy glass
  • Pwr heated retractable mirrors
  • Heated windshield washers
  • Integrated front/rear fog lights
  • Rain-sensing front wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • Rear window wiper/washer w/delay
  • Pwr tailgate latch
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps w/dynamic leveling, washers, dynamically controlled static cornering light
  • Roof rails
  • Front apron w/enlarged air inlets
MECHANICAL
  • 3.6L DOHC SMPI 24-valve V6 engine
  • Variable valve timing
  • 6-speed tiptronic transmission w/OD
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanent all-wheel drive
  • Fully galvanized steel body w/integrated frame
  • Front independent double wishbone suspension
  • Rear independent multi-link suspension
  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P235/65R17 tires
  • 17" collapsible spare tire
  • 17" x 7.5" Cayenne alloy wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes w/6-piston front/4-piston rear aluminum fixed calipers
  • Brake pad wear sensors w/in dash warning light
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system
  • (2) exhaust outlets in matte silver finish
  • 4.8L DOHC SMPI aluminum 32-valve V8 engine
  • Variocam Plus
  • Dry sump lubrication
  • P255/55ZR18 tires
  • 18" collapsible spare tire
  • 18" x 8" Cayenne S II alloy wheels
  • 4.8L DOHC SMPI aluminum twin-turbocharged 32-valve V8 engine
  • Air suspension w/self-leveling ride height control, Porsche active suspension management (PASM)
  • 18" x 8" Cayenne Turbo II alloy wheels
  • Servotronic speed-sensitive pwr steering system
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Lowered air suspension
  • P295/35ZR21 all-season tires
  • 21" Cayenne sport alloy wheels w/Porsche crest in wheel hub
  • Red brake calipers
  • Sport exhaust system w/(2) chrome-plated stainless steel dual tube tailpipes
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Driver & front passenger frontal airbags
    • Front side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • Front airbag deactivation
    • Side-guard door beams
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners, front force limiters
    • Child seat UCRA anchors on outer rear seats
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