2009 Porsche Cayenne

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What Changed for 2009:
  • More powerful engine in the Cayenne Turbo S model
  • Upgraded brakes on Cayenne Turbo model
  • Updated PCM navigation interface
  • New optional Alcantara sport seats
  • PCCB ceramic brakes optional on many models
  • Two new optional paint choices
Launched in 2003, the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle (SUV) was a marked departure from theautomaker's generations of sports cars that preceded it. The 5-passenger SUV boasted both on- and off-road prowess, and a choice between 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants. While it shared many common components with the Volkswagen Touareg (including the chassis), the Cayenne was designed, tuned and manufactured exclusively by Porsche. Regardless of the admonishment by Porsche purists, the Cayenne was a sales success for the automaker (eventually out-selling the venerable 911). In 2008, the \"second-generation\" Cayenne arrived. While it wasn't an all-new design, it carried significant upgrades including a revised body design and reworked engines. For 2009, Porsche has again made changes to the Cayenne with the introduction of the Turbo S model, an upgraded infotainment center, and new performance options.

Porsche offers a standard 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty on the 2009 Cayenne. A roadside assistance program mirrors the duration of the limited warranty, while a limited corrosion warranty extends a full 10 years, regardless of mileage.

Model Lineup
There are five different 2009 Porsche Cayenne models in the lineup: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S. While most manufacturers simply put larger engines and more luxury amenities in their more expensive models, the Porsche approach is significantly more comprehensive. Each model in the lineup gains larger brakes and upgraded suspensions as it approaches the flagship model Cayenne Turbo S. However, there is no such thing as a base model-even the standard Cayenne is outfitted with 6-piston brakes and a fully independent control-arm suspension.

All Porsche Cayenne models for 2009 are equipped with a full complement of convenience accessories including power windows, power door locks, power seats and cruise control. For the 2008 model year, Porsche updated the SUV with 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. Other standard features include active headlamps that turn to provide a better view through curves, trailer stability control for towing and anti-lock braking that works on or off pavement. While it is standard on the Turbo S model, all other Cayenne models may be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control that features active anti-roll bars that almost completely offset body roll in turns, improving handling, comfort and safety on-road while also providing enhanced traction off pavement, Porsche says. Also new for 2009 is the enhanced Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) with fewer keys and a touch screen to simplify use.

Each of the five Porsche Cayenne models for 2009 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, Porsche claims. EPA fuel-economy estimates for this engine are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The Porsche Cayenne S model draws on a 4.8-liter V-8 engine that generates 385 hp, good for a similar sprint in 6.4 seconds, and yet it also achieves ultra-low vehicle-emission status (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway). Introduced for 2008, the Cayenne GTS offers a specially tuned 4.8-liter V-8 engine with 405 hp pulling it to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway). Then there is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo with its twin-turbocharged version of the 4.8-liter V-8 engine pumping out 500 hp and propelling the Porsche of sport utilities to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 170 mph (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway). At the top of the model range is the Cayenne Turbo S, with a specially tuned, twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V-8 engine. It is rated at 550 hp, making it the most powerful Cayenne ever built, according to the company (EPA fuel-economy estimates of 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway).

All 2009 Porsche Cayenne models share a 6-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission (with the exception of slightly different final drive ratios in each model). In a unique offering for a sport utility vehicle of this size, the Cayenne and Cayenne GTS are both available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Cayenne's brakes have been upgraded for 2009 with the availability of the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) package. According to Porsche, the package's cross-drilled carbon fiber reinforced brake discs are able to withstand very high heat, offering more consistent vehicle braking and longer brake life.

Standard safety features on every 2009 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, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and a new Trailer Stability Control. Safety features are enhanced with an electronic 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 2009 Porsche Cayenne has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

All 2009 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 efficient \"ultra-lean\" mode under many operating conditions. According to Porsche, all of this adds up to combustion that is not wasteful-equating to increased power, better fuel economy and lower emissions.

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  • Name AWD 4dr Man Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 44600.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name AWD 4dr Tiptronic Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 47600.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name S (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 59400.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
  • Name GTS (AWD 4dr Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 70900.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
  • Name GTS (AWD 4dr Tiptronic) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 73900.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
  • Name Turbo (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 97700.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
  • Name Turbo S (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 123600.00 Engine 4.8L/293 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
  • Leather 12-way pwr front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats
  • Dual front/rear adjustable cup holders
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke multifunction adjustable steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Homelink garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Alarm system -inc: ultrasonic interior surveillance, inclination sensor
  • Electronic immobilizer w/in-key transponder
  • Manual air conditioning w/integrated carbon filter
  • Rear window defogger
  • Lockable air conditioned glovebox -inc: front passenger seat storage compartment
  • (6) auxiliary pwr outlets
  • Metal-look interior trim
  • Iluminated vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lamps
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • Retractable luggage compartment cover -inc: detachable storage cassette, pull-out luggage net
  • Stainless steel door entry guards -inc: pedal pads
  • Automatic climate control -inc: separate controls for driver & passenger, integrated carbon filter
  • Leather 12-way pwr front sport bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped thicker 3-spoke pwr multifunction steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Alcantara trim -inc: door pull handles, door trim panels, shift lever, center console, armrest inlay, roofliner/columns
  • Full leather 12-way pwr heated front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar, enhanced seat memory
  • 60/40 split folding heated rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke pwr heated multifunction steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Aluminum-look interior trim
  • Full leather 12-way pwr heated comfort front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar, enhanced seat memory
  • Porsche crest in headrest
  • Leather-wrapped two-tone thicker 3-spoke pwr heated multifunction steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Carbon-look interior trim
  • 17" x 7.5" Cayenne alloy wheels
  • P235/65ZR17 all-season tires
  • 17" collapsible spare tire
  • Black roof rail mounts
  • Integrated front/rear fog lights
  • Pwr heated retractable mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rain-sensing front wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • Rear window wiper
  • Pwr tailgate latch
  • 18" x 8" Cayenne S II alloy wheels
  • P255/55ZR18 all-season tires
  • 18" collapsible spare tire
  • Pwr heated retractable mirrors w/memory
  • 21" x 10" Cayenne sport alloy wheels -inc: wheel hubs w/colored crests
  • P295/35ZR21 performance summer tires
  • Front apron w/enlarged air inlets
  • 19" x 9" Cayenne design alloy wheels
  • P275/45ZR19 performance summer tires
  • 19" collapsible spare tire
  • Brushed aluminum roof rails
  • Bi-xenon headlamps -inc: washers, dynamic leveling, dynamically controlled static cornering light
  • 21" x 10" Cayenne sport plus alloy wheels -inc: wheel hub covers w/colored Porsche crest
  • 3.6L DOHC SMPI 24-valve V6 engine
  • Variable valve timing
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • All wheel drive
  • Fully galvanized steel body w/integrated frame
  • Front independent double wishbone suspension
  • Rear independent multi-link suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes -inc: 6-piston front/4-piston rear aluminum fixed calipers
  • Black brake calipers
  • Brake pad wear sensors
  • (2) exhaust tailpipes in matte silver finish
  • 6-speed tiptronic transmission w/OD
  • 4.8L DOHC SMPI aluminum 32-valve V8 engine
  • Variocam Plus
  • Dry sump lubrication
  • Silver brake calipers
  • Lowered air suspension
  • Red brake calipers
  • Sport exhaust system -inc: (2) chrome-plated stainless steel dual tube tailpipes
  • 4.8L DOHC SMPI aluminum twin-turbocharged 32-valve V8 engine
  • Air suspension w/Porsche active suspension management (PASM) -inc: load leveling system, height adjustment feature
  • Servotronic speed-sensitive pwr steering system
  • 4-tube exhaust sports tailpipes
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system
    • Porsche stability management (PSM)
    • Porsche traction management (PTM)
    • Side-guard door beams
    • Driver & front passenger frontal airbags
    • Front side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • Front airbag deactivation
    • 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners -inc: front force limiters
    • Child seat UCRA anchors on outer rear seats
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Front/rear park assist
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (12) speakers, 5" monochrome display, MP3 capability
    • Bose surround sound system -inc: (14) speakers, 410-watts
    • Porsche communication management 3.0 (PCM) -inc: 6.5" screen, touchscreen controls, AM/FM stereo w/integrated CD/MP3 player, radio data system (RDS), DVD-based navigation module on-board computer

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