2017 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche makes fantastic sports cars.  While the prices have gone up considerably over the past few years for their coveted cars, they are just as lustful.

Recently, we saw Porsche flip-flop the Cayman and Boxster so that the Cayman is actually the “entry level” Porsche.  Technically this makes sense, since the coupe is more affordable than the convertible car.

So for sports cars, Porsche has you covered.  While the price of the 911 has increased to be a $100,000 car, there are plenty of great options.

Outside of sports cars, Porsche offers SUV’s.  This venture into SUV’s seems to be popular for sports car makes recently.

Porsche offers the Macan and the Cayenne.  The latter has been around for a number of years, and is actually quite popular.

While the Porsche Cayenne essentially looks like a bloated dolphin, it sells pretty well.  Through out the years, the Cayenne has gotten more boastful and in-your-face.

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is a big SUV.  It is pretty much the opposite of what you think when someone says “Porsche”.  The Cayenne comes in a number of trim levels as well.  The pricing of a 2017 Porsche Cayenne runs from the mid $50,000 range all the way past $100,000.  Is it worth that big of a gap?

The Exterior-Porsche Cayenne 2017:

2017 Porsche Cayenne

It is really hard to un-see the dolphin in the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.  Between the looks of the Porsche Panamera and the Cayenne, I feel like the designers used to be marine biologists

Anyway, I’m not saying the 2017 Porsche Cayenne is an ugly SUV.  It is a bit bloated, but the lines are sleek and the stance is athletic.

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne has a very prestigious presence in every trim it is offered.  Going up to the Porsche Cayenne GTS trim, and you get a sports cars soul in a sea lions body.

While I’ll never understand the point of trying to make a sports car out of an SUV, the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Turbo S turn the SUV into a missile.

2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The rear end of the 2017 Porsche Cayenne is vast, to say the least.  The SUV sports a wing above the rear window, and massive exhaust tips in either a dual or quad fashion.

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne’s tail lights are re-worked to be sharper and more contoured.  The wide tires compliment the whole athletic positioning of the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.

I do prefer the Macan’s styling over the Cayenne, but the Porsche Cayenne has performed a lot better that I ever thought it could in the market.  It is a hot-selling dolphin.

The Interior-2017 Porsche Cayenne:

2017 Porsche Cayenne Interior

2017 is the last model year that the Porsche Cayenne will have some buttons on the inside.  In 2018, all the buttons will be gone.

As for now, there are a few different knobs and buttons that help you control the infotainment and air conditioning.  I am impressed though, since there are a lot of buttons and switches for a 2017 model car, but the lay out makes it look less cluttered.

This is also the last year that the instrument cluster will be at least somewhat analog.  In 2018, the Porsche Cayenne switches to a full digital display.  This is now a characteristic of most Volkswagen products, and I like that.

Porsche also uses a large center tunnel in all of their cars, making it easy for driver and passenger to access different controls.

The style of the interior changes a bit from trim to trim, with the Turbo S topping the range.  There are plenty of interior luxuries and driver aids as well, like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, four-zone climate control, ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control and more.

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne can seat up to seven passengers comfortably.  With the available four zone climate control, every passenger is in their own lap of luxury.  That is what the big Porsche is for, and it does it well.

The Performance-2017 Porsche Cayenne: 

Porsche offers a number of great engine options for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.  Recently, we’ve seen the Germans make a heavy push for electric vehicles, so it isn’t surprising that the Cayenne offers a plug-in hybrid option.

The bottom of the range for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne utilizes a 3.6 L V6 engine.  This unit produces just above 300 horses and 290 pound feet of torque.  The E-Hybrid model uses a (interestingly enough) twin-turbocharged 3.0 L V6 and an electric motor to power the wheels.  The 2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid produces an ample 416 horsepower.

If for some reason you want very fast dolphin, the 2017 Porsche Cayenne GTS boosts the 3.6 L V6 to 440 horse power.  If you want a very, VERY fast bottle-nose dolphin, the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S has you fitted with a 4.8 L V8 engine with 570 horses at its disposal.

Like I said before, this huge variation in engine options and trims creates a big price gap.  A base 2017 Porsche Cayenne will put you back around $60,000 and a pull-spec 2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will sting at around $160,000.  While a one hundred thousand dollar price difference from the same vehicle from the same manufacture is insane, they made the Cayenne just that.  Insane.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Luxury SUV
Power Plant: 3.6 L V6, 3.0 L TT V6, 4.8 L V8  (Est)
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic (est.)
Power: 300 – 570 HP (est.)
MPG: Up to 24 Highway, 18 City (est.)
Torque: 295 – 590 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 191 Inches (4.85 Meters) (est.)
Width: 79 Inches (2 Meters) (est.)
Height: 67 Inches (1.7 Meters) (est.)
Wheelbase: 114 Inches (2.89 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 170 MPH (273.5 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 5 – 7 passengers
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7.3 sec – 3.8 sec. (est.)
Base Price: $60,000 – $160,000 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is for a special market.  Those who don’t care how much space they take up and have the money to spend usually go for this monster in one of its seven trim levels.

The release date for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne was in fall 2016, so if you’re in the market, there is a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S with your name on it.

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