Porsche Cayenne S

From Porsche press:  The “S” affixed to a Porsche model has always been an indication of heightened performance and abundant reserves of power. With the Cayenne S, the special letter isn’t your only visual clue: The black slats on the air intakes and the 18-inch Cayenne S III wheels also hint at what lies within.

Under the hood, the new, lighter Cayenne S is fitted with a 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine that deploys Direct Fuel Injection (DFI, p. 28), VarioCam Plus (p. 27) and a two-stage intake manifold to create 400 horsepower and maximum torque of 369 lb.-ft. Top track speed is 160 mph, and the Cayenne S accelerates from 0–60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds. All this with impressive fuel economy, thanks to a weight reduction of 397 pounds.

Of course, to apply exceptional power like this requires precise control. Drive is transmitted to the road by the eight-speed Tiptronic S; it includes two ergonomic switches for manual gear changes on the standard multifunction steering wheel.

The new Cayenne S also uses Porsche Traction Management (PTM, p. 36). This active all-wheel- drive system features an electronically variable, map- controlled multi-plate clutch, an Automatic Brake Differential (ABD, p. 34) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR, p. 34). Working in conjunction with the advanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM, p. 56), PTM ensures the required torque split in every driving scenario, whether on-road or off-, during spirited driving or leisurely journeys, or even when towing heavy loads.

Other features that are standard include the Bluetooth® hands-free phone interface, universal audio interface, AUX-in and a moonroof.

The new Cayenne S has a 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI, p. 28), VarioCam Plus (p. 27) and a two-stage intake manifold. The unit delivers 400 horsepower at 6500 rpm. Maximum torque of 369 lb.-ft. is available at 3500 rpm.

With the standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S is capable of accelerating from 0–60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Top track speed is 160 mph.

Gallery: Porsche Cayenne S