Porsche Cayenne Turbo 

  • $89k
  • 2002
  • 444 HP 4.5L
  • 164 mph
Here, the performance is as smooth as it is forceful, the exhaust note takes on a hard woofly burble (far more palpable to outsiders than it is inside the cockpit), and the Cayenne feels utterly and effortlessly in control of the fast lane.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
Thanks to its VarioCam intake-valve timing, the motor produces peak torque of 457 pound-feet between 2250 and 4750 rpm and a nice fat 450 horsepower at 6000 rpm.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2003)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo


Cayenne Turbo
5.5 s
Audi S8
3.9 s

Top speed

Cayenne Turbo
164 mph
Skyline GT-R
111 mph
911 Turbo S S
195 mph


Cayenne Turbo
15.7 s
M5 (E60)
9.2 s
9.5 s

1/4 mile

Cayenne Turbo
14 s
911 Turbo S S
11.5 s
M5 (E60)
12.3 s

Data points Key details of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo


Cayenne Turbo


Cayenne Turbo
444 HP
Skyline GT-R
276 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The manual 'box is superb and helps keep the modest engine on the boil.
by EVO (Jan, 2004)
The Cayenne reactor is a twin-turbo, quad-cam 4.5-liter V-8 with dry-sump and other fancy plumbing to keep it oily and cool in extreme off-roading.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2003)
The Cayenne stands 66.9 inches high and is 75.9 inches wide, and with a drag coefficient of 0.39, pushing the SUV to big velocities takes a mighty engine.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)


The swell in power and torque is sufficient to propel the 2355kg machine to 62mph in 5.2sec, 100mph in 11.9sec (some 2.6sec faster than the Turbo) and on to a top speed of 167mph.
by EVO (Feb, 2006)
C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 8.8 sec Zero to 100 mph: 26.0 sec Street start, 5-60 mph: 10.4 sec Standing 1/4-mile: 16.7 sec @ 83 mph Top speed (drag limited): 125 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 175 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2005)
It then holds the gears to the 6700-rpm cutout, instead of changing up at the 6500-rpm redline in drive.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)


As you might expect, it takes an extraordinary exertion of technology to achieve excellent handling with this much mass while still retaining ride comfort.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2003)
The Cayenne denies its mass by feeling quite maneuverable, even agile, but it's the ride comfort and body control that are most remarkable.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
The rearward handling bias aims to provide something approaching traditional Porsche handling.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)


Porsche built a compact, all-alloy, 4.5-liter V-8 (forget rumors of its being based on the 928 V-8) with all the trickery the firm could muster: infinite intake camshaft adjustment (VarioCam), forged pistons cooled by oil injection jets, quad cams, twin turbos with intercoolers, and coil-on-plug ignition.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
Which is a shame because the Turbo has more than enough grunt to make fast driving all too easy.
by Top Gear (May, 2010)
Under the deal, struck in 1998, Porsche and Volkswagen jointly set the hard points of the platform, VW engineered details such as the electrical architecture, and each company did its own engines, styling, and chassis tuning.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2002)

Body style

Reminds us of all the SUV owners we saw in ditches last winter who thought their SUVs made them invincible.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2003)
Porsche's SUV changes direction quickly and fluently, the body remaining flat on all but tight corners.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2003)
It is the "Porsche of SUVs.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2003)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Porsche
Price $88,900
Year 2002

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.67 lb/hp
Maximum hp 444 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 462 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM
Max RPM 6,400 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 4,500 cc
Cylinders V8
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.66 in / 3.27 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 5,181 lb
Width 75.9 in
Height 66.9 in
Length 188.4 in
Front track width 64.8 in
Wheelbase 112.4 in

road tests

Top speed 164 mph
1/4 mile 14 s
0-60mph 5.5 s
0-100mph 15.7 s
0-200kph 26.4 s
Drag coefficient 0.38


Drivetrain 4WD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 4.1:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203
Rear wheels 457/? 203
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