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Does the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV Stack Up for the Price?

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On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:34AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Does the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV Stack Up for the Price?

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV is supposed to—according to some rumors circulating around the web, and according to bits that have been pitter-pattered online—offer a more refined exterior, a sleek and leaner interior, and, of course, that oh, so desirable, Audi supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Last year’s model had the six-cylinder VW Group engine, but not this time around. With a bit of a lighter chass—is, according to rumors, and less weight overall, combined with a faster, more fuel-efficient and powerful engine, the Porsche Cayenne SUV is one robust off road vehicle.

According to a report recently published on Car & Driver Magazine, “The naturally aspirated V-8 will be good for around 400 hp and the turbocharged V-8 will make near 500 hp.”

But who would ever want to take a car that is speculated to cost you around 50k on an off-road adventure that could scratch the pretty little paint job?


Will there be a green version for us earth-friendly yuppies?

According to an early May article published on Car and Driver Magazine, yes. There will be a ‘green car’ model available for about the same price as the gas-powered one. According to their speculation, “Porsche also will offer a gas/electric hybrid version using the supercharged Audi engine, with combined output of 374 hp. Europeans will be able to order a diesel Cayenne with either the excellent 3.0-liter, 240-hp TDI V-6 or a possible 300-hp version of that same mill, which would receive its power boost through the use of two turbos or both super- and turbo charging.”

Comparable Models

The most comparable models to this car would easily have to be, as Car and Driver Magazine agrees: the Audi Q7 and the Volkswagen Touareg—because according to their reviews the Audi does offer three-row seating; but then again, let us be realistic here for a moment. Here is a car company that has come a long way from making the famous 911 racecars that were highway supermodels back during the days when even some California Highway Patrol officers were equipped with these high-octane turbo-boosted ‘chase-sufficient’ vehicles. However, when you really take good look at the competition, there are little variances as far as features, amenities, and the overall price you will shell out.

Currently, according to Car and Driver, the 2010 Cayenne AWD 4dr Man model costs about $46,475 US, well equipped. That means that we could expect the 2011 model—depending upon what costly features you add: turbo model, or hybrid model, and dealer add-ons like an extended warranty plan, paint protection, and that sort of thing—somewhere in the world of fifty grand, or so. At best guess, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV, well-equipped and flaunting a very punchy Audi supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, could run you anywhere from fifty-five to sixty thousand dollars US.

That’s around $595 per month financed, if you have good credit—and you can get financed.

And let us not forget the insurance bill either.

After looking at some national insurance quotes online for the 2010 Cayenne AWD 4dr Man model, it would cost around $200 US per month, on average, to insure this SUV. So you do get a pretty smoking hot ride, a well-made car with an excellent reputation and a great warranty. But such fineries in life will cost you a bit of coin. Around $900 US or so per month, with insurance.

Then again, what ‘luxury’ anything doesn’t cost you some dough these days?

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