2020 Porsche Cayenne Performance

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2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV Performance, 0-60, Top Speed and MPG

Updated on: October 12, 2020

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The 2020 Porsche Cayenne is a performance-oriented crossover SUV, capable of delivering a dynamic driving experience. This SUV is surprisingly athletic for its size. This Cayenne is still a proud Porsche, nowhere to disappoint you with its power and superb handling.

Engine and Transmission

Originated from the scorching track flare and to embark upon the best motorsport experience, Porsche is a name synonymous with extravagant performance. The base Cayenne offers exciting and efficient powertrain with a turbocharged 3.0L V-6 engine standard. The mill churns 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Do these numbers translate into a Porsche performance?, Undoubtedly yes! Foremost is the low rpm usage, Cayenne charges almost instantly. The 2020 Cayenne, even the base, drives the way you want it to be driven. Be it the in the criss-cross urban streets, straight-line journey on a highway or a race track.

2020 Porsche Cayenne engine bay

The acoustic signature announces the arrival of the Cayenne, making the engaging drive even more arresting. The standard all-wheel-drive paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is not the Porsche’s best but that doesn’t mean its bad. The dual-clutch transmission offers a wide ratio spread of gears, and quick response whether up or down.

Models

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

MSRP

$66,800

$51,750

$61,200

$55,095

Engine

3.0L V6 Turbo

3.5L V6

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

3.6L V6

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5300 rpm

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

310 hp @ 6700 rpm

Torque

332 ft-lbs. @ 1340 rpm

268 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

330 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

271 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

The Porsche Cayenne comes out as the most powerful SUV in this segment with 33 ponies and 332 lb.-ft. of peak torque, which kicks in as early as 1340 rpm. However, its the BMW X5 that pits in a worthy fight to the Cayenne with almost the same power figures. The Cadillac XT5 rakes in the third spot, while the Lexus RX 350 lags much behind getting a nice view of taillamps of all its contenders. 

Acceleration

Cayenne is the biggest car flaunting a Porsche badge and contrary to its SUV image, it charges down with vigor as if a sports sedan. The Porsche performance appeal makes the Cayenne unique in its class with unrivaled low-end torque. The base Cayenne takes 5.9 seconds to touch 60 mph. The available Sport Chrono package makes the quick, even quicker with 0-60 mmph time of 5.6 seconds.

2020 Porsche Cayenne hits 0-60 mph just in 5.9 sec

Porsche designs each Cayenne with a unique character and purpose with Cayenne S and Turbo models made extremely muscular. The base Cayenne has plenty of power and provides thrilling acceleration. The Cayenne, in its Turbo avatar, can do the 0-60 sprint in just 3.9 seconds

Models

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 xDrive40i AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

0-60 MPH

5.9

6.8

5.3

6.6

Quarter mile

N/A

15.3

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.0L V6 Turbo

3.5L V6

3.0L I-6 Turbo

3.6L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

7.7

8.0

8.0

The eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive come standard irrespective of the powerplants. Well calibrated transmission shifts quickly to meet the diversified demand and driving conditions. The true and immovable focus of Porsche on the utmost driving enjoyment makes even the base Cayenne a valuable prospect. The available adjustable air-suspension can be lowered to reduce the ground clearance, giving the Cayenne a low coupe-like stature for better acceleration and thrill.

Ride and Handling

The performance appeal of the Porsche can’t be explained without mention of the superb handling and athleticism, Cayenne showcases. With no performance upgrade, the base Cayenne is a capable machine that moves quietly and steadily on the highway speeds before entering the twisty sections with equal fluidity. The athleticism through the curvilinear sections is surprising for an SUV, but the ease with which Cayenne moves in and out of the curves is something extraordinary. Kudos to engineers at Stuggart.

2020 Porsche Cayenne SUV side view

The 19-inch wheels come standard with adaptive dampers, fulfilling the purpose they are designed for. With the availability of up to 22-inch rollers, handling enhances with a trade-off with a jittery ride. The adjustable air suspension, four-wheel steering, and active anti-roll bars are the available performance options to further enhance the comfort, maneuverability, and flatter cornering.

Also, the new integrated chassis controller, Porsche 4D Chassis Control which analyzes the driving situation and synchronizes all chassis systems in real-time for an optimal combination of sportiness and comfort.

Braking Performance

The Cayenne’s brakes can be upgraded to Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) i.e. iron-tungsten brakes or costly carbon-ceramic rotors for better response and high fading stability. The base model, without any of the above upgrades, took only 159 feet to stop from 70 mph.

2020 Porsche Cayenne brakes

The brake pedal feels firm and is aptly weighted to easily modulate it under city traffic conditions. However, the stroke of the pedal is a little longer than what you'd expect from a Porsche. The ceramic brakes boast already impressive stopping power and complement the performance-tuned Cayenne with superior ride quality. The brake pedal is firm and gives proper feedback for an engaging ride.

Model

Porsche Cayenne AWD

RX 350 F Sport AWD

BMW X5 AWD*

Cadillac XT5 AWD

Brake Front(in)

14.2

12.9

15

13.6

Brake Rear(in)

14.2

13.3

14.8

12.4

Curb weight(lbs.)

4582

4387

4758

4338

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

123

116

111

The BMW X5's performance-oriented approach can be seen here as well. The X5 gets the biggest brake rotors in the segment, which work together to make this 4700-pound car come to a standstill from a speed of 60 mph in just 116 feet, which is an extraordinary feat. Though the Porsche Cayenne's 60-0 figures are not yet available, considering the fact that it just needs a distance of 159 feet to come from 70-0, we do anticipate that this Porsche possesses some serious halting capabilities. 

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