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PORSCHE CAYENNE BOOSTS SAFETY, DRIVER MEMORY FUNCTIONS

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PORSCHE Cayenne is a midsize crossover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) available in Cayenne, Cayenne S, S Transsyberia, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S trim levels.

Standard on the base V6-powered Cayenne are 17-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, front and rear foglamps, heated side mirrors, a power tailgate (with adjustable height), cruise control, eight-way power front seats (including adjustable lumbar), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery and a 12-speaker sound system with CD player.

The Cayenne S adds a V8 engine, 18-inch wheels, driver memory functions and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Cayenne S Transsyberia adds the more powerful V8 from the GTS, contrasting-color 18-inch wheels, an air suspension, a biplane spoiler, roof-mounted lights, skid plates, faux-suede interior upholstery and sport seats.

The optional Off-Road Technology package can be added that includes a lockable rear differential, rock rails and reinforcements for the engine, fuel tank and rear axle.

The Cayenne GTS gains 21-inch wheels, summer performance tires, a sport-tuned air suspension, a lower ride height than all other Cayennes, a sport body kit, faux-suede and aluminum interior trim, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

The Cayenne Turbo is equipped similarly to the GTS, but features a twin-turbo V8, 19-inch wheels, a height-adjustable air suspension, a slightly different body kit, automatic and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking assist, a touchscreen interior electronics interface, a hard-drive-based navigation system, front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, upgraded driver memory functions, upgraded leather upholstery and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.

The Turbo S further adds a more powerful turbo V8, 21-inch wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (for improved handling), sport seats, a two-tone interior color scheme and upgraded interior trim.

All   Porsche Cayennes are equipped with all-wheel drive. The base Cayenne is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 producing 290horse power and 273 pound-feet of torque.

A six-speed manual is standard, and a six-speed automatic (Tiptronic) is optional. According to Porsche, the Cayenne with the automatic goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

The Cayenne S is equipped with the automatic only and features a 4.8-liter V8 good for 385horse power and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The six-speed manual is standard on the GTS, while the automatic is optional on the GTS and standard on the Transsyberia. An automatic GTS yielded a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds at our test track.

Antilock disc brakes are standard on the 2010 Porsche Cayenne, as are front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Stability control is standard as well, and the system features a rollover sensor.

Active bi-xenon headlights and front and rear park assist are standard on the Turbo models and available on all other trims.