2008 porsche cayenne gts review




2008 porsche cayenne gts review

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  • The fun-to-drive SUV may be an oxymoron, but Porsche has gotten one step closer to proving the concept with the GTS version of its Cayenne sport-ute.

    A spicier mix of power and handling: GTS also gets down the road with genuine Car Reviews. First Drive: Porsche Cayenne GTS.

    About logo. The Porsche logo is a coat of arms that shows: a riding horse and a deer antler, framed by red stripes. The emblem is dedicated to the home city of the concern - Studgart. Strips and horns are symbols of the city, and the stallion is depicted in connection with the fact that originally in place of the city, in the year 950 there was a horse farm, around which a whole city was gradually built.

    It may cost a lot, but the Porsche Cayenne GTS is a high performance on- and off-road vehicle. Current cabin tech isn't great, but a new.

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    As for people who don't use it off road, get a saloon, coupe or estate. Log in or register to post comments. Although reports indicate that the Porsche's six-speed self-shifter is a sloppy cog swapper, I was left lusting for an oar to row. Its phone system is designed for Europe and doesn't work in the U. I live in SF Bay Area as well, and yes, you do see a fair number of Boxters, but certainly nowhere near that the number of , and both are dwarfed by the crowd of Bimmers everywhere.

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    Review: Porsche Cayenne GTS - Autoblog

    Its Bose audio system produces clean and refined sound. The Bad The Porsche Communication Management option, a unit combining navigation, stereo, and phone, represents older cabin tech. Its phone system is designed for Europe and doesn't work in the U. Current cabin tech isn't great, but a new version of the Porsche Communication Management system is coming out soon. Another clue comes when you get it in the twisties, and feel its utter lack of roll in hard cornering.

    We've heard comments around the office that the Porsche badge shouldn't be this high off the ground, but purism aside, our friendly neighborhood Porsche rep tells us that the Cayenne sells, giving the company a stable bottom line with which it can work on better and better s. OK, we can accept that it's all for the greater good. Although the transmission might be a little low-tech, the engine and suspension make up for it. The air suspension features all sorts of tricks to morph the Cayenne GTS from high-clearance, all-terrain vehicle to road-hugging canyon carver.

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    Cabin tech is also present in the form of the Porsche Communication Management system, an all-in-one navigation, stereo, and phone unit--only, the phone part doesn't work in the U. Fortunately, this version of the system is on its way out, soon to be replaced by a whole new system featuring better controls and Bluetooth.

    Ride quality Behind the shifter on our Porsche Cayenne GTS is a bank of controls for the suspension almost as confusing as the acronyms they control.

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    A rocker switch on the left moves the car from on- to off-road driving modes, with different levels of differential lock. A big button, labeled Sport, sharpens the throttle response, while three buttons to the right of that let you choose Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes for the suspension. Another rocker switch beyond those changes the ride height of the Cayenne GTS through three different modes. To test out these different suspension settings, we found a section of rough pavement in San Francisco, approximately yards long, and drove over it five times at 30 mph, each time with the suspension on a different setting.

    For our first run, we wanted to establish a baseline, so we put the suspension into Normal mode and called the ride quality zero. For a rougher ride from the other settings we subtracted numbers, and we added numbers for a smoother ride. In Normal mode, the Cayenne GTS wasn't floating over the rough bits, transmitting jolts from washboard surfaces and potholes. Getting back to the start, we pushed the Comfort button and prepared for an easy ride.

    But our editors couldn't feel much difference between Comfort and Normal. Jolts were still transmitted to the cabin, from the repetitive bumps of the washboard section to the harder jolts of the potholes. The Cayenne GTS gained no points for this setting. Putting it in Sport mode, we repeated the course, this time finding a noticeably harsher ride.

    2008 porsche cayenne gts review

    The jolts were delivered with more force, as this setting also keeps the Cayenne GTS flat in hard cornering. Editor Wayne Cunningham gave it a -3 for ride quality, while Antuan Goodwin wrote down a But, we weren't done yet.

    The Cayenne GTS has three ride heights controlled by another switch. The highest level, which Porsche specifies for special terrain, can only be used below 19 mph, but the second highest level can be used at greater speed, and is for light off-roading. We put it in this mode and ran the car over our course. We felt better damping than with the Comfort mode, as there was more travel in the suspension, letting it absorb more of the jolts.

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