The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is the most famous SUV by the premium German carmaker. It offers almost everything you can imagine from the luxury model. Quite a lot of choices will be boosted next season with the Turbo GT version in the coupe lineup. Standard body styling is also attractive and both designs offer the same options.
The carmaker updated this model recently, so only new trim levels and options are available. The look of the SUV remains the same. We will see what is going on with powerplants. Currently, there are five different engines available for the SUV, and two of them are hybrid units. Besides drivetrains, there are also five trim levels to choose from.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Specs
Let’s start the analysis with the engine lineup. The entry-level models will come with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 unit. This one is able to return 335 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. For most mid-size SUVs, this is more than enough. But, for the premium segment, it is an average. So, Porsche needed something more powerful. A 2.9-liter twin-turbo setup adds 100 hp. Although smaller, this powerplant consumes more fuel. But, 1 mpg is a good price for 85 lb-ft extra torque. A 4.0-liter V8 is the most powerful conventional setup. Cayenne Turbo bursts 540 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of twist.
All engines are using an eight-speed automatic transmission. Porsche fans got used to a PDK gearbox available in most other cars. On the other hand, an 8-pace case is not so popular when not in Cayenne. It seems like only SUV can provide a smooth ride with this gearbox.
Cayenne Hybrid Units
Besides these three gasoline powerplants, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne will be available in two hybrid versions. The first one is pairing the base 3.0 displacement with an electric battery. A V6 is getting a boost and produces 455 ponies and 516 lb-ft. Also, the electric motor is going to save some fuel, although precise details are still unavailable. The same transmission is sending power to all wheels for Cayenne Hybrid.
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Hybrid is currently the most powerful model in the lineup. Conventional power comes from a 4.0-liter V8 engine. Plus, an electric unit is making it deliver 670 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque, and one of the most powerful SUVs in the market. There are only two models that can top this – Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (707 ponies) and Tesla Model X P100D (762 hp).
Turbo GT Model Spied
One of the novelties for the next season we already know about is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. At least, we believe this model is on spy photos. Narrow distance between exhaust pipes is indicating this is about to happen. We can see a similar layout in other versions. The drivetrain for this unit will be a turbo V8, a displacement is 4.0, but there is no electric motor. The output is close to 650 hp, which is similar to Lamborghini Urus. The super-luxury SUV is also using a 4.0 engine for slightly fewer power outputs.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Versions
First of all, you will choose a standard or coupe layout. The spied vehicle, which should be Turbo GT, uses a more aggressive body style. Whatsoever, all other versions are available with both body styles. The standard model is Cayenne, while the first next upgrade is E-Hybrid. S, Turbo, and Turbo S Hybrid are other available packages, and each of them is coming with a different engine as well.
The entry-level model is coming with Apple CarPlay but without Android Auto. The center of the infotainment system is a 12-inch touchscreen display. Navigation is available even for the base model. The driver’s seat is adjustable in eight positions. The Cayenne S upgrades the offer with larger 19-inch wheels and a panoramic sunroof. Of course, there is a more powerful engine under the hood.
The less capable hybrid model comes with special upgrades for the interior that include a unique gauge cluster. Also, the Sport Chrono package adds stopwatch and Sport Plus button. Active Suspension Management improves the ride in many ways. Turbo version is using 21-inch wheels and air suspension replaces the management system. Premium audio is becoming even better thanks to 14 speakers. Seats are getting heating, while the ventilating becomes a standard option with the Turbo S Hybrid package. For such power, this version uses carbon-ceramic brakes and torque vectoring. Besides seats, the steering wheel also gets heating.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Prices
The base 2021 Porsche Cayenne will cost just under $70,000 after the destination fee. You can save a significant amount of money if you pick some of its rivals. E-Hybrid will increase the price to $83,000, which is less expensive than the Cayenne S. If you are willing to splash a lot of money, then Turbo is nearly $130,000 and the Turbo S Hybrid is coming with the MSRP of $170,000. The new Turbo GT is going to top this and enter the race with the Range Rover SVR over $200k.