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Porsche Cayenne S combines sports car and SUV

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S.

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With a mountain mode for the suspension and descent control, the Cayenne S lays claim to real off-road prowess.</p><p> <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/suv/2011-porsche-cayenne-s/4505-10868_7-34205541.html">Back to review.</a>
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Porsche Cayenne
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Automakers started using the term crossover this decade referring to vehicles that combined the comfortable ride of a car and the carrying capacity of an SUV. But Porsche's idea seems to have been to combine SUV qualities with the handling of a sports car. The new Cayenne S uses an array of handling and stability technology to attack turns with almost the aggressiveness of a 911.

The 2011 Cayenne S sees some important tech updates, such as the inclusion of torque vectoring on the all-wheel-drive system, putting a little more twist on the outside wheel when cornering, and some really lush 3D maps on the navigation system.

Check out our 2011 Porsche Cayenne S review.