Although it uses the same engine as the previous model, Porsche updated the all-wheel-drive system and cabin tech for the 2011 Cayenne S. It also gets some minor exterior changes.

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The Cayenne has a unique look, with body styling that fits in with the company's sports cars, making it unmistakeably a Porsche.

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The 4.8-liter direct injection V-8 in the Cayenne S produces 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy, at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, is reasonable for an engine of this power.

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With its standard SUV form factor, the Cayenne S seats five comfortably, with room for cargo in the rear.

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The Cayenne S employs a substantial amount of suspension technology to help it handle off-road situations or hard cornering. Porsche added torque vectoring to its all-wheel-drive system.

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Although a nice-sized cargo bay, the shape of the rear hatch cuts down on usable room above the window level.

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This row of LED parking lights make up part of Porsche's current design language.

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With a mountain mode for the suspension and descent control, the Cayenne S lays claim to real off-road prowess.

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With its air suspension at its highest setting, the Cayenne S maximizes ground clearance.

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The lowest setting for the air suspension is intended for easy cargo loading, not driving.

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The Cayenne S is also a luxury vehicle, as can be seen and felt in the cabin. Quality materials, such as leather and aluminum cover surfaces and are used for switches.

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This wheel offers not controls for cabin electronics, although a multi-function wheel is available. Shift paddles sit behind the horizontal spokes.

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Showing its sporting heritage, Porsche puts the tachometer front and center, with the speedometer off to the right.

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A display in the instrument cluster shows various cabin tech information, making it easy for the driver to keep eyes on the road.

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Along with navigation, this instrument cluster display also shows phone and audio information.

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Porsche uses an eight speed automatic transmission in the Cayenne S, a new gearbox with high gears for freeway speeds.

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The navigation system not only renders buildings in downtown areas, but shows rich topographical information in the mountains.

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The Cayenne S uses traffic information to dynamically calculate its routes, avoiding traffic jams.

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The car's phone system copies over contact lists from paired phones, making them available on the LCD.

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XM satellite radio is one of the available audio sources. We found this interface easy to use.

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The Cayenne S includes iPod integration, with this interface for browsing music libraries.

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Our car had this heatmap for sensing objects around the vehicle. A rear view camera is available, as is blind spot detection.

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