NEW FOR 2012:

– Standard garage door opener and rear seat side airbags
– Enhanced Hybrid management system
– Available Porsche Exclusive and Sport Design options

For 2012, the Porsche Cayenne undergoes minor changes. A Homelink garage door opener and rear seat airbags are standard.

The Cayenne Hybrid’s management system is enhanced, and if conditions are right, it is possible to drive at low speed on electric power alone from a cold start. Previously this was only available once the gasoline engine had reached its operating temperature.

New available options include a power kit, which boosts power by 40 horsepower to a maximum of 540; painted wheel arch extensions; bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic lighting; quad sports tailpipe; dark-tinted LED rear taillights; interior leather packages and decorative stitching; interior Yachting Mahogany package; milled aluminum gear selector; and stainless steel and carbon door entry guards.

The 2011 lineup consists of four models: the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid, and Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne uses a 3.6-litre V6; the Cayenne S uses a 4.8-litre V8; the Cayenne Turbo uses a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V8; and the Hybrid uses a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with electric motor and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery. The Hybrid can run on gasoline, electricity or a combination of the two. The Cayenne uses a six-speed manual transmission, which can be optioned to the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic used in all of the other models. All are all-wheel drive.

Features on the Cayenne include 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power heated partial-leather seats, sliding and reclining 60/40 rear seats, heated multifunction steering wheel, CD/MP3 stereo with touch screen and audio interface, garage door opener, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry, cargo cover, and power tailgate.

The Cayenne S adds memory seats, larger brakes with silver-painted calipers, and black front air intake trim.

The S Hybrid is similarly equipped.

The Turbo adds 19-inch wheels, air suspension, larger brakes with red calipers, 18-way power full leather seats, leather dash and door trim, navigation system, Bose sound system, unique front and rear styling, and quad exhaust pipes.

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