The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S has been getting a lot of press lately and judging by the early drive reactions, it deserves it. From the outside, it doesn't look all that different from other SUVs, but Porsche has packed enough inside to get it to stand apart. Starting at $74k (and rising up to at least $114k), the tiptronic S E-Hybrid boasts 420hp at 6,000rpm, with a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 that hits a 0-60 advancement in 5.2 seconds (5.1 when in Sport Chrono) and a top track speed of 161mph.
Focusing on what is different about the exterior design, Motor Trend pointed out that the "front clip now has two additional air inlets with air blades that direct air to the intercoolers, and panel gaps now run down the fenders. Around back, the Cayenne has been given the Macan booty treatment. The license plate surround, lift-gate handle, and tail lights are better integrated into the gate itself, with the LED tail lights revised to match the headlights' 'floating' four-point design. The exhaust outlets are now integrated into the rear bumper and the more-flush roof spoiler helps extend the roofline."
Once you slide into the driver's seat, you are met with eight-way comfort seats (or the 14-way memory package), a multifunction steering wheel with paddles that was inspired by the 918 Spyder, adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe (which keeps an eye on the road for you up to 650 feet ahead), and several lane assistance systems.
If you want more oomph than the above specs, you can opt for the Turbo, which has a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that gives 520hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, pushing the luxury SUV from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds.