Oregon Trails Fail! Fording a River in a Porsche Cayenne
Since 2002, Porsche has produced this mid-level crossover hybrid in an attempt to brand itself into the SUV marketplace. And it’s done decently well. The Cayenne has received some decent accolades from the likes of Edmunds and even received a coveted #6 slot in US News and World Report’s Luxury Mid size SUVs. However, nothing about its build suggests it’s ready to ford a river. This luxury mid-sized hybrid crossover is built and designed to handle some light offroading. Available with both diesel and hybrid fuel electric, it’s ready to tackle a range of country and rural settings. And manufactured with a classy leather interior – just imagine what a raging river pouring in through the cabin would do!
Cayenne’s Get up and Go Possibilities
A twin turbo V6 engine definitely gives it some real get-up-and-go potential. But with a range of engine options, here’s a look at what the Cayenne Porsche can offer in terms of engine power.
Here’s the breakdown of the three major lines of the Cayenne:
4 Drive Standard
• Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.6 L/220
• 420 hp @ 6000 RPM
• Torque: 406 @ 1350 RPM
4 Drive Turbo
• Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.8 L/293
• 520 hp @ 6000 RPM
• Torque: 553 @ 2250 RPM
4 Drive Diesel
• Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6 3.0 L/181
• 240 hp @ 3500 RPM
• Torque: 406 @ 1750 RPM
All of the models come with All Wheel Drive standard â so taking on some rocky and rough terrain is well within the scope of possibilities. And with a price range of $61,700
All of the models come with All Wheel Drive standard – so taking on some rocky and rough terrain is well within the scope of possibilities. And with a price range of $61,700 to $113,600 (fully equipped), it can cover a variety of functions at a decently affordable cost. Most importantly, it shows Porsche has the ability to really break into the luxury mid-size SUV category with a crossover – something other car maker’s have tried and failed to achieve.
Top 3 Porsche Cayenne “Do and Don’t”s
DO: Take the Cayenne onto dirt roads and experiment with its powerful transmission and engine possibilities. After all, you’re willing to drop $60k+ – make use of it!
DON’T: Take the Cayenne on rough, craggy surfaces with sharp rocks and deep pits. It’s undercarriage is only 5” off the deck – meaning you will bust it up.
DO: Pack it full of equipment for a weekend long excursion in the hills.
DON’T: Expect it to pull out your buddy’s jeep after it gets stuck in the mud. This SUV isn’t equipped standard with pull bars or a winch and weighing in at less than 5000 lbs, it’s just not heavy enough to get the traction to pull a heavier vehicle out of a tight situation.
DO: Take it through the car wash. With that nice, luxurious finish to the paint – you want to get that dirt off of it as soon as possible.
DON’T: Take it through a river. As we’ve seen in this post, it can’t handle it. At a 5 inch undercarriage clearance, the owner must have thought he could build up enough speed. But as you’ll see, the Porsche Cayenne is too light to dig into the water and too close to the ground to handle water above 2.5 feet.
The Cayenne Porsche is a luxury mid-sized sedan ultimately designed for speedy athleticism than it is for brutish bulk. With a relatively high MPG (17/26), it’s perfect for a week at the cabin. It is not, however, the beast you take mudding. And at a price point starting at $60k, if fording rivers is your thing – consider getting a lift kit for a Ford Raptor F-150.