Porsche didn’t announce U.S. pricing for the 2011 Cayenne when during its launch at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but a quick visit to the automaker’s consumer site reveals the new SUV starts at $46,700, excluding destination fees, which Porsche has yet to announce.
That price will put you behind the wheel of a base 2011 Cayenne, and is roughly $1200 more than the MSRP of a base 2010 model. For 2011, the standard powertrain consists of a 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, and a six-speed manual transmission, although an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional. Standard equipment includes all-wheel-drive, eight-way power front seats, cruise control, an MP3 player interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and dual-zone automatic controls. A sunroof and a programmable driver’s seat — standard features on other Cayenne trims — are optional on the base model.
If eight-cylinders are a must, the next step up is the Cayenne S, which features a 400-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8, a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and a base price of $63,700. Eco-conscious buyers may prefer the new Cayenne S Hybrid, which features a 333-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 paired with a 47-horsepower electric motor. Pricing for Porsche’s first production hybrid starts at $67,700.
Performance junkies will likely flock to the Cayenne Turbo, which bolts a pair of turbochargers onto the company’s 4.8-liter V-8. The revised engine, which throws down 500 horsepower, is more than sufficient for blitzing down the Autobahn, but it will cost you a whopping $104,800 at the very least.
Like most Porsches, the 2011 Cayenne range carries a near-infinite list of options, although the Turbo carries more standard content than other trim models. Oddly enough, although Porsche revealed pricing for the 2011 Cayenne models, it has yet to detail the specific prices for each option or package.
Two uplevel sound systems — one from Burmeister and another from Bose — are offered, although the Bose is standard fare on the Turbo. Porsche Control Management, which incorporates the SUV’s HVAC, navigation, and radio controls into a seven-inch display, is standard on the Turbo but optional on every other model. Adaptive cruise control is optional across the board, as is a blind spot detection system, a rear-seat entertainment system, 14-way power front seats, a keyless ignition system, and a panoramic sunroof.
For more information on 2011 Cayenne pricing and options, visit Porsche’s Web site at