Purists howled when the company founded by Dr. Porsche released the Cayenne in 2003. After producing nothing but sports cars for 63 years, Porsche was now selling a midsize luxury crossover, just like practically every other car manufacturer on the planet. Although the front end bore a passing resemblance to the 911, the rest was pure unrecognizable– five doors, all-wheel-drive and an engine mounted in the front.
But Porsche knew what it was doing. The Cayenne became the company’s best selling vehicle, helped by a range of engine choices that included a twin-turbocharged 4.5-liter V8 that cranked out 520 horsepower, enough to propel it from zero to 60 in under five seconds. The profits also allowed the company to invest in existing sports cars, resulting in the current, highly-acclaimed version of the 911. Come by Barrier Porsche to test drive a Porsche today!
But now Porsche has thrown even Cayenne fans a curve – a hybrid version called the Cayenne S Hybrid. It combined a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor to produce a combined 380 horsepower while still being rated at 20 city and 24 highway miles per gallon by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
That’s better than the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid (17/19 mpg) and competitive against three German diesel crossovers, BMW X5 xDrive 35d (19/26 mpg), the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec (18/25 mpg), and the Audi Q7 TDI (17/25 mpg).
Driven aggressively or in the Sport mode, the Cayenne S Hybrid is much more fun, offering a balanced mix of good acceleration, handling and braking. The steering is light and direct, the brakes feel much better, and the transmission moves swiftly through the gears.
The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is made by Audi and also offered in their A4 and A5. It is smooth and responsive, producing 33 more horsepower than the base, normally-aspirated 3.0-liter V6 in the Cayenne.
The interior of the Cayenne is one of its strengths. Similar to the equally controversial Panamera four-door sports car, it features a center console that angles down from the dash between the front seats. The console holds many of the control buttons that were originally spread across the dash, reducing the cluttered look while still making them all easily accessible. Expect other manufacturers to adopt similar designs in the coming years to accommodate the controls for the many high-tech features that are now becoming standard on even entry-level cars.
Why Barrier Porsche
Porsche. Utterly unlike any vehicle you’ll ever drive. And at Barrier Porsche we are unlike any other dealership. When it comes to the finest in workmanship, technology and performance… think Porsche. When it comes to acquiring or servicing your Porsche, we want you to think Barrier Porsche. Our certified sales professionals, the most highly trained service technicians in the industry, and an ongoing commitment to customer care set us apart from the crowd. We are proud to represent one of the most extraordinary line of automobiles ever created… Porsche. Welcome, and we hope you enjoy your visit – virtual or otherwise!
Barrier Sales Consultants provide customer service before, during, and after a sale. In other words, we form relationships with our clients. We are proud that many of our Sales Consultants have been with Barrier since our doors opened. Our clients value the service we provide, and they invigorate us every day with their loyalty and their numerous referrals. We invite you to visit Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue to experience the Barrier difference for yourself:
B Preferred – The many benefits of our B Preferred program are certainly reason enough to choose Barrier. The value is substantial. The car wash alone is worth the price of admission!
Frame Patrol – each Barrier employee is on the watch for our clients in distress or in need of assistance. Our stores are nearly legendary!
Community – Barrier is actively involved and supportive of our community, not to mention the many and varied efforts of our individual employees!
Revenue – Barrier is one of the largest contributors to the revenue of the City of Bellevue and King County.
Charity – Barrier supports a myriad of causes and concerns in our community ranging from the United Way to Hopelink to the Arts and much more.
300 Employees – Jobs! Now more than ever the impact of providing employment in our community is invaluable!
Does a purchase anywhere else make sense? The value is here with Barrier!