The Cayenne has stood as a favorite among sporting SUVs since its debut. While that remains the case with the 2016, it’s impossible to ignore rivals like the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. None can quite match the Cayenne’s sporting prowess on the road, but they all exceed its passenger and luggage space. That hasn’t really affected the Cayenne’s success, with buyers snapping up as many base, Cayenne, Diesel, S, plug-in S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S models as Porsche can ship to the U.S.
Part of that success is unquestionably down to the Porsche badge on the hood, and what it represents. An all-wheel-drive SUV might be the antithesis of Porsche’s sports cars, but the company manages to bring deft agility and extraordinary performance to its largest SUV. That’s no more obvious than with the GTS and Turbo S models that return to the lineup for 2016, both of which deliver an absolutely thrilling drive.