Steep ascents leading to snow-covered mountain lodges, boggy ground or muddy, loose surfaces – all situations that the Cayenne handles superbly with intelligent all-wheel drive. The drive systems featured on the Cayenne models deliver exceptional torque. For plenty of power on tap. On any terrain.
With the help of Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Cayenne can cope with even the most demanding off-road scenarios. Simply move the main off-road control on the centre console forward or backward to select one of up to three off-road modes (depending on the model). Available on the Cayenne, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo, this function readies the car for off-road use or reverts the setting to normal road driving.
In Off-road Mode 1, for example, the maps for all relevant systems, e.g. ABS, are adapted to provide optimum traction. In addition, High Level I is selected on vehicles featuring air suspension with PASM. If that’s not enough, the air suspension can be raised further to High Level II to increase the approach/departure angle and wading depth.*
Push the off-road control forward again on the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo to activate Off-road Mode 2 – for even greater traction on difficult terrain, the multi-plate clutch can be fully locked.
The electronically variable rear differential on the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is integrated within the all-wheel drive system. This automatically ensures the optimum distribution of drive torque on particularly uneven surfaces. If one of the rear wheels begins to slip, the rear differential varies the amount of torque transmitted through each drive shaft, thereby restoring traction. In Off-road Mode 3, the rear differential can be manually locked using the main off-road control. Then both rear wheels receive the same amount of torque, regardless of surface conditions. The optional PDCC enables greater wheel articulation in all three modes, improving traction still further.
For effective prevention of damage to the underside of the car, all Cayenne models can be equipped with optional off-road underbody protection comprising rock rails with integrated skid plates, a reinforced engine-bay guard, additional protection for fuel tank and rear axle, and a second towing lug.
* The new Cayenne GTS has a steel-spring sports suspension with a 24-mm reduction in ride height (20-mm reduction with optional air suspension). This will lead to restricted capability when driving off road.
A standard feature on all Cayenne models, Porsche Hill Control (PHC) provides downhill assistance by maintaining a constant rate of speed on extreme downhill gradients. It is activated via a switch on the centre console. The speed can be set to between 3 and 30 km/h.