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Past Issues Index
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Issue Four
Jan. 6, 2003
LA Auto Show
LA Auto Show Photo Gallery
Mission MINI

Porsche Cayenne Introduction
Maybach Introduction
2003 Jaguar S-Type Road Test
Coming Next Issue
Detroit Auto Show
Nav-TV Interview
Bose Headphones

2003 Los Angeles Auto Show: Porsche Cayenne Unveiled, continued

Beige Camel Cayenne Interior

Porsche Cayenne Navigation System

Porsche Cayenne Launch LA Auto Show 2003

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The Unveiling.

The Porsche Cayenne S appeared from the cover - it was Lapis Blue with brushed aluminum accents - an interesting color combination. It was also sitting quite high; Porsche had obviously raised the suspension to demonstrate the possible ride heights between the different suspension "modes".

Next to be uncovered was a stunning Turbo model, which according to Schwab will reach 62 miles per hour in just over 5 seconds. It was clad in a pearl white, and looked great - the large air scoops in the nose coupled with the gorgeous turbo wheels were quite impressive. I also admired the overall appearance of the vehicle - while it's true that the Cayenne is not what purists would consider a "typical Porsche," it is quite pleasing to look at in person.

Mr. Schwab continued to share the impressive performance and technical specifications about both models, and concluded his speech with this powerful statement. "Suffice to say, the Cayenne is pure Porsche. It looks like a Porsche, it accelerates like a Porsche, it brakes like a Porsche, it drives like a Porsche, it feels like a Porsche and it even sounds like a Porsche."

The press was then invited to ask questions before heading off to enjoy a spectacular luncheon, compliments of Porsche Cars North America.

The Experience.

Pictures do not do the Cayenne justice. Once you have the chance to see it, touch it and sit in it, you quickly find yourself admiring the Cayenne. The fit and finish was typical Porsche - very precise, and of very high quality. While sitting in the Cayenne, you quickly forget you're sitting in a SUV; it feels very much like a sports car. Control placement was spot on, and there were so many nice "touches" that we could never begin to mention even a small portion of them.

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