preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
10/8/22 9:40 a.m.

Yes, I am a Porsche regrets.

I thank the Cayenne so much and may even purchase one some day.

Here is what happened to Porsche between 1999 and 2021:


Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
10/8/22 9:59 a.m.

Yeah, I see waaaay more Macan and Cayenne parts go over the counter than sports car stuff.


Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/8/22 11:35 a.m.

The Cayenne saved Porsche not because it was an SUV, but because it was the best SUV!

Tk8398 HalfDork
10/9/22 12:33 p.m.

I want one for some reason even though I k ow it's probably a bad idea.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/10/22 10:00 a.m.

Somewhat related–but don't quote me on it–it's my understanding that Lamborghini could exclusively sell the Urus and still make plenty of money.

californiamilleghia UltraDork
10/10/22 11:33 a.m.

I was at the Porsche factory in the late 1990s as the Cayenne was first coming out ,m

I was doing some research in the archives when Klause Parr was still head of the archives , 

At lunch time he took me to eat  at the company canteen and there were posters everywhere pushing the SUV ,  it was a big leap for Porsche  and could have killed the company if it did not do well , 

20 plus years later  and we can see what a smart move it was .....


aw614 Reader
10/10/22 12:23 p.m.

I remember the mixed feelings on the car forums on it, but do remember some posts that were fine with the Cayenne knowing Porsche would make money off it for more sports car stuff. 

MotorsportsGordon Dork
10/10/22 3:24 p.m.

Before it Porsche almost made a minivan

grover GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/10/22 7:49 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

3 in the public middle school pickup line everyday. It's Kindof crazy. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/11/22 9:05 a.m.

I remember Tim writing something about this in a column back when this was all breaking news. Yeah, if an SUV helps a company stay in the sports car game, how is that bad? 

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/11/22 10:11 a.m.

And to think that they could have started the trend in 1978!

Placemotorsports GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
10/11/22 10:20 a.m.

Fan here as well


irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/11/22 10:51 p.m.

Of course, the front-engined 924/944 previously saved Porsche as well.

Ironic that the rear-engined cars that Porsche is best-known for are the ones that pretty much have always caused the company to need saving by a non-rear-engined Porsche?

RacerBoy75 New Reader
10/11/22 11:11 p.m.

Yes, and the Boxster also saved Porsche. Another non-rear-engined car that saved the 911!

ShawnG MegaDork
10/11/22 11:59 p.m.

They could have just made Audi and VW badged SUVs.

Now we have ugly Porsches with too many doors.


Brake_L8 (Forum Supporter)
Brake_L8 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
10/12/22 8:37 p.m.

I love mine and I'm glad they were made to begin with. It's at the dealer for some stupid diesel-y thing that is hopefully covered by the warranty. Despite that, I don't know what else is better at doing every single thing it can do in one package.

Selling these (and the Macan) by the truckload enables all 47 variants of 911 to exist and that makes me happy. 

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