Porsche Cayenne

Based on the Volkswagen Touareg, the Porsche Cayenne was first launched in 2002.

Not universally loved by fans and critics, the Cayenne was hugely successful in the marketplace and, more importantly, hugely profitable too. Aside from its high-riding body and off-road capability, the Cayenne broke new ground by being the first Porsche to be offered with a V6 engine, as well diesel options.

What's with the name Cayenne?

According to Porsche, the word cayenne is 'understood worldwide as synonymous for spiciness, adventure and joie de vivre', so it's reasonable to assume that the car is named after the pepper or chili. Cayenne pepper is a common ingredient in Korean, Sichuanese and southern US cuisine, and is generally rated at between 30,000 and 50,000 units on the Scoville scale.

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