After over four years of begging Jalopnik’s editors, I, Stef Schrader—Jalopnik’s resident Porsche owner—finally get to drive a Porsche that can tow my Porsche. This week, I’m checking out the brand new, fascinatingly made 2019 Porsche Cayenne. What do you want to know about it?
Clearly, I’m looking to see if it still has everything I loved about the old one—and possibly more. My ideal tow vehicle is one that doesn’t feel like a tow vehicle at all, which you can use for everyday errands without feeling as if you’re driving around a small house. The old Cayennes nailed it, all while being surprisingly competent off-road. Does the new one live up to that hype?
Is it easy to live with? Easy to park? And how does it do in the mud for when you just need to be a total hooligan with a $65,700+ truck? Does it still come in the greatest Porsche truck color ever made, Mahogany Metallic? These are vital things we need to know.
You may mock my Cayenne love, but this is the big seller that keeps Porsche flush with sweet, sweet cash that they can pump into cool projects that are geared more towards enthusiasts, like the Cayman GT4 and the 911 GT2 RS. Even then, this may just be the new Porsche that’s most directly aimed at the Porsche faithful. We love our older, more analog track Porsches, and if we go full track day and yank out vital street-legalizing bits, we’re going to need a tow vehicle. Porsche knows us. They really do.
With some trick tech borrowed from the rest of the Volkswagen Group, does Porsche’s newest Cayenne still feel like a Porsche? Is it luxurious enough to whisk me away from all sad thoughts about the car I probably broke on a trailer behind it?
I have so many questions of my own, but more importantly, what do you want to know about it? We’re here, as always, for you, so ask away in the comments below and I’ll try to dig up some answers about Porsche’s übertruck.
I’m sadly having to miss the Formula One United States Grand Prix race day to fly out to Crete, where Porsche is doing its first drives of the Cayenne. Fortunately, the rest of the site is watching over the race in real-time, and Patrick gets a brief respite from me asking if I can review a Cayenne. (Very brief. I mean, I have a race coming up in November, and I’d really love to test out its towing capabilities...)