Many Porsche lovers may not have been all that excited about the German auto manufacturer’s decision to produce the brand’s first SUV, the Cayenne, but these same people just about screamed when they heard that Porsche was also developing a smaller version of the Cayenne, the Cajun. Sorry to say, but they can’t all be 911s, guys. No matter how much we all want them to be.
Still, we’re playing along with the whole Porsche SUV thing because well, as much as we don’t want to admit it, the idea of a speedy people hauler is appealing. And to satisfy this innate need to go fast during "our" time and still be able to transport the kids safely, Porsche is bringing out the Cajun sometime in 2013. This crossover-type model will be based loosely on the Audi Q5, utilizing its chassis, steering, axles, and Quattro drivetrain. It will be powered by a 3.0L V6 engine producing 290hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is just enough for some, but we may need to opt for the Cajun Turbo S which will get a twin turbo 3.0L V6 with 350hp.
Porsche’s goal with the Cajun is to provide an efficient and sporty model that will be all the things we want in a car: lightweight, easy to handle, and agile. It will come out first as a four-seater, but a model set to seat five should debut at a later date.
It may not be a 911, but at least it’s not as confused as the Panamera. Don’t even get us started on that model.