I don’t know how it happened, but I was invited to test drive the new Porsche Cayenne (pronounced KAI-anne) at this special track set up for racing and off-roading. So, since Emily couldn’t turn down free food and I couldn’t turn down a chance to drive $80,000 fast cars, we went.
It was an impressive setup with very nice cars parked out front. It’s a marvel of engineering how they can turn a 5400-pound hunk of metal into a slalom-eating road-hugging hill-climber. My favorite was the track area where the 460 bhp Turbo slingshot me across the track, but amazingly, it stuck to the road and drove well. That makes me wonder what I could do in a 911. The second time around, I went even faster, although no one really measured the track times. The off-road area was pretty crazy, having never been off-road in an SUV, it felt bizarre and amusing to climb a 20 foot hill at a steep angle.
A few years ago, I passed up an opportunity to test the BMW 3-series versus the Lexus IS 300 and Acura CL 3.2 at BMW’s expense. I’ll never make that mistake again.
Footnote: I vowed to never buy an SUV, unless I actually had a need for a car that could go off-road. I will still stick to that promise since I believe that SUVs are an unnecessary danger to others, danger to the occupants and a hazard to the environment.