2011-2012 Cayenne – Manual

2011-2012 Cayenne – Manual

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Rules for off-road driving

  • Ensure vehicle is equipped with approved all-terrain tires.
  • Pay attention to the ground clearance of the vehicle.
  • Activate the off-road driving program.
    Please see the chapter "SELECTING DRIVING PROGRAM" on page 185.
  • Switch on terrain level or special terrain level, if necessary, before starting to drive off-road.
    Do not brake the car to a stop while adjusting the level.
  • The level should only be adjusted on a level surface.
  • Stow or fasten luggage and loads securely.
    For information on stowing loads and luggage: Please see the chapter "LOADING INFORMATION" on page 221.
  • If unknown terrain is obscured from view, examine it on foot first and drive with extreme caution.
    This way, obstacles are easier to recognize and damage to the vehicle is avoided.
  • Always drive with the engine running. Power steering assistance is provided only with the engine running.
  • Drive slowly and consistently.
  • Always make sure that the wheels are touching the ground.
  • Before driving through water, check the water depth, the condition of the surface beneath it and the speed of the water.
  • Look out for obstacles, such as boulders, holes, tree stumps or ruts.
  • Always keep the sliding/lifting roof or Panorama roof system and the side windows closed while driving.
  • Do not deviate from marked routes or paths.
  • Respect nature. Always obey off-limits signs.

Driving Systems for Off-Road Driving
Specially adapted driving programs or power-transmission and chassis control systems are available for off-road driving:
– Off-road PTM
– Off-road PTV Plus (depending on vehicle equipment)
– Off-road PSM
– Off-road ABS

  • For further information on the functioning of chassis control systems:
    Please see the chapter "TRANSMISSION AND CHASSIS CONTROL SYSTEMS" on page 188.

Before driving off-road

  • Check tread depth and inflation pressure of tires.
  • Check for damage and remove any foreign objects (e.g. stones) from the tread.
  • Replace missing valve caps.


  • Replace dented or damaged rims before driving off-road.

Vehicles with SportDesign package

Risk of damage. Front, rear and side member trims are painted on vehicles with the SportDesign package.

Off-road driving can seriously damage these trims.

  • When driving off-road, make sure these parts are not damaged.
  • Make sure there is sufficient clearance between obstacles and the underside of the vehicle.
  • Avoid driving through water.
  • Do not use side member trims or rear wheel spoilers as a running board.

After driving off-road
Off-road driving is harder on the vehicle than normal driving on roads.

We recommend that you inspect the vehicle after off-road driving. Potential damage poses an accident risk and impairs driving comfort.

Damage to the vehicle is recognized in good time if the vehicle is checked.

Effect of Vehicle and Tire Damage

Vehicle damage poses an accident risk for the vehicle occupants and other road users.

  • If in doubt, have your vehicle checked at an authorized Porsche dealer.
  • Examine tires for signs of damage, such as cuts, tears, bulges or foreign objects stuck in the tread. Replace a damaged tire if necessary.
  • Have any damage to your vehicle repaired by an authorized Porsche dealer without delay.

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