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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 04-28-2011, 01:52 PM
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Unusual Q Part 2: What's more nimble - Cayenne or X3?

Putting aside the price etc.
Any thoughts on what's more nimble - Cayenne or X3?

I think Porsche overall has great handling but the X3 is smaller so I wonder if that gives it an edge. I think the turning radius is the same but not sure which is easier to drive.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:23 PM
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I think Uncle J will be your go to on this.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:04 PM
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Depends on the options that you put on.

Cayenne is 300 lb heavier.

Wait for slalom or lane change test results from the auto magazines.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:10 PM
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hmm do you know of any articles? I need to place an order this week
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:22 PM
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Test drive them and make a decision on your own. What are your priorities?

To me it's simple. If your budget is not a constraint, buy the Porsche. If it is, buy X3. If handling is important, be sure to get PTV and PDCC on Cayenne, or DHP on X3.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:08 AM
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Drove both and X3 is more nimble without a doubt, especially if you are comparing the base Cayenne to the 28i. However a fully loaded Cayenne Turbo, with Torque Vectoring, PASM, PDCC and other handling goodies provides much better feedback. Having said that, even after losing 300 lbs, there is no mistaking that the Cayenne is a much bigger car. I eventually went with the X3 but the Cayenne would have been a nice choice too.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:45 AM
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I know your point about analysing perfromances logically is a good think...but being a BMW fan, frankly I can't think of driving another car in that caliber...
So for me, even if a car would have a slight edge over a BMW model, I would still be sticking to the Blue and White logo, otherwise I would regret it afterwards...
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:11 PM
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I don't think you'll regret driving a Cayenne. Your bank account may.
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:19 PM
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Well, a Z4 is more "nimble" than an X3 but I would rather have a full boat Cayenne Turbo and who cares about nimble. Actually I have now fallen in love with the new Panamera. We are just starting to see them on the road around here (saw 5 today) and I have to say they are sweet. Now then, how can I unload all those gold bars stitting around.....
Oh, yes the X3 will be more nimble, but a Cayenne is really in a different class, more like the X5 I think.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:04 PM
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Well nimble = easy to turn, u-turn, switch lanes, park. all more important for LA urban driving. I think I"ll get a X3 and maybe trade up for a Cajun if they ever make it.. hmm..
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:09 AM
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The Cajun with Porsche's own V6 (the one in the Panamera) would be great!
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