Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model and actress who needs little introduction after becoming the second highest-paid model in the world in 2014. Earning $10.5 million in 2016, Lima is also one of the hardest working models in the industry, which is ironic since she never envisioned a career in the spotlight. So, how did she end up on the runway? She participated in several beauty pageants as a child and entered a modeling contest with a friend who didn’t want to compete alone. The 15-year-old Lima was invited to compete in the Ford’s “Supermodel of Brazil” search and won the competition, earning a spot in the 1996 Ford Models Supermodel of the World Contest. She finished in second place and, by the end of the 1990s, settled down in New York City to model with Elite Model Management.
Lima graced the cover of Marie Claire Brazil in 1998 and then earned her first Vogue Italy cover in 2000. Her career blossomed as she modeled leading brands like Versace, Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and countless others. She signed on as a GUESS? Girl in 2000 and was hired as Maybelline’s spokesmodel from 2003 to 2009. From there, the sky was the limit for the young model as she earned $7.3 million in 2012 with her salary climbing higher over the next four years, making her the second-highest earning model in the world with $10.5 million in earnings in 2016. Not bad for a model who ventured into the business on a whim!
Today, the 38-year-old model and actress continues to work in the spotlight and is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. First hired in 1999, she became the longest-running model and the most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2017 before wrapping up her tenure with the brand in 2018. This venture and many others have earned her an $85 million net worth, which makes it easy for the Brazilian beauty to afford a life of luxury including her favorite car—the Porsche Cayenne SUV.
Porsche Cayenne SUV Specs
As one of the highest-paid models in the world, it’s no surprise that Lima’s car of choice is the beautiful and luxurious Porsche Cayenne SUV. “Five doors that are open to any adventure. With a dynamic design and efficient turbocharged engines. With outstanding digital connectivity that brings the whole world into the cockpit. With versatility, quality and cutting-edge assistance systems, offering both driver and passengers extraordinary comfort… This is how the Cayenne makes the Porsche experience even more fascinating, even more diverse,” Porsche says of their luxury SUV.
Porsche introduced the Cayenne as a mid-size luxury crossover SUV in 2002 and received outstanding feedback thanks to the model’s powerful V8-engine, which was unheard of in Porsche models since 1995. The SUV also marked Porsche’s first off-road capable vehicle since the Super and Junior models of the 1950s, which made it even more appealing to adventurous drivers looking for both comfort and power wherever life on the road took them. That’s why Porsche has continued to upgrade the Cayenne over the last decade with the first generation Cayenne produced from 2003 to 2010, the second generation produced from 2011 to 2017, and the third generation produced from 2018 to present.
The newest Cayenne models feature turbocharged engines with the standard Cayenne featuring a 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine while the Cayenne S features a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 and the Cayenne Turbo features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. The Turbo S E-Hybrid comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine offering the utmost in power with 670 horsepower and 664 pound-foot of torque. This power is exactly what brings the Cayenne to top speeds of 183 miles per hour while maintaining an average fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
The base 2020 Cayenne starts at $66,800 and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $161,9000. Porsche encourages buyers to build and customize the SUV to suit their needs. This is likely why Lima’s Porsche Cayenne set the model back $350,000.
Some of the Cayenne’s most notable features include the BOSE Surround Sound System, the full-color Head-Up Display, Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Park Assist with Surround View. The Cayenne also features Adaptive Cruise Control, LED headlights, and the Porsche Dynamic Light System. One of the most impressive aesthetics of the Cayenne’s interior is its panoramic glass roof and sunblind as well as the luxurious seats that offer ventilation and massage functions. What’s not to love about the beautiful Porsche Cayenne?