SUV enthusiasts will have been excited to hear about the introduction of the third generation Cayenne which Porsche has just announced at a stunning event in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. And there is a lot to shout about, with new engines, a new chassis, innovative control concept and more connectivity planned.
This popular SUV has been given its third makeover since its launch in 2002, which has seen production runs exceed 760,000 units. This new incarnation will combine even more classic Porsche performance qualities with its impressive everyday versatility whilst saving 65 kilograms thanks to its intelligent lightweight construction.
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG, commented “We have completely redeveloped our successful model. It has been visibly and tangibly improved and perfected in all respects. The Cayenne has also been digitalised and networked throughout to give it a forward-thinking design”.
Director of Style at Porsche AG, Michael Mauer, who unveiled the styling of the new Cayenne alongside Director Exterior Design, Peter Varga, and Director Interior Design, Ivo van Hulten commented about the significant enhanced look of the Cayenne “Our primary objective was to accentuate the character of the vehicle. More Porsche, more Cayenne. The new Cayenne is more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive”.
Cayenne and Cayenne S Market Launch
We can expect two new Porsche SUVs to hit the market; the Cayenne with a six-cylinder turbo engine and the Cayenne S which is driven by a 2.9-litre V6 engine with twin turbocharging.
Six-cylinder turbo engine and displacement of three litres which delivers 250 kW (340 hp), developing a torque of 450 Nm. Outstanding driving performance produces acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) and a maximum speed of 245 km/h.
Porsche Cayenne S
This engine, 2.9-litre V6 engine with twin turbocharging is newly developed and delivers 324 kW (440 hp), achieving a torque of 550 Nm – 15 kW (20 hp) more than its predecessor. This aide the vehicles acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package: 4.9 seconds). The maximum speed is 265 km/h.
The New Cayenne In Detail
The Cayenne has been based heavily on the iconic 911 sports car. Its looks have been improved and it comes with mixed tyres and for the first time features rear-axle steering. The typical sports car features and on-road capabilities are improved further by active all-wheel drive, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. Even with these improvements, the Cayenne weighs up to 65 kilograms less than its predecessor and is still well attuned to off-road use.
Thanks to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox the Cayenne’s enhanced performance range improves both comfort and sportiness. Reduced response times and sportier ratios in the low gears increase both on road performance and off road capability and with the eighth gear low torques, optimised fuel consumption and relaxed driving enables extra spread between comfort and sportiness.
The redeveloped Sport Chrono Package offers potential for a more sporty performance. The Mode button situated on the steering wheel exemplifies this, offering drivers Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes. Pressing the Sport Response button in the centre activates the engine and transmission maps, which are calibrated for maximum performance. The Sport Chrono Package also includes a separate PSM Sport mode to deploy the new Cayenne’s full driving dynamics.
The shell of the car is made entirely of aluminium and a clever combination of alloy and steel results in a lighter weight sports car. The floorpan assembly, front section and virtually all the chassis components are also manufactured from alloy.
A technical highlight is the innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which on its own accounts for a weight saving of 10 kg over its predecessor. The weight of the Cayenne when empty has been reduced from 2,040 to 1,985 kilograms – even in spite of the significantly extended standard equipment, which now includes LED main headlights, larger wheels, ParkAssist (front and rear), an LTE telephone module including a WiFi hotspot, Porsche Connect services and anticipatory pedestrian protection. Porsche is including a new three-stage lighting concept for the headlights which means every Cayenne is fitted with LED headlights as standard.