Four years after its debut, Porsche has unveiled the second generation Cayenne, due to go on sale in the UK from 24 February 2007.
The new Cayenne models have a powerful and highly distinctive presence, and the styling changes significantly improve aerodynamic efficiency. The headlights are a new, narrowed design and now feature projector-beam units on Cayenne and Cayenne S. Revised front air intakes improve cooling and, as a result, engine performance. The wheel arches are more heavily contoured, and the rear of every Cayenne now includes a diffuser-style apron and new roof spoiler.
The new Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo have been given more powerful, direct petrol injection engines. These Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) power units lower the fuel consumption of individual models by over 8 percent (NEDC). In real driving conditions, savings of up to 15 per cent are possible.
Already acknowledged for its class-leading handling and body control, the new Cayenne models can be further enhanced by the new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabiliser system. An active anti-roll system that is available as an option on all models, PDCC significantly reduces body roll during cornering and counterbalances it wherever possible. From a driver’s perspective, the result is improved handling and agility, greater directional stability and ride comfort. When off-road, the system increases axle articulation for improved traction.
The Cayenne with the V6 engine gains an increase in displacement from 3.2 to 3.6 litres which, combined with the advantages of direct fuel injection, delivers a 40 bhp (29 kW) power enhancement. Additionally, the torque of the engine has climbed to 385 Newton metres (Nm) from 310 Nm. It can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 8.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 141mph. This compares with 9.1 seconds and 133mph respectively for the prior model. The Cayenne is priced from £37,100.
The Cayenne S now features a larger 4.8 litre, naturally-aspirated V8 engine. Courtesy of the new direct petrol injection system and the addition of VarioCam Plus valve control, the V8 now produces 500 Nm (previously 420 Nm) of torque and power output rises by 45bhp (33kW) to 385 bhp (283 kW). These higher figures translate into a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 157mph. (Previous model: 6.8 seconds and 150mph.) The Cayenne S is priced from £46,610.
The performance figures for the new Cayenne Turbo are impressive, with an engine output 50 bhp (37 kW) higher than that of its predecessor. The new 4.8 litre eight-cylinder engine, boosted by twin exhaust-driven turbochargers, now produces 500 bhp (368 kW) and 700 Nm (previously 620 Nm). The Turbo can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 171mph. (Previous model: 5.6 seconds and 165mph.) The Cayenne Turbo is priced from £74,650.
Optimum power transmission is ensured by Porsche Traction Management (PTM) which, in standard operating mode, distributes engine power between the front and rear wheels in a ratio of 38:62. The multi-disc clutch can direct up to 100 percent of drive traction to the front or rear as required.
With its brake assist function, advanced towing stabiliser system and off-road ABS, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is standard on all Cayenne models. These functions improve the brake reaction speed, markedly reduce side-to-side ‘yawing’ which can affect vehicles when towing, and optimise braking performance on loose ground.
With static and, for the first time, dynamic cornering lighting, the bi-xenon headlamps fitted as standard to the Cayenne Turbo increase active safety. The system, which can also be ordered for the Cayenne and Cayenne S, is activated above 1.8 mph (3 km/h).
Every Cayenne owner will receive a Porsche Driving Experience, a combination of test track and off-road activities and studies in advanced road driving techniques. Under the guidance of a Porsche Driving Consultant, owners will safely explore the potential of their car that will enable them to maximise the enjoyment of their new Porsche.
From Model Year 2007, the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) became standard on the Cayenne Turbo and all 911 models. The new Cayenne Turbo will also be fitted with VTS. This is the only system tested and approved by Porsche engineers at the research and development centre in Weissach, Germany. Approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, the highest in the UK, the system features a discreet pocket-sized card, which should be carried in the car when it is in motion. If the car is moved without the card on board, or should the car sense itself being lifted or towed, the tracking system is instantly alerted and, using the latest GPS technology, is able to track and locate the car. The Porsche VTS is tailored to fit every car in the range. Initial preparation is carried out at the factory with final fitting completed by Porsche Centres. It is available as an option on all other Porsche cars.