The Porsche Cayenne is a five-seat mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by the German automaker Porsche since 2002, with North American sales beginning in 2003. It is the first V8 engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995, when the Porsche 928 was discontinued.
The Cayenne's appearance was criticised on the BBC TV series Top Gear. The presenters concluded that whilst the car was well engineered and was a capable off-roader, it was an extremely ugly vehicle.
All 2008 engines feature direct injection. The charge-cooling effect of direct fuel injection permits a higher compression ratio without the risk of detonation, improving horsepower and torque. Fuel consumption has been reduced approximately 0.4 to 0.8 km/L across the range, even though the official window stickers say otherwise - the EPA changed its testing methodology in 2008. Fuel consumption is 6 km/L city, 8.5 km/L Motorway for the base model. The drag coefficient is 0.35 Cd and all models get a power lift gate and a tire pressure monitoring system. There are currently 5 engines available in the Cayenne:
Porsche has just released the details of the new Cayenne Turbo S (EUR 111,400 starting price) at the 2008 Beijing auto show. It will have an extra 50 hp, raising the total horsepower to 550, which lowers its 0-100 km/h time to a mere 4.7 seconds. It's distinguished by standard 21 inch Sport Plus alloy wheels and, for the first time in the Cayenne line, optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes that measure a whopping 40.64 cm in front and 36.83 cm in back. The new Cayenne Turbo S is expected to be introduced to the market in August 2008.
Notable modifications to this car include an electric vacuum pump and hydraulic steering pump, allowing the car to function even when the engine is deactivated. A 288-volt nickel metal hydride battery is placed under the boot floor, occupying the space normally used for a spare tire.
Recently, Michael Winkler, managing director of Porsche Australia, revealed that a hybrid Cayenne would be available in 2009.. Winkler also said that the system is designed to work with all of the engines in the Cayenne lineup, including turbocharged versions.
The Cayenne Hybrid is expected to achieve 11.1km/L under tougher European standards.
The street version was later built to commemorate Porsche's victory in Transsyberia rally. It is a variant with 405-hp (20 over original Transsyberia) direct-inject 4.8L V8 from the Cayenne GTS with optional 6-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with a final drive ratio shortened 15% to 4.1:1.
The final vehicle cost €77,558. It began on sale on January 2009.
The next generation Porsche Cayenne is expected to arrive in mid-late 2010. First spy photos of the car were posted on the internet on the 5th of June 2008 . The Cayenne will again be the first of the three new SUVs from the VW group. The new Touareg will be 6-12 months behind.
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