Porsche Cayenne is the first V8-engined car designed by Porsche after the discontinuance of the Porsche 928 in 1995. Production of the car started in 2002, and North American sales began one year later. The platform for this luxury five-seat mid-size crossover was developed by the German manufacturer Porsche, but it is shared with Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg.
Designed by VW
The frames and doors of the vehicle are designed by Volkswagen, which uses them for their Volkswagen Touareg. Still, every other aspect concerning design, production, and tuning is done at Porsche. The vehicle got to be appreciated for its powerful engine and excellent handling very soon after its release on the market. Initially, Porsche marched with their V8-engined Cayenne S and Turbo; then, VR6 and diesel-powered models joined this lineup.
The Cayenne base model features 3.2 L VR6 engine, with 250 HP; power peaks at 6700 RPM due to alterations in the exhaust manifold. The same motor is used by Volkswagen Golf R32 and Volkswagen Touareg. Now, a Turbo Diesel engine is available for the Cayenne, accelerating from zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds with the manual transmission, and in 8.1 seconds with the automatic transmission.
The new version has more power
The new version of Porsche Cayenne Turbo, unveiled in 2008 at the Beijing Auto Show, had 550 HP – 50 HP more than the first generation of Cayenne Turbo – and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 s.
A new Cayenne Turbo S was also unveiled in Beijing, with 550 HP, instead of 520 HP – which the original Turbo S had, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Furthermore, the car featured optional brakes manufactured out of ceramic composite.
Porsche Cayenne was improved continuously, and new models were added to the line. Initially, the first Turbo S version, designed in 2006, was built to compete against the Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG.
Engines available for the Porsche Cayenne are 3.2L 250 horsepower VR6, 4.5L 340 horsepower V8 (in the Cayenne S), 4.5L 450 horsepower V8 (in the Cayenne Turbo), 4.5L 521 horsepower V8, 3.0L 240 horsepower V6 Turbo Diesel, 3.6L 290 horsepower VR6, 4.8L 385 horsepower V8 (in the Cayenne S), 4.8L 405 horsepower V8 (in the Cayenne GTS), 4.8L 493 horsepower V8 (in the Cayenne Turbo) and 4.8L 542 horsepower V8 (in the Cayenne Turbo S).
The transmission is a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. Porsche Cayenne is 4,780 mm long, 1,928 mm wide, and 1,700 mm tall; the Turbo version is 4,783 mm long. The second generation of Cayenne cars is shorter and smaller, featuring more muscular curves and a redesigned interior.
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The engine types available now are: 240 HP V6 (Diesel), 300 HP VR6 (Base), 380 HP V6 (Hybrid), 400 HP V8 (S), 420 HP V8 (GTS) and 500 HP V8 (Turbo). The transmission is a 6-speed manual or 8-speed Aisin Tiptronic S automatic. After the thorough redesign from 2011, the 2012 Porsche Cayenne preserves its main features, displaying only a couple of updates (but significant ones).
The main attributes of the Porsche Cayenne are its excellent handling, great V8 engine, the fine interior with sliding and reclining rear seat, and the numerous options available; if you afford to buy it, then this is your car. Some other models we’ll review is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, and the Porsche Cayenne GTS. Here’s an awesome article on tips for negotiating when buying a used car.