Porsche Cayenne Reviews
The Porsche Cayenne SUV was launched in 2002 sharing the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 platform, this was the first SUV manufactured by Porsche and became an instant hit, breaking all international sales records and doubling Porsches sales in the first two years.
First Generation Porsche Cayenne 2002-2009
The Porsche Cayenne is available in four versions, the basis version Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne S , Porsche Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S.
The base model of the Porsche Cayenne has a 3.2L VR6 engine with 250HP . The same engine used in the Volkswagen Touareg. The platform, chassis, doors and part of the design of the Porsche Cayenne have the same layout as the Volkswagen Touareg. The Porsche Cayenne S is powered by a 4.5L V8 engine with 340HP. The Porsche Cayenne GTS has a 4.8L 8V engine with 405HP, and with a sport suspension and 21-inch rims. It's a little lighter than the Porsche Cayenne S and has a car kit that increases its aerodynamics. The Porsche Cayenne GTS reaches 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds. A 6-speed manual transmission is optional.
The first generation of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has a 4.5L engine with 450HP and can do 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds. A Cayenne Turbo S version came to market in 2006 to compete with the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S includes adjustable off-road suspension and a 4.5L V8 with 520hp 520 lb -ft of torque and a maximum speed of 283 km/h.
In 2007 the Porsche Cayenne received a light facelift, the basic version of the Porsche Cayenne engine will change to a bigger one with 290HP 3.6L VR6 . The Porsche Cayenne S received a 4.8L V8 engine with 385HP . And the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S received a 4.8L V8 engine with 500HP and 550HP respectively.
A diesel version of the Porsche Cayenne was launched at the 2009 Geneva AutoShow sharing the same diesel engine as Volkswagen Touareg 3.0L V6 TDI turbo diesel with 240HP .
Second Generation Porsche Cayenne
The second generation of the Porsche Cayenne SUV was released in March 2010, in 2008 Porsche published photos of the new Cayenne . The new Porsche Cayenne 2010 has similar headlights to Porsche Carrera GT and shares part of the interior design with the new Porsche Panamera sedan. The second generation of Cayenne is 250kg lighter than its predecessor with key parts manufactured aluminum and magnesium.
The the Cayenne features a robust 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust. The unit delivers 300HP at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 295 lb.-ft. at 3,000 rpm. Maximum top track speed is 142 mph. The car requires 7.1 seconds to reach 60 mph with a manual transmission. The 6-speed manual transmission on the Cayenne has been specifically adapted for the demands of high-performance use. The gear lever throw is short and precise, and each of the six ratios has been selected for optimum progression through the gears. As the center console rises to meet the dashboard, the gear lever is close to hand – for an even more engaging drive. An 8-speed Tiptronic S is also available as an upgrade on the Cayenne coupled with the Auto Start Stop function. The Start/Stop function is something recently developed by Porsche which for example, if you stop at traffic lights and keep your foot on the brake pedal, the auto start/stop function will automatically cut the engine. Although the engine is not running, all audio and communication systems remain switched on and the standard climate control continues to maintain the selected temperature. The only changes you’ll perceive: peace and quiet and – thanks to greater fuel economy – also peace of mind
In automatic mode, the driver can influence gearshifts on the Tiptronic S using the throttle and brakes alone. Tiptronic S automatically adapts the gearshift points for performance driving – equally, if a more defensive driving style is detected, the system selects a gearshift point that offers maximum fuel economy. Porsche Traction Management (PTM) is an active all-wheel drive system with an electronically variable, map-controlled multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR).
Torque is distributed between the front and rear axles by means of the electronically variable multi-plate clutch. For the toughest off-road terrain, the differential can be locked using the PTM control on the center console. With the aid of on-board sensors, the status of the car is continuously monitored and the front/rear split is adjusted to match changing driving conditions. The sensors are used to measure a range of values, including the rotational speed of all four wheels, the lateral and longitudinal acceleration of the car, and the current steering angle.
The V6 engine in the Cayenne features variable valve timing (VVT) on both inlet and exhaust. The camshaft phase angles are continuously varied by the engine management system via rotary-vane adjusters. On the Cayenne S Hybrid, the inlet valve timing is continuously adjusted. The key benefits include better fuel economy and lower emissions. It also helps to generate greater power and torque – even at low engine speeds.