Porsche is proud to introduce the third generation of the Cayenne, the sports car among sports utility vehicles. This latest edition of the successful all-wheel-drive four-door sports car from the Stuttgart marque is a completely new development and combines typical Porsche performance with everyday versatility. Powerful turbocharged engines, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, new chassis systems
Sporting and precise with a clear design – new and yet familiar: the appearance of the new Cayenne reflects the style that runs through the Porsche Design DNA. The enlarged air intakes at the front are clear statements of the increased performance. The new horizontal light edges create a wider and more athletic impression, even when stationary. The overall elegance and streamlining of the Cayenne is notably enhanced by an increase in overall length of 63 mm and a 9 mm lower roof height compared with its predecessor; without any change to the overall wheelbase (2,895 mm). Total length is 4,918 mm and width (excluding mirrors) is 1,983 mm. The luggage compartment volume is now 770 litres – an increase of 100 litres. The wheels are one inch larger in diameter, with wider wheels and tyres on the rear axle for the first time, emphasising the enhanced driving dynamics. The distinctive, three dimensional Porsche logo spans the redesigned rear lights, which feature a three dimensional design and narrow LED strips. Every Cayenne is fitted with LED headlights as standard, and from here a new three-stage headlight concept is available. In the next upgrade, the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) can be selected as an option, offering a variety of light modes such as cornering lights and motorway lights. The new LED main headlights with matrix beam including PDLS Plus are the ultimate system available. Fully variable light distribution and intensity are enabled by 84 individually activated light-emitting diodes; this means that the Cayenne can offer new functions such as high beam that does not glare opposing traffic, as well as adaptive road sign glare control. Faster on the road, even more impressive on the rough: Tiptronic S and PTM The expanded performance range of the Cayenne, broadening both sportiness and comfort, is due in no small part to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox. Shorter response times and sportier ratios in the lower gears enhance both on-road performance and off-road capability. At the other end of the expanded spread between comfort and sportiness, the taller eighth gear ensures lower revs, optimised fuel consumption and relaxed cruising. Even on rough terrain, the Cayenne provides straightforward driving pleasure. Programmed off-road modes make it easy for the driver to select the right set-up for their drive. The default setting is the on-road programme. Four other modes activate the conditioning for mild off-road terrain: Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks. The drive, chassis and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario. For power distribution, Porsche utilises the active all-wheel drive in every Cayenne. The intelligent, fully variable Porsche Traction Management (PTM) distributes the torque between the driven axles. Its hang-on concept is a key principle for the excellent sporting performance of the Cayenne. At the same time, it fulfils all requirements for extensive traction on rough terrain.
The new Cayenne combines three chassis concepts in one new design: sports car, off-roader and touring car. This involved developing a new lightweight chassis base with a front axle featuring a separated link design and a multi-link rear axle. A typical sports car feature is the new mixed tyres, which ride on wheels of at least 19 inches diameter. The mixed tyres improve cornering stability and driving dynamics. Wheel sizes up to 21 inches are available as an option. New developments: rear-axle steering, air suspension, roll stabilisation This format provides the optimal basis for the active chassis systems, which are analysed and synchronised by the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system. The system works in real time, optimising handling even further. With the exception of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damper system (standard with the Cayenne S), all other chassis systems are new. For the first time, the Cayenne is available with the option of electric rear-axle steering – a unique attribute in the segment. The system, tried and tested both in the 911 and the Panamera, improves agility in bends and high speed lane-change stability. The reduced turning circle also makes for easier manoeuvring day to day. The optional adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology significantly increases the spread between a sporting and assured connection with the road and the driving comfort expected of a touring car. As before, the system enables adjustments to the ground clearance on rough terrain. With the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation, drivers benefit by changing from a hydraulic to a new electrically operated system. This upgrade is made possible by a powerful 48 volt vehicle electrical system. The consequent shorter response times enable even more precision in the driving dynamics – and even more comfort overall.
With the innovative Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB), the sports car manufacturer is once again assuming a pioneering role in the development of high-performance brakes. This world first is available as an option for all Cayenne models and consists of a cast-iron disc with a tungsten-carbide coating. This finish increases the friction values, and wear and brake dust are reduced. The brake, exclusive to Porsche, is also visually impressive the brake calipers are painted white, while the surface of the discs develops a unique shine appearance after bedding-in. The PSCB is only available in combination with the 20” and 21” diameter wheels. The PCCB ceramic brakes remain the top system in the range.
The new Cayenne offers even more potential when it comes to sporting performance. Porsche has redeveloped the
Sports cars need a lightweight construction. Following the principles of the 911 and the Panamera, the new body of the Cayenne also uses an intelligent combination of alloy and steel. The exterior is made entirely of aluminium. The floor pan assembly, front section and virtually all the chassis components are also manufactured from alloy. One particular technical highlight is the innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which alone accounts for a weight saving of 10 kg over the predecessor model. In total, the weight of the Cayenne when empty has been reduced from 2,040 to 1,985 kilograms – even considering the high level of standard equipment, which includes LED main headlights, larger wheels, ParkAssist (front and rear), digital radio and satellite navigation, an LTE telephone module including a WiFi hotspot, Porsche Digital evolution: Porsche Advanced Cockpit and new PCM With the new generation, the Cayenne is writing a fresh chapter in the relationship between driver and vehicle. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit is fully integrated into the sporting, luxurious ambience. At the heart of the new display and control concept is the 12 inch full-HD touchscreen of the latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM), launched last year with the new Panamera.
A range of digital functions can be operated intuitively – including by voice control. The standard Porsche Connect Plus allows access to online services and the Internet. This includes the standard online navigation with real-time traffic information. The analog controls on the new center console are focused on the main functions of the vehicle. Other buttons
Cayenne and Cayenne S market launch The new generation Porsche Cayenne is launching in two variants, each distinguished by their outstanding driving performance. The Cayenne with a sixcylinder turbo engine and displacement of three litres delivers 340 hp (250 kW), and develops torque of 450 Nm. It accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). The maximum speed is 152 mph.
The second model to launch is the Cayenne S. It is driven by a 2.9-litre V6 engine with twin-turbocharging. This engine, which has also been newly developed, delivers 440 hp (324 kW), plus torque of 550 Nm. Accordingly, the vehicle accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package: 4.9 seconds). The maximum speed is 164 mph.