For years, the Porsche Cayenne has underlined its position as a truly sporty choice among full-size luxury SUVS. The newest update further emphasis the Cayenne’s virtues with the help of a sharpened design, enhanced performance and more features as standard. The latest generation Cayenne is available in India in a total of four versions: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel, Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo.
In its latest version, Porsche has given the Cayenne an even sharper design with sleeker lines and purposefully placed light refracting edges. The front-end design including the headlights, the grille, the bonnet and the front wings have been restyled to achieve the sharp look. The new layout of the rear lights creates a three-dimensional effect with the brake lights designed in four elements. The licence plate, boot handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the boot lid.
In addition to other design updates, the newly developed exhaust tailpipes are now incorporated in the lower rear section, while an automatically activating boot lid is fitted as standard.
Inside, much of the layout has been shaped around the driver, with a new multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles as standard. The same wheel is also featured in the 918 Spyder hybrid super car. According to Porsche, the rear seats are now even more comfortable, with optional seat ventilation being available for the first time.
The new Cayenne boasts of standard features like air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Entry and Drive, four-zone auto climate control and panorama sunroof. Buyers can additionally specify their vehicles with options like soft-close doors, surround camera as well as the Sport Chrono package which now incorporates the Performance Start function.
Engine and Gearbox
Porsche says that power and torque figures have been boosted while improving fuel economy. The new Cayenne range is more efficient than ever, thanks to new features including a coasting function, a further advanced auto stop-start function plus (except Diesel) and optimised thermal management.
The 3-litre, V6 engine in the Cayenne Diesel produces 245hp and 550Nm of torque. Zero to 100kmph comes up in 7.6 seconds and the top speed is rated at 218kmph. The 4.2-litre, V8 engine in the Cayenne S Diesel produces 385bhp and 850Nm of torque. The new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, meanwhile, develops 420bhp and 550Nm of torque. The latter can be found in the Cayenne S and with its standard 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission, zero to 100kmph can be achieved in just 5.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than the previous Cayenne S.
Lastly, there’s the Cayenne Turbo which leads the SUV range. Powered by a 4.8-litre bi-turbo V8 engine, the Turbo model develops 520bhp and 750Nm of torque. This lets the vehicle accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in a mere 4.5 seconds (4.4 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). Its top speed is 280 kmph.
Price and Competition
The new Cayenne range is currently available at all Porsche showrooms in India with ex-showroom prices ranging between Rs 1.02 crore and Rs 1.78 crore. The sporty luxury SUV competes with the likes of Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and the X5 M.