"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself"

- Ferdinand Porsche

Porsche Cayenne Facts

Porsche Cayenne
Facelifted 1st-gen Porsche Cayenne
Manufacturer Porsche
Also called Porsche 957
Production 2002-present
Assembly Leipzig, Germany
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, four-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group PL71 platform
Related Volkswagen Touareg
Audi Q7

The Porsche Cayenne (Type number 957) is a five seat mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle manufactured by the Germanmanufacturer Porsche since 2002, with North American sales beginning in 2003. Its platform was developed by Porsche and is shared with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7. It is the first V8-engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995, when the Porsche 928was discontinued. Since 2008, all engines have featured direct injection technology.

The second-generation Cayenne was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March following an online reveal on February 25, 2010.


The Cayenne's frame and doors are sourced from Volkswagen, who uses the frames and doors for the Volkswagen Touareg model. All other aspects of vehicle design, tuning, production are done in house at Porsche.

First generation

Porsche Cayenne
1st generation
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Production 2002–2006
Engine(s) 3.2 L 250 hp VR6
4.5 L 340 hp (254 kW) V8 (S)
4.5 L 450 hp (336 kW) V8 (Turbo)
4.5 L 521 hp (389 kW) V8 (Turbo S)

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,855 mm (112.4 in)
Length 4,780 mm (188.2 in)
Turbo: 4,783 mm (188.3 in)
Width 1,928 mm (75.9 in)
Height 1,700 mm (66.9 in)
Porsche Cayenne
1st generation (face-lifted)
Updated Porsche Cayenne (US)
Production 2007–2010
Engine(s) 3.0 L 240 hp (179 kW) V6 Turbo Diesel
3.6 L 290 hp (216 kW) VR6
4.8 L 385 hp (287 kW) V8 (S)
4.8 L 405 hp (302 kW) V8 (GTS)
4.8 L 500 hp (370 kW) V8 (Turbo)
4.8 L 550 hp (410 kW) V8 (Turbo S)
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,855 mm (112.4 in)
Length 4,798 mm (188.9 in)
Turbo: 4,795 mm (188.8 in)
Width 1,928 mm (75.9 in)
Height 1,700 mm (66.9 in)

Cayenne (base model)

The base model is powered by a 3.2-liter VR6 engine producing 250 hp (190 kW); modifications in the exhaust manifold allow power to peak at 6700 rpm. This is the same 3.2-liter motor found on a Volkswagen Touareg and Volkswagen R32. A Turbo Diesel engine is also available. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (97 km) is 7.5 seconds with manual transmission and 8.1 seconds with the Tiptronic S. Notably, independent testing has produced a time of 9.2 seconds for the Tiptronic diesel.

Cayenne S

The S is powered by an 8-cylinder engine with a dry-sump lubrication system and variable valve timing. The Cayenne S' engine produces 340 hp (250 kW) and 369 ft·lbf (500 N·m) of torque. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is 6.4 seconds and the top speed is 155 miles per hour.

Cayenne GTS

The GTS is powered with a 405 hp 4.8 liter V8 and features a sport suspension and 21-inch (530 mm) wheels. It is lighter than the Cayenne S and has an aerodynamic body kit. The Porsche Cayenne GTS has a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 5.7 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission is also offered.[1]

Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S

Electronic Stabilizer decoupling demonstrating extra wheel articulation.


The 1st generation Cayenne Turbo had 450 horsepower (340 kW), and accelerated from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.3 seconds. A Turbo S version was built in 2006 to compete with the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. The Cayenne Turbo S included a low-range case, a locking differential, and the height-adjustable, off-road suspension also standard on the regular Turbo model. It was powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.5-liter V8 that produced 520 bhp (390 kW) and 700 N·m (520 lb·ft) of torque. Acceleration from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) was 5.0 seconds and the top speed was 171 miles per hour. It featured a 6-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission.

A new Turbo was revealed at the 2008 Beijing auto show. It received 50 hp (37 kW) more power, and now accelerated from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. Also revealed with the new Turbo was a new 550 horsepower (410 kW) Turbo S. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is 4.7 seconds and has optional ceramic composite brakes.

Cayenne Diesel

Porsche is selling a diesel version of the Cayenne powered by Volkswagen's 3.0L V6 TDI engine since February 2009.[2] The engine is rated at 240 PS (180 kW; 240 hp) and 550 N·m (410 lb·ft) of torque.

The car was unveiled in 2009 Geneva Motor Show.[3]

Cayenne S Transsyberia

Originally a racing vehicle for Transsyberia rally, only 26 were built.[4]

The street version was later built to commemorate Porsche's victory in Transsyberia rally. It is a variant with the 405 hp (302 kW) direct-inject 4.8L V8 from the Cayenne GTS. Sales began in January 2009.[5]

Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 (2010)

It is a limited edition (1000 unit, 100 in USA[6]) model based on Cayenne GTS designed by Porsche Design Studio. It includes Lava Grey Metallic body, 21-inch SportPlus wheels, black leather upholstery with red contrasting seams, Porsche Design Chronograph (Type P’6612).

The sales began in May 2009 with MSRP of €79,100 before tax.[7]


At the IAA 2005, Porsche announced it will produce a hybrid version of the Cayenne before 2010 (Porsche Cayenne Hybrid). Two years later, at the IAA 2007, Porsche presented a functioning Cayenne Hybrid and demonstration model of the drivetrain.

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.[8]


Model Engine Power (hp, torque)@rpm
Cayenne 3,598 cc (3.6 L; 219.6 cu in) V6 358 PS (263 kW; 353 hp)@6200, 385 N·m (284 lb·ft)@3000
Cayenne S 4,806 cc (4.8 L; 293.3 cu in) V8 410 PS (300 kW; 400 hp)@6200, 500 N·m (370 lb·ft)@3500
Cayenne S Transsyberia 4,806 cc (4.8 L; 293.3 cu in) V8 410 PS (300 kW; 400 hp)@6500, 500 N·m (370 lb·ft)@3500
Cayenne GTS 4,806 cc (4.8 L; 293.3 cu in) V8 415 PS (305 kW; 409 hp)@6500, 500 N·m (370 lb·ft)@3500
Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 4,806 cc (4.8 L; 293.3 cu in) V8 415 PS (305 kW; 409 hp)@6500, 500 N·m (370 lb·ft)@3500
Cayenne Turbo 4,806 cc (4.8 L; 293.3 cu in) twin turbo V8 500 PS (370 kW; 490 hp)@6000, 700 N·m (520 lb·ft)@2250-4500
Cayenne Turbo S 4,806 cc (4.8 L; 293.3 cu in) twin turbo V8 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp)@6000, 750 N·m (550 lb·ft)@2250-4500
Cayenne Diesel 2,967 cc (3.0 L; 181.1 cu in) turbo V6 240 PS (180 kW; 240 hp), 550 N·m (410 lb·ft)@2000
Cayenne S Hybrid 2,967 cc (3.0 L; 181.1 cu in) supercharged V6, 3-phase synchronous electric motor Petrol: 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp), 439 N·m (324 lb·ft)@2900-5300

Electric: 52 PS (38 kW; 51 hp), 300 N·m (220 lb·ft)

Second generation

Porsche Cayenne
2nd generation
2011 Porsche Cayenne S (US)
Production 2010-
Engine(s) 240 hp (179 kW) V6 (Diesel)
300 hp (224 kW) VR6 (Base)
380 hp (283 kW) V6 (Hybrid)
400 hp (298 kW) V8 (S)
500 hp (373 kW) V8 (Turbo)
Transmission(s) 8-speed Aisin Tiptronic S automatic [9]
Wheelbase 2,895 mm (114.0 in)
Length 4,846 mm (190.8 in)
Width 1,938 mm (76.3 in)
Height 1,705 mm (67.1 in)

The next-generation Porsche Cayenne is expected to go on sale around April–May 2010 as a 2011 model, with an official debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. In preparation for the upcoming unveiling, the Cayenne production facility in Leipzig, Germany, closed in December 2009 in order to commence the obligatory factory retooling for the new model, a process which is planned to take 2–3 months.

The first spy photos of the car were posted on the internet on the 5th of June 2008.[10] Further spy photos, taken on June 2, 2009 [11]and between July 2009 and January 2010 reveal a visually shorter, smaller Cayenne with more muscular curves, a more slanted rear window and less upright windshield, a more sloping roofline, door-mounted mirrors, smaller windows at the rear of the vehicle, headlights inspired by the Carrera GT, taillights that extend onto the car's tailgate, LED daytime running lights and a vastly redesigned interior modeled after the Panamera. The new Cayenne is expected to be almost 250 kilograms (550 lb) lighter than the current model due to extensive use of aluminum and magnesium, making it more fuel efficient than the current lineup, as well as 5 centimeters shorter than the outgoing model. Despite its lower stance, the new vehicle's off-road capabilities have been heightened without compromising the street performance-oriented layout and design. Diesel and hybrid variants will also be offered.

The Cayenne will again be the first of the three new SUVs from the VW group; the new Volkswagen Touareg will be 6–12 months behind, while the next-generation Audi Q7 is due in 2013. Rumored standard features of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne will include air conditioning w/dual-zone climate controls, interior air filter, tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, outside-temperature indicator, universal garage door opener, power liftgate, and power sunroof in the base model. The Cayenne S will add on tri-zone climate controls, heated steering wheel, and a compass. The Cayenne GTS will add on a rearview camera, remote engine start, keyless access and start, and memory system. Finally, the most upscale Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S will add on a navigation system w/voice recognition, premium sound system, 4-zone climate controls, heated rear seats, and 6-disc CD changer.[12]

The Cayenne's engines are expected to receive a tuning upgrade, resulting in faster acceleration times with more horsepower and torque, as well as more powerful direct injection technology to improve efficiency. It is expected to source its V8 engines from the Panamera.

Porsche Cayenne hybrid drivetrain.


Articles released in January 2010 have revealed that the Cayenne will receive a 3.6L V6 engine producing 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS), the Cayenne S will receive the same 4.8L V8 in the Panamera S models producing 400 hp (298 kW; 406 PS) and the Cayenne Turbo will receive the Panamera Turbo's 4.8L twin-turbo V8 producing 500 hp (373 kW; 507 PS). The long-awaited Cayenne S Hybrid will use an Audi-sourced 3.0L V6 engine producing 333 hp (248 kW; 338 PS) and pair it with an lithium ion battery capable of 47 hp (35 kW; 48 PS) for a total of 380 hp (283 kW; 385 PS), just 20 hp (15 kW; 20 PS) shy of the Cayenne S. A manual gearbox will serve as the standard transmission system on the base Cayenne, with all other models featuring an eight-speed Tiptronic as standard equipment. The low-range transfer case found in the previous generation has been removed. All vehicles will feature approximately 10 percent less weight than their predecessors, 70 kilograms worth of standard equipment in excess of that found on the current model and a more heavily contoured rear bench.

The Cayenne, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Hybrid, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo will be the first models to be released in 2010. The Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo S models are expected to follow within a timeframe of six months to a few years.

The 2011 Cayenne was revealed online on February 25, 2010, and in person at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2.

The base prices of the four 2011 Cayenne models coming to the US market were published online on March 31, 2010, just ahead of the NY International Auto Show on April 2.[13]

Model Engine 0–60 mph Price (USD)
Cayenne Diesel 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) V6 7.8 sec  -
Cayenne 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) V6 7.5 sec (manual)/7.8 sec (Tiptronic S) $46,700
Cayenne S Hybrid 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp) V6/lithium ion battery 6.5 sec $67,700
Cayenne S 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) V8 5.9 sec $63,700
Cayenne Turbo 500 PS (368 kW; 493 hp) V8 4.7 sec $104,800



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