Official: New Porsche Cayenne makes its debut ahead of Geneva

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Monday August 30, 2010

Official: New Porsche Cayenne makes its debut ahead of Geneva

Porsche unveiled today the brand new generation of the Cayenne and announced its official debut for this year’s Geneva Motor Show. As a premiere, the new generation of the Cayenne introduces the hybrid version in the Cayenne S Hybrid, capable to deliver impressive fuel consumption in the New European Driving Cycle of just 8.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 34.4 mpg imp) and just 193 g/km CO2 emissions.

And this is not all! The new Porsche Cayenne shows a better fuel consumption comparing it to the current version…according to the manufacturer the fuel consumption is down by up to 23 per cent, because the new SUV has been developed according to the principle of “Porsche Intelligent Performance”: more power on less fuel, greater efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.

This means that we have a new Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission with Auto Start Stop and a wide spread of gear ratios, a thermal management of the engine and transmission cooling circuit, an on-board network recuperation, variable engine cut-off and intelligent lightweight construction. As you expected, the car is much lighter comparing it to the current version.

For example, due to the use of the extra-light all-wheel drive, the Cayenne S is with 180 kilos or 400 lb lighter. Inside, the manufacturer promises extra space and greater variability, ensured by the new wheelbase which is with 40 mm or almost 1.6” longer. In all, the new Cayenne is 48 mm or 1.9” longer than its predecessor.

The most significant eye-catcher within the brand-new, high-quality interior is the centre console rising up to the front with its upright selector or gearshift lever, giving the interior the typical character of a cockpit upfront. The rear-seat bench moves fore-and-aft by 160 millimetres or 6.3”, with the backrest angle adjusting to three different settings.

Sales of the new Cayenne are programmed to start on 8 May. The range starts with the 3.6-litre V6 Cayenne which carries 300 hp mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission and capable to deliver a fuel consumption of just 9.9 ltr/100 km, equal to 28.5 mpg imp. The Cayenne Diesel carries the same 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine from Audi (found also on the current Cayenne Diesel) capable to deliver 240 hp (176 kW) and 550 Newton-metre (405 lb-ft). The fuel consumption of the new Cayenne diesel is down from 9.3 to 7.4 ltr/100 km (equal to 30.4 mpg imp now improving to 38.2 mpg imp).

The Cayenne S gets 400 hp now (previous model had 385 hp) from its 4.8-litre V8 engine and shows a fuel consumption of 10.5 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 26.9 mpg imp). The flagship a.k.a. Cayenne Turbo comes with 500 hp delivered by the 4.8-litre V8 biturbo engine and shows a fuel consumption of just 11.5 ltr/100 km (equal to 27.6 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle, again 23 per cent less than its predecessor (14.9 ltr/100 km or 19.0 mpg imp).

The Cayenne S Hybrid, carries a three-litre supercharged V6 and the electric motor. The petrol engine delivers 333 hp while the 34 kW (47 hp) electric motor is the ideal partner with its torque at low speeds. Together, the two drive units deliver maximum system output of 380 bhp and peak torque of 580 Nm/427 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm, with the same kind of performance as the Cayenne S with its V8 power unit.

The two drive units are connected to one another by a separator clutch masterminded by the Hybrid Manager. Indeed, this separator clutch is essential to run the Cayenne S Hybrid either on its electric motor or combustion engine alone, or with both drive units operating together. The new Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances on electric power alone and can be driven at a speed of up to 60 km/h or almost 40 mph.

To ensure fast acceleration when setting off, the electric motor may however serve to provide additional thrust through its boosting effect. Intelligent management of the separator clutch makes the transition among the hybrid-specific driving modes most inconspicuous, comfortable and quick for the driver. At the same time the combustion engine may be completely switched off at speeds of up to 156 km/h or 97 mph, being fully disengaged from the drivetrain when no further power is required.

In this so-called sailing mode, cruising along without power, the drag forces exerted by the combustion engine and their braking effect are eliminated in the interest of lower drive resistance and fuel consumption. The prices of the new Cayenne models in Germany including national specifications and 19 per cent value-added tax (Euro base prices without national specifications and 19 per cent VAT in brackets) are as follows: Cayenne - 55,431 Euro (46,400 Euro); Cayenne Diesel - 59,596 Euro (49,900 Euro); Cayenne S - 72,686 Euro (60,900 Euro); Cayenne S Hybrid - 78,636 Euro (65,900 Euro); Cayenne Turbo - 115,526 Euro (96,900 Euro).