2012 Porsche Cayenne by Caractere Exclusive

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

Although we knew that Caractere is specialized in tuning Vw and Audi models, it appears that the well-known tuning company decided to extend its lineup and added a new brand to its portfolio: Porsche. The new company is named “Caractere Exclusive” and is specialized exclusively in the development and marketing of accessories for luxury vehicles.

As a result, Caractere Exclusive unveiled today its tuning kit for the Porsche Cayenne and announced that it is already in the process of developing a full range of equipment for the 991.

Regarding the Porsche Cayenne, the new tuning programme consists of a new front bumper which resembles the Cayenne Turbo featuring a sick front spoiler and larger air intakes, enlarged front fenders, new side sills, enlarged rear fenders, a new rear roof spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser.

In addition, Caractere Exclusive also offers a new sport exhaust system which enhances the performance and changes the sound of the engine.

The design of the car is completed by a new set of wheels: 22-inch CW1 Graphite or Silver (the wheels are also available in the same widths in 20-inch and 21-inch). For the interior, Caractere Exclusive offers a set of carbon fiber trims available in various colours and different finishes.

The latest Porsche Cayenne embodies the future of technology as well as sporty elegant design with its improved performance and features. Compared to its predecessor, the new Porsche Cayenne is more powerful and more efficient as well as roomier and lighter. The Cayenne range is now augmented by the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, which is Porsche’s first production car powered by a hybrid drive.

Compared to their predecessors, the newest Cayenne consumes up to 23 percent less fuel – thanks to the fact the latest iteration was developed according to the principle of Porsche Intelligent Performance that aims to squeeze more power on less fuel while emitting less carbon dioxide. In fact, three out of five models in the Cayenne range consume less than 10 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (New European Driving Cycle). In addition, two Cayenne models emit less than 200 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer -- the Cayenne Diesel (195 g/km) and the Cayenne S Hybrid at (193 g/km).

This seemingly unbelievable drop in fuel consumption is thanks to a number of measures like the introduction of Porsche's new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with Auto Start Stop and wider range of gear increments. Other measures include recuperation of the on-board network, variable overrun cut-off and thermal management on the engine and transmission cooling circuit.

Further efficiencies were also achieved thanks to consistent reduction of weight as well as intelligent lightweight construction, employing weight-optimized mix of materials. The weight savings are astounding. For instance, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is now lighter by 185 kilograms (almost 410 lbs), even though it is provided with more features and better standard safety systems.

This weight savings translates not only to increased performance, agility and handling but also lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. This means that the new Porsche Cayenne could deliver more driving enjoyment, greater everyday driving qualities and improved comfort. On the other hand, the newest generation of the Cayenne features an athletic yet still very elegant design that conveys its true nature as a sporting performer.

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