Merdad shows the Porsche Cayenne 902 Coupe GTS Biturbo

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 24, 2010

Merdad, a British tuning company, unveiled today its latest creation: the Porsche Cayenne 902 Coupe. Yes, this is a coupe version of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne which was unveiled back in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

Set to make its debut at the MPH The Prestige & Performance Motor Show powered by Shell V-Power featuring Top Gear Live in November, the new car will carry an impressive 750 hp. Of course, a less powerful version delivering 550 hp will also be available.

For those who don’t know, the standard version of the Cayenne Turbo is poweredby a 4.8-litre V8 biturbo engine delivering 500 hp and a fuel consumption of just 11.5 ltr/100 km (equal to 27.6 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle.

"We are very proud that this creation has brought together many British engineers and designers who have contributed to bringing this fantastic beast to the table." said founder and creator Merdad.

We now feel the time is right to unveil the Merdad Cayenne 902 Coupe and the Merdad 5 door to the world at MPH and are excited to see what the visitors to the show think of its unique design and unbelievable power will truly set the show and the rest of the world alight” he added.

What is really interesting is that Merdad worked with Gemballa for 5 years before he opened his own tuning company.

Even when seeing the latest Porsche Cayenne for the very first time, it would be easy to recognize its brand, owing to its clear and definite design language. Now, it has been built to be even more sporting and dynamic.

From the beginning, designing the new generation has proven to be challenging. To add more space in the interior and improve the variability level, the wheelbase was lengthened by 40 mm or 1.6”, resulting to a total length increase of 48 mm or 1.9 in. Simultaneously, the height and width of the new models were increased by 6 mm or 0.24” and 11 mm or 0.43”, respectively. The Porsche Cayenne, with its new design, is more muscular and powerful in performance plus it looks more dynamic and compressed in spite of its bigger dimensions.

Sporting and dynamic cars have a distinctive character that can be clearly seen from all angles. The shape and design themes that are characteristic of Porsche are more noticeable now than ever. From the front, no one will ever mistake Cayenne for another car even at first sight because at the fascia, it has a distinctive large air scoop at the center, emphasized by dual air intakes at each side.

The air scoop highlights the sporting nature of the new model and confirms the superior power and performance offered by the Porsche Cayenne. The car’s wings are shaped a lot stronger than before and positioned higher than the engine compartment lid, letting it have the same confident look.

The engine lid, which is given more emphasis from the front, is borne out by the Powerdome while the lid’s new V-shape is very typical of Porsche. The front end narrowing out low down on the Cayenne tends to further reduce the visual center of gravity. Finally, the outer air intakes expanding far to the exterior highlight the special look of the Cayenne even more, bringing a sports car to mind.

Each and every new model shares the latest headlight graphics with extra lights at the interior, which is so distinctly Porsche. The darker panels inside the headlight units as well as the silver-colored rings on top of the headlights give it a stronger presence. These and the positioning lights on the air intakes enable the Porsche Cayenne to look more powerful. The new Porsche Cayenne’s outer mirrors are designed to look more flattering than before.

The mirror base is located on the doorsill rather than the mirror triangle. These new mirrors deliver several all-in-one benefits. In the latest design and position, the lines of the front end form a single unit with the car’s overall design.

In addition, the noise of the wind is reduced by improved aerodynamics while the visibility in sharp turns is enhanced with an extra window in the previous mirror triangle. As viewed from the front, the new models are clearly different from each other. It is typical for the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and V8 models to have black air intakes at the side in contrast to the intake louvers in body color on both the Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel.

Since the Cayenne Turbo has a unique design with a more distinctive Powerdome and center air intake, it stands out among the rest of the models. These latest models also come with a new night design.

For this reason, each model in the Porsche Cayenne range has LED daytime driving lights incorporated into a single unit in the sidelights found on the upper end of the outer air intakes on the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S Hybrid. Once more, to give a clear contrast, the Cayenne Turbo clearly stands out because of its sidelights stretching into the outer air intakes and the four LED lights, supplying the daytime light function in the main headlights.

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