British tuner Merdad has given the 2011 Porsche Cayenne such an extreme makeover that it has turned the SUV into a coupe. Actually, many aftermarket developers have designed modification packages for this model but this time, Merdad has released a kit that has dramatically changed the Cayenne.
Last June, Merdad announced that it is working on the Cayenne 902 Coupe. But recently, Merdad has released real world images of the vehicle.
The Cayenne now features two-generously-sized doors, and the body has received few adjustments. Merdad also tweaked the other parts of the exterior, the engine and the interior.
The Merdad Porsche Cayenne 902 Coupe is dressed in a custom body kit that features numerous aerodynamic enhancements.
The vehicle also received a set of 22-inch lightweight alloy rims that are offered in either a silver or a black finish. Merdad gave the vehicle an electronic lowering module to lower it, highlighting its appearance and improving its handling.
Merdad has also boosted the performance of Cayenne Turbo’s 4.8 liter V8 engine, which has an output of 500hp in a factory stock form. Buyers may opt from numerous power levels, ranging from 550 to 750 hp.
The topmost engine upgrade enables the vehicle to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Meanwhile, the interior received a black leather & red Alcantara finish, new trimming and a new steering wheel.
The new Porsche Cayenne is proud to have a design language that is now more dynamic and more athletic, allowing it to be instantly recognized as a Porsche. The carmaker aimed to increase the interior space and the level of variability of the new Cayenne.
To do this, it extended the car’s wheelbase by 40 mm (1.6 inches), overall length by 48 mm (1.9 inches), height by 6 mm (0.24 inches) and width by 11 mm (0.43 inch). Now, the more muscular Porsche Cayenne has a more dynamic stance on the road and has a more compact appearance although it is longer, higher and wider.
Likewise, the sports car exudes a sporting and dynamic character even at a first look, especially at its distinct front that is marked by larger center air scoop and two smaller air intakes at the side. These air scoops do not only underscore the athletic sophistication of the Porsche Cayenne but also confirm its superior power and performance. This assuring appearance is continued by the wings that are now more heavily sculpted as they rise up above the engine compartment lid.
Moreover, Porsche was able to further emphasize the front bonnet by employing a Powerdome and by giving it a V-shape appearance typical of Porsche vehicles. With the Cayenne’s front end tapering out below, its visual center of gravity become lower while its outer air intakes that extend to the outside highlight its looks as a sports car. All the new Cayenne models also come with new headlight graphics with additional lights inside.
Providing the Cayenne a more stunning appearance that exudes power and performance are the darker panels within the headlight units; the silver-colored rings; and the positioning lights on the side air intakes. Moreover, the now flatter exterior mirrors are mounted on the doorsill instead in the mirror triangle. This new design and positioning allow the new mirrors to take up the lines of the front end and blend with the overall design of the car.
Additionally, Porsche replaced the mirror triangle with an extra window, thereby improving aerodynamics and visibility in tight bends. Interestingly, the models of the Cayenne are well differentiated from one another.
For instance, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and models powered by V8 engines are marked by black air intakes at the side while the Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel feature intake louvers finished in body color. Meanwhile, the Cayenne Turbo comes with a distinct center air intake and the more characteristic Powerdome.
On the other hand, new models come with a new night design. All new Porsche Cayenne models feature LED daytime driving lights integrated as one unit in the sidelights.
The sidelights are located on the upper edge of the outer air intakes on the Cayenne, the Cayenne Diesel, the Cayenne S, and the Cayenne S Hybrid. Meanwhile, the sidelights on the Cayenne Turbo extend into the outer air intakes. The daytime light function in the main headlights of the Cayenne Turbo has been delegated to four LED spots.