Monday, May 23, 2011

Porsche Cayenne

by: Danny Lambert 

Frankly speaking, it is the Cayenne that compels me to use the word vehicle in conjunction with Porsche. Before the introduction of the Cayenne, Porsche only used to manufacture cars. Thus, this model signifies a significant shift in the designing paradigm of Porsche. The Cayenne has the first V8 engine built by Porsche since the discontinuation of the 928 in 1995.

The model range

The Cayenne range, although relatively new, can be divided into two stages of development. The range manufactured from 2002 to 2006 is called the 1st generation Cayenne while the vehicles since have been known as the 2nd generation. The differences between the two are listed below.

•Porsche Cayenne 1st generation

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)
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2855 mm (112.4 in)
Length 4780 mm (188.2 in)
Turbo 4783 mm (188.3 in)
Width 1928 mm (75.9 in)
Height 1700 mm (66.9 in)

•Porsche Cayenne 2nd generation

Engine(s) 3.0L 335 hp (250 kW) V6 Turbo Diesel
3.6L 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 2855 mm (112.4 in)
Length 4798 mm (188.9 in)
Turbo 4795 mm (188.8 in)
Width 1928 mm (75.9 in)
Height 1700 mm (66.9 in)

In today’s market the Cayenne is available in six different variants with two more to be launched shortly. These variants are –

•Cayenne (base model)
•Cayenne S
•Cayenne GTS
•Cayenne Turbo
•Cayenne Turbo S
•Cayenne S Transsyberia

Two new models, the Cayenne hybrid and the Cayenne diesel are eagerly awaited and are expected to hit the markets in 2009.

If you are looking for a luxury SUV, the Cayenne is the vehicle for you. To have a look at the vehicle and check out the variants, drop by the website This is the website of Porsche Melbourne, which is the premier dealership of Porsche in Melbourne. Get in touch with them and get your hands on your dream car. 

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