Just four years after
launching the Cayenne
, Porsche is back with a new version of
its popular SUV. Designed to emphasize the “sport” in sport-utility vehicle, the
original decision to build the Cayenne
was greeted with plenty of skepticism
and more than a little derision, but it has proved a very strong part of the
German marque’s lineup, boasted Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, during a Monday
preview at the Detroit Auto Show. “It was patently dismissed, but it’s now
patently loved,” said the executive.
The new version boasts significant
revisions to the exterior designed to smooth out some of the more criticized
design features. That includes more widely-set headlights, as well as the
addition of a new LED light bar, mounted in the grille below the main lamps.
That will become a standard feature on future Porsche products, company
officials noted during the unveiling, at the North American International Auto
Show. The rear spoiler on the Cayenne Turbo has been lengthened for further
aerodynamic stability, and new, rear LED taillights have been added. The subtle
changes reduce Cayenne’s wind drag
The Cayenne’s various powertrains have been
redesigned, the V-6 now delivering 290 horsepower, a more than 15 percent
increase. The Turbo model now makes 500 horsepower, and can launch from 0-60 in
just 4.9 seconds, as a longer feature on TheCarConnection.com reveals. Even with
the improvement in performance, the various versions of the 2008 Cayenne will get from 8 to
15 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing SUV.
And to keep all that power firmly
planted, the German maker has redesigned its stability control system. The
Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control can keep the cabin perfectly upright through
reasonably aggressive turns, generating up to 0.65 Gs.
Even Porsche wasn’t sure what to
expect when it launched the Cayenne, four years ago, but Wiedeking noted
that sales have been running roughly 40,000 annually, or double the initial
company forecast. Significantly, the sporty ute has become one of Porsche’s big
sellers in emerging markets, such as China and Russia, where
sales have surged by double and triple digits in recent years. “We could not
have done that with (Porsche’s classic) sports cars,” observed the
Preview: 2008 Porsche Cayenne
by Marty Padgett (1/8/2007)
Porsche promises more power,
torque, and technology.
2007 Detroit Auto Show
Coverage by TCC Team
Lights, cameras, Cobo – action.