The Porsche Cayenne is one of the success stories of the automotive world. To date, over a quarter of a million examples have been sold since its launch six years ago. In the last financial year 2007/08, 45,478 examples of the Porsche Cayenne were sold around the world - more than ever before in a 12 month period.
The Porsche Cayenne range has solid foundations in the form of the 290bhp 3.6-litre V6 petrol Cayenne, starting at £36,801, and the new 3.0-litre V6 Porsche Cayenne diesel with standard six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, priced from £39,404. At the pinnacle is the superlative 550bhp 4.8-litre V8 twin-turbocharged Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, from £88,869.
With a 385bhp 4.8-litre V8, the Porsche Cayenne S offers a broad spread of on and off-road ability, and is priced from £46,343. The Porsche Cayenne GTS, with lowered, stiffened suspension, 21" alloy wheels, and a 405bhp version of the 4.8-litre V8, emphasises the exemplary on-road chassis dynamics of the Cayenne. The Porsche Cayenne GTS is priced from £54,085.
Sharing the 4.8-litre V8 of the S and GTS, but adding forced induction for even greater performance, the 500bhp Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers an unrivalled blend of power and comfort. Priced from £75,137, the Turbo, with a six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.1secs. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard, which continuously monitors the damping force on each wheel based on changing road conditions and driving style.
Available to special order, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is the ultimate Cayenne, offering a 550bhp version of the twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8. This increase in power lowers the 0-62mph time by 0.3secs, but, remarkably, the average fuel economy is identical to that of the Turbo - 19.0mpg Combined. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S are also available with the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) option, which increases braking performance and offers a like-for-like weight saving of 50% compared to a steel disc.
There are two additional bespoke models in the Porsche Cayenne range; the special order Transsyberia and the limited edition GTS Porsche Design Edition 3. Costing from £52,783, the Transsyberia commemorates the success of the Porsche Cayenne in the gruelling 4,347 mile Rallye Transsyberia from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia in 2007 and 2008. The specification of the car has sporting overtones, with a 405bhp 4.8-litre V8 and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard.
The Porsche Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3, which is limited to just one thousand numbered units worldwide, features styling cues that underline the V8-powered, high-performance personality of this Porsche. The clear imprint of the Porsche Design Studio, based in Zell am See, Austria, which is one of the world leaders in industrial and product design, on this Porsche Cayenne model can be seen in the choice of the paintwork colour, Lava Grey Metallic. This is underlined further by design stripes along the side and on the bonnet and 21-inch diameter SportPlus alloy wheels that are also colour co-ordinated to match the special exterior colour. Priced from £64,753, the Porsche Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 is supplied with a unique Porsche Design Chronograph watch and four-piece luggage set bearing the 'Porsche Design Edition 3' label.Published 30 April 2009