A Porsche look in a new segment
Introducing the Cayenne, Porsche is moving into a new segment of the automotive market but still retaining its outstanding standards and appearance in every respect. The Cayenne S boasts clear design cues bearing equally clear testimony to the car‘s heritage: the V-shaped bonnet and front and rear seam contours, together with the raised wheel arches, muscular bumpers, unique headlights and powerful-looking tailpipes are all genuine Porsche features.
Impressive power and performance
The new V8 power unit featured in the Cayenne S develops superior torque and pulling force even from low engine speeds. Maximum torque of 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) is maintained consistently between 2500 and 5500 rpm. The extremely short and compact normally-aspirated V8 power unit with the two rows of cylinders facing one another at an angle of 90 degrees develops maximum output of 340 bhp (250 kW) at 6000 rpm from a total displacement of 4.5 litres. Porsche's new power unit incorporates 32 valves driven by two camshafts on each row of cylinders. When required to show its full performance, the Cayenne S featuring Tiptronic transmission accelerates from 0-62 mph in 7.2 seconds, then continues smoothly up to its top speed of 150 mph (242 km/h).
Innovative four-wheel drive: Porsche Traction Management
Porsche Traction Management (PTM) featured as standard on both models is crucial to the Cayenne's performance in every respect. In its basic mode, this brand-new generation of four-wheel drive distributes 62 per cent of the engine power to the rear and 38 per cent to the front wheels. Depending on the situation, up to 100 per cent of engine power and torque may be fed to the front or rear, as required. And this division of power is not determined by lack of traction alone, but rather by sensors measuring the speed of the vehicle, its lateral acceleration, steering angle and operation of the accelerator pedal in order to determine the optimum degree of locking action. When driving on rough terrain, PTM also provides direct access to a reduction gear in the torque distribution unit as well as a 100 per cent front-to-rear differential lock.
Porsche Stability Management featured as standard
Featured as standard in both the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) continuously interacts with PTM but only intervenes when the vehicle is driven to the limit, stabilising the Cayenne by applying the brakes as required on individual wheels. Should this brake function not be sufficient to stabilise the car, PSM will also intervene in engine management, controlling drive forces via the ignition and throttle butterfly.
Side impact safety system featuring thorax and curtain airbags
The Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S offer innovative technology in the area of passive safety: both the driver and front passenger airbag are activated by a gas generator operating in two stages. The new side impact safety system, in turn, is made up of the thorax airbag integrated in the seat and a curtain airbag fitted in the roof frame.
Wide range of standard equipment
Porsche maintains its full style and commitment in the interior of the Cayenne S. The instrument display comprises large circular dials in aluminium surrounds with a central multifunction display presenting the most important car data. Automatic air conditioning with separate controls for the driver and passenger, including an activated carbon filter, as well as a CD radio with a double tuner and 10 loudspeakers, ensure perfect sound and a pleasant atmosphere inside the car. Fine leather upholstery also comes as a standard feature.
Electrically retractable trailer towing hook
Never before has it been easier to hook up a trailer: for the first time Porsche offers an electrically retractable trailer towing hook as optional equipment for the Cayenne, which is able to tow a load of up to 3.5 tonnes. All the driver has to do is press a button in the luggage compartment to automatically extend or retract the towing hook.Published 24 October 2002