Porsche Cayenne Testdrive in Finnland
The Cayenne offers supreme onroad qualities with a very high standard of dynamic performance for a Sports Utility as well a the Cayenne's equally exceptional offroad driving pleasures. And no question if you are driving the Cayenne in summer on dust-ridden or muddy offroad tracks or under typical winter conditions through snow and ice.
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And the Cayenne Turbo is even more characteristic of the marque, exuding an even greater impression of power and muscle: Instead of two tailpipes at the rear as on the Cayenne S, four stainless-steel tailpipes clearly betray the enormous power lurking within the engine bay of the Turbo model covered by an impresssive hood featuring two power domes. And the "face" of the Turbo is even more revealing, extra-large air-intake scoops underlining the greater demand for cooling air typical of the turbocharged V8 power unit.
As a function of road speed and steering angle, these special headlights literally "looking round" the bend ensure even better illumination of the road ahead.
Supreme power and performance all the way
Outstanding performance, dynamic power and excellent engine response throughout virtually the entire engine speed range characterise the newly developed V8 normal-aspiration engine starring in Porsche's sports utility vehicle. Featuring 32 valves, the engine comes with two camshafts on each row of cylinders, the Cayenne S developing its maximum torque of 420 Newton-metres or 310 lb-ft between 2500 and 5500 rpm. Engine displacement of 4.5 litres gives this unique SUV maximum output of 250 kW (340 bhp) at 6000 rpm, the Cayenne S accelerating from 0 - 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds also with the help of its new six-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Top speed is 242 km/h or 150 mph. And it almost goes without saying that the engine is just as excellent under offroad driving conditions and when running at an angle.
The Cayenne Turbo is all this and a lot more: Featuring two exhaust gas turbochargers with inter-cooler, the V8 power unit develops 331 kW (450 bhp) at 6000 rpm. Acceleration from 0 - 100 km/h comes in an outstanding 5.6 seconds and the top speed is 266 km/h or 165 mph. Maximum torque, finally, is 620 Newton-metres or 466 lb-ft all the way from 2250 - 4750 rpm.
Newly developed six-speed Tiptronic S
Currently both Cayennes come with Porsche's newly developed Tiptronic S transmission featuring six gears - the six-speed manual gearbox standard on the Cayenne S will become available in the forthcoming model year. Applying Porsche's usual philosophy, gears can be shifted manually by paddles on the steering wheel. A new asset offered by Porsche for the first time is the option to shift gears simply by briefly flicking the selector lever, a very helpful feature serving in particular to provide a smooth and secure gearshift in offroad terrain.
Innovative four-wheel drive: Porsche Traction Management
Porsche Traction Management (PTM) standard on both models is crucial to the Cayenne's dynamic performance both on the road and on rough tracks. In its basic mode this all-new generation of four-wheel drive conveys 62 per cent of the engine's power to the rear and 38 per cent to the front wheels. Depending on driving conditions, however, up to 100 per cent of the engine's torque may be transmitted either to the front or to the rear, as required.
The exact distribution of engine power and torque is determined not only as a function of traction, but also by sensors measuring the speed of the vehicle, its lateral acceleration, the steering angle and the driver's use of the gas pedal, thus determining the optimum locking effect under all conditions. And when driving on particularly rough terrain, the driver can use PTM to activate a reduction gear in the power divider and a 100 per cent front-to-rear differential.
Porsche Stability Management featured as standard
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) featured as standard both in the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo interacts consistently with PTM, but only intervenes when the vehicle is driven to the extreme limit, stabilising the Cayenne by applying the brakes as required on specific wheels. Should this brake function alone not be sufficient to stabilise the Cayenne, PSM also intervenes in the engine management, controlling torque by means of the ignition and throttle butterfly.
Suspension technology of the highest caliber
Porsche has developed a suspension system ensuring truly outstanding agility both under sporting driving conditions and on rough offroad terrain. The foundation for this superiority is provided by a new axle concept combining an extra-large double track control arm axle resting on a subframe at the front with an elaborately designed multi-track control arm axle at the rear. Long spring travel for optimum driving characteristics even under the toughest offroad conditions is a particularly important feature.
Air suspension standard on the Turbo and optional on the Cayenne S automatically lowers the entire vehicle as a function of increasing speed, thus offering maximum driving pleasure combined with superior safety. In conjunction with PTM, this air suspension makes the Cayenne a truly outstanding offroader: Ground clearance in the special offroad mode is 273 mm or 10.75", allowing the vehicle to make its way successfully even over steep ramps and across extreme crests. And in this mode the Cayenne is also perfectly equipped for crossing bodies of water up to 555 millimetres or 21.85" deep. Yet another new feature fitted as standard is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), a variable damping system offered in combination with air suspension: As a function of road conditions and the driver's style of motoring, PASM controls damper forces with the precision of the most sophisticated electronic system.
Cayenne passes the Porsche fading test
It almost goes without saying that Porsche applies its own very strict safety standards for the brakes also on the Cayenne, both models successfully passing Porsche's famous fading test. Benefitting from sophisticated technology, both models come with 350-millimetre (13.78") inner-vented brake discs at the front with six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers. The brake discs at the rear are also inner-vented, measuring 330 millimetres or 13.00" in diameter and featuring four-piston monobloc fixed callipers.
Light-alloy wheels measuring up to 20 inches
Porsche has developed special aluminum wheels for the Cayenne, helping to reduce weight to a minimum. Both models come as standard with 8J x 18 wheels running on 255/55 R18 tyres. Larger wheels measuring 19 and, respectively, 20 inches are also available. All of these three wheels come on an entirely new range of tyres specially developed by Porsche and tested for their maximum speed. As a result, the Cayenne runs on Y summer tyres homologated for maximum speeds of up to 300 km/h or 186 mph.
Side impact protection with thorax and curtain airbags
Porsche also offers a new side impact protection system made up of a thorax airbag integrated in the side of the front seat backrest and a curtain airbag fitted in the roof frame and also protecting the passengers at the rear.
Communicating by lightwave conductors
The new Cayenne uses an innovative technology for exchanging multimedia data: the MOST (Media-Oriented Systems Transport) data bus. With MOST technology data is exchanged and transmitted from one component to another without the slightest loss of quality and at maximum speed. The radio, CD changer, amplifiers for the sound packages and the telephone module are all interconnected by MOST lightwave conductors particularly in the interest of top-quality audio data transmission. Choosing his Cayenne with all its individual features, the customer decides himself which components are to be integrated in the system, the new lightwave data line ensuring clear presentation of the radio station currently tuned in, music titles, incoming phone calls and navigation pictograms in the display of the instrument cluster.
New PCM with 6.5-inch TFT screen
The TFT (thin-film transistor) colour display is larger than in the Porsche 911 and the Boxster (5.8 inches), now measuring 6.5 inches. The particular highlights of the system also include the navigation module serving, inter alia, to provide a dynamic navigation process, a map scroll function on the display, and route planning with the driver being able to enter several destinations in one process. A further outstanding feature is the special navigation CD-ROM drive also suitable for playing music CDs in top quality.
First-ever Bose sound system with surround sound
Another feature standard in the Cayenne Turbo and now entering the market for the first time is the Bose Surround Sound System providing an unprecedented 360° sound experience like in a large cinema. The system comprises a 100 W subwoofer and 13 tweeters, medium and low-bass woofers with overall output of 250 W. The AudioPilot, in turn, automatically adjusts both sound and volume as a function of external noise consistently measured by a microphone fitted in the vehicle.