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Porsche launches better Cayenne

2006-12-05 07:39

All Cayenne models feature better engines

Porsche has given its Cayenne SUV a midlife facelift while also introducing more powerful, direct petrol injection engines.

Known as Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), this system lowers the fuel consumption of individual models by over eight percent (NEDC). In real driving conditions, savings of up to 15 percent are possible.

The basic version of this sporty SUV, the Cayenne, has a 29kW power enhancement, now driven by a 213 kW six-cylinder engine, the displacement of which has increased from 3.2 to 3.6 liters.

The torque of the Cayenne increases from 310 to 385 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 8.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of 227 km/h.

Thanks to new direct gasoline injection and the introduction of VarioCam Plus valve control, the Cayenne S, now with an even bigger 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine, produces a torque of 500 Nm (previously 420 Nm) and an output of 283 kW, an increase of 33 kW.

These higher figures translate into a 0-100 time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 252 km/h. (Previous model: 6.8 seconds and 242 km/h.)

The performance figures for the new Cayenne Turbo are also impressive, with an engine output 37 kW higher than that of its predecessor. The new eight-cylinder engine, driven by a twin exhaust-gas turbocharger, produces 368 kW and 700 Nm (previously 620 Nm). This Turbo can race from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 275 km/h. (Previous model: 5.6 seconds and 266 km/h.)

As before, optimum power transmission is ensured by Porsche Traction Management (PTM) which, in standard operating mode, distributes engine power between the rear and front wheels in a ratio of 62:38. The multi-disk clutch can direct up to 100% of drive traction to the front or rear as required.

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