Cayenne, the Porsche spice

It’s all-change for the money ma­chine, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE car that earned the cash for Porsche to buy Volk­swa­gen is in for a to­tal change. The Cayenne SUV has been the money ma­chine for Porsche since it was in­tro­duced, tap­ping straight into the world­wide drive for lux­ury four-wheel-drives.

It even funded de­vel­op­ment of the com­pany’s core cars, the 911s, and built the base that has en­sured the suc­cess of the Boxster and Cay­man.

Now it is up for its first to­tal model change, and pro­to­types were sneak-snapped this week in cold-weather test­ing in Europe by the carparazzi.

The pic­tures show Cayennes close to fi­nal pro­duc­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tion, which points to a preview at the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber and sales in the first half of next year.

Cayenne de­tails are still se­cret, but early ru­mours that sug­gested Porsche would go its own way, end­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Volk­swa­gen that cre­ated the Cayenne and Touareg as twins, are wrong.

Porsche will still use the ba­sic body of the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Touareg, but com­pany chief Wen­delin Wiedek­ing is com­mit­ting to get­ting his car on the road first.

Looking at Volk­swa­gen Group tim­ing, that points to a new Touareg in the sec­ond half of next year and a re­place­ment for the gi­ant Audi Q7 early in 2011.

The new Cayenne is ab­so­lutely vi­tal to Porsche.

‘‘It is the ve­hi­cle that pro­vides the cash for us to cre­ate the world’s best sports cars,’’ Porsche Cars Aus­tralia spokesman Paul El­lis says. ‘‘It is the back­bone of sales in Aus­tralia. About 40 per cent of our sales are of Cayennes.’’

Pro­duc­tion of the orig­i­nal Cayenne has just topped 200,000 cars, with the land­mark car run­ning down the pro­duc­tion line in Ger­many last week. It has been built since 2002.

There are cur­rently five Cayenne mod­els, from the ba­sic V6 to the Turbo S. A dieselpow­ered car is in the works.

The all-new Cayenne is ex­pected to have a sim­i­lar line-up but will also be the base for Porsche’s first hy­brid ve­hi­cle.


Like the look? Go on­line to see the Cayenne from all an­gles. Caught in the act: a spy shot of the new Porsche Cayenne taken dur­ing win­ter test­ing

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