Cayenne adds spice

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THOUGH you’d be hard pressed to tell on ap­pear­ance alone, Porsche has in­tro­duced a new gen­er­a­tion of the Cayenne sports util­ity ve­hi­cle with a fo­cus on fuel econ­omy as much as per­for­mance.

The spot­light is on a new Cayenne S Hy­brid model with a par­al­lel full hy­brid drive giv­ing fuel con­sump­tion of 8.2 litres/100km and CO2 emis­sions of 193g/km. Porsche says the Cayenne Hy­brid com­bines the per­for­mance of a V8 with the econ­omy of a six.

It uses a 3.0-litre su­per­charged V6 and elec­tric mo­tor for a max­i­mum of 580Nm at a low 1000rpm.

All new gen­er­a­tion Cayennes have im­proved en­gine ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance.

Com­pared with the pre­vi­ous mod­els, fuel con­sump­tion is down by up to 23 per cent thanks to the Porsche In­tel­li­gent Per­for­mance phi­los­o­phy that aims to de­liver more power on less fuel, greater ef­fi­ciency and lower CO2 emis­sions.

These ob­jec­tives are fur­ther aided by the util­i­sa­tion of a new Tiptronic eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with auto start/ stop and a wide spread of gear ra­tios.

More ef­fi­cien­cies are gained by im­proved ther­mal man­age­ment on the en­gine and trans­mis­sion cool­ing cir­cuit, on-board net­work re­cu­per­a­tion, vari­able en­gine cut-off and light­weight con­struc­tion.

Cayenne’s weight has been trimmed through the use of new ma­te­ri­als as well as changes in the over­all con­cept of the ve­hi­cle such as the new ac­tive and ex­tra light all-wheel-drive.

It means Cayenne S is down 180kg on the pre­vi­ous model de­spite im­proved equip­ment, safety and per­for­mance. Weight re­duc­tion as much as any­thing else is re­spon­si­ble for Cayenne’s per­for­mance boost with bet­ter ride and han­dling.

Cayenne’s ex­te­rior is com­pletely new. There’s ex­tra space in­side and greater vari­abil­ity due to the 40mm longer wheel­base and slightly longer body. New gen­er­a­tion: Weight sav­ings trans­late into bet­ter fuel econ­omy and han­dling in the all-new Porsche Cayenne.

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