Cayenne adds spice
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.