Porsche raised the public’s col- lective eyebrow when it decid- ed to enter the sport-utility vehicle business in 2003 with
the Cayenne. However, despite the grumblings of purists, this midsize luxury SUV has proven itself worthy of the vaunted Porsche name over the course of two generations. Sales have exceeded all expectations: Over
276,000 first generation vehicles were produced (2002 to 2010), and around 303,000 units of the second generation, which was intro-
duced in 2010, have
already been pro- duced so far. The current generation was introduced inThe model bought with it a sharper design, enhanced
efficiency and a generous list of standard features. The Cayenne is available in five variants: Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, and Cayenne S Diesel and – for the first time – the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment.
The Cayenne design features bi-xe- non headlights, which are standard in the base and S models, with “hovering” four-point LED daytime running lights. Top of the range models come fitted with standard LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). At the rear, the lights have a three-di- mensional effect and feature LEDs as standard. The license plate recess, boot handle and lights are inte- grated elegantly into the boot lid. The Cayenne horizontal lines give it a fuller stance on the road. The exhaust tailpipes are integrated in
the lower rear section of the bumper. An automatically activating boot lid comes as a standard feature.
The entry level petrol powered Cayenne, the S, features a 3.6-litre biturbo power unit. The V6 churns out 309 kW (420 hp) and 550
Nm of torque. The Cayenne accel- erates from 0 to 100km/h in just
5.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 9.5 litres per 100 kilome- tres while top speed is 259 km/h. The more powerful petrol powered Cayenne Turbo features a 382 kW (520 hp) 4.8-litre unit. The eight cyl- inder biturbo unit ensures the wheels are kept spinning by 750 Nm of torque. The impeccable performance allows the Cayenne Turbo to hit 100 km/h from 0 in 4.5 seconds. The engine will continue to accelerate the Cayenne Turbo to its top speed of 279 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 11.2 litres per 100 km.
The diesel list consists of the Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S Diesel. The Cayenne Diesel features a 3.0-litre V6 with an output of 193
kW (262 hp) and 580 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is a pocket friend- ly 6.6 litres per 100 km. 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.3 seconds while the top speed is recorded at 221 km/h. The more performance themed 2015
Cayenne S Diesel comes equipped with a 4.2-litre V8 engine with an output of 283 kW (385 hp) and 850
Nm of torque. From standstill, the
Cayenne will get to a 100 km/h in
5.4 seconds. This particular Cayenne can hit 252 km/h while returning a fuel consumption rating of 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
The more eco-conscience Cayenne S E-hybrid features a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 paired with an electric motor.The motor is feed with power from a 10.8 kWh lithium-ion traction battery. The battery allows the Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid to be driven for a distance of 36 km on pure electric-mode. The super- charged V6 (333 hp / 245 kW) and the electric motor (95 hp / 70 kW) produce a combined system power of 416 hp (306 kW) and a total sys- tem torque of 590 Nm. The electric motor provides the kick to accelerate the Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid to
100km/h in just 5.9 seconds. The top speed in all electric-mode is 125 km/h and 243 km/h with power from both the engine and the elec- tric motor. Fuel consumption is an incredible 3.4-litre per 100 km.
The Cayenne diesel is available with a six-speed manual transmis- sion as standard. The rest of the Cayenne versions feature Porsche’s eight-speed Tripronic S transmission. This transmission combines high efficiency, rapid gear changes, and superior smoothness and refinement.
Porsche provides a wide range of suspension tune for the Cayenne. All models except the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne GTS come with steel springs as standard equipment. Porsche Active Suspension
Management (PASM) is optional on other steel-sprung mod- els. All Cayenne Turbo and GTS models are equipped with air sus- pension and PASM, an optional combination on other models. To further enhance driving dynamics, active all-wheel drive models can be equipped with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus); Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is an additional option on gasoline V6 and V8 models. PTV Plus fea- tures variable torque distribution to the rear wheels and an electronical- ly controlled rear differential lock. PDCC integrates with PTV Plus to resist body roll during cornering and improve ride quality on rough roads when driving straight ahead.
Inside the designers devoted much of their effort to the driver’s space. The driver gets a multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles as standard; its look and functions are based on the steering wheel of the
918 Spyder. A particular eye-catcher is the centre console rising up to the front with its protruding switch-
es and buttons giving the interior
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the character of a genuine cockpit. The front passengers are integrated even more into the car, enjoying a sporting feeling on their seats. The rear seating system is comfortable and accommodating for up to three occupants. The seats can be ordered with a ventilation system that keeps them cool or warm. The rear seat backrests fold down separately in a
40: 20: 40 split. The luggage com- partment in the Cayenne is fully suit- ed also for long trips with the driver and four passengers. The rear seats folding down either completely in
split sections increase luggage com- partment capacity when required.
With a line-up that stretches from a hybrid V6 to a twin-turbo V8, the Porsche Cayenne is not your typical midsize SUV. Nor is it the most prac- tical or family-friendly. Indeed, the Cayenne’s high load floor and lack of a third-row seat option limit are a testament to that fact. However, in terms of spirited driving, there are few, which can match the Cayenne. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, razor-sharp steering, and superb brakes, the Porsche Cayenne demon- strates surprising dexterity around corners.
The Porsche Cayenne contin- ues the SUV’s sporty philosophy while delivering more efficiency and more refinement both inside and out. Porsche is hard at work devel- oping an all-new model, based on the Bentley Bentayga and Audi Q7, launched as a 2018 model. Prices for the Porsche Cayenne start at Kshs 10.4 million. Visit the Porsche Centre at Sameer Business Park along Mombasa Road, in Nairobi, for more information on Porsche.