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10 September 2009

What is it?

It’s a Porsche Cayenne diesel, having been given an aftermarket tweak to increase its power. Some say the standard Porsche Cayenne diesel isn't fast enough, and given that it has 237bhp to propel 2240kg, maybe that’s so.

Tech9, a UK motorsport specialist and distributor of products from German Porsche tuner Techart, offers a power upgrade. The Tech9 power kit (called Expedio) gives 290bhp at 3800rpm, with torque up from 405lb ft to 465 at 2650rpm. It drops the acceleration time from 8.3sec (to 62mph) to a claimed 6.9sec (to 60mph).

What’s it like?

The change is purely electronic. The Expedio box piggybacks off the engine's ECU rather than altering the original map, and doesn't increase turbo pressure either. Instead, it intercepts readings from ECU and tweaks the instructions for the fuelling and ignition before they reach the engine. The kit costs £2064, Tech9 offers a warranty and, if the system is removed, the settings return to standard Porsche ones.

The Tech9-tuned Cayenne’s power peak comes earlier in the rev range than the standard car and its torque peak arrives later, which compresses the zone in which the engine is at its strongest. But it hardly matters. The smooth-shifting, intelligent automatic gearbox (unaltered from the standard car) keeps the engine right in the heart of its bolstered mid-range, and as a result the tuned Cayenne feels quicker more often. Official fuel consumption remains unchanged, but I’d be surprised if the actual figures weren’t a bit worse.

And, um, you might have spotted some other changes? The visual ones? They're from Techart in Germany. Techart used to have a very decent relationship with Porsche – not dissimilar to Alpina's with BMW, I'm told – until Porsche brought its styling and personalisation brands in-house. But still Techart develops Porsche styling parts (and its own performance kits), which Tech9 also imports.

The test car's comprehensive list stretches to about £15k, including 21-inch alloys that don't do the ride any favours. Otherwise the handling is pure Cayenne - impressive for a car of its size. Now the performance isn't bad, either.

Should I buy one?

Let’s look at this in two parts.

First the styling kit, whose value can only really be discerned by the buyer. For what it’s worth, the new steering wheel feels good.

Then there’s the power upgrade, which takes none of the driveability away from the Cayenne and gives what will sometimes be welcome extra poke. So it’s all about your attitude to having a modified car, really. If you’re all for a spot of tweakery, then the Tech9 mods are worth having.

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Comments
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17 September 2009

"tweaks the instructions for the fueling and ignition"

Tweaks the ignition settings? Really? It's a diesel....

All this does is overfuels the engine, generating more power, but at the cost of plenty of smoke in the overfuel zone (and a clogged DPF, no doubt).

Why spend all that money on a Porsche and then mess it up with such a "Max Power" tuning device...

17 September 2009

Just get a BMW X5 xDrive35d and save over 12 grand ;-)

17 September 2009

It needs a caravan on the back :-)

17 September 2009

[quote Topkat]

It needs a caravan on the back :-)

[/quote]

Storms a brewin'. Topkat v Nikonguy. Round Two. Ding ding. You know he doesn't like it if anyone disses a Porker TK. Btw if you want a Porsche that goes fast buy a 911 and forget about badge engineered Volkswagen Touaregs. Farmers should go for the Carrera 4 with off road tyres and with so little space in the rear of the Cayenne those sitting in the back seats of the 911 wont be that much worse off. Alternatively those who want a proper 4x4 should haulass to their nearest Land Rover Dealer.

17 September 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]

Farmers should go for the Carrera 4 with off road tyres and with so little space in the rear of the Cayenne those sitting in the back seats of the 911 wont be that much worse off.

[/quote]

LOOOOOOOOL :D

17 September 2009

Vulgarity.

18 September 2009

I am surprised that Porsche do not offer EMU remaps as an option, similar to Audi taking of the 155mph speed limiter. Would be a costly option on the already expensive option list. Also the front bumper looks like the same one you get on the VW Golf GTI/GTD can see the VW influence there already

21 September 2009

Last friday I was stopped at the red light next to a Cayenne Diesel.
I heard its toc-toc sound. What a shame!


24 September 2009

[quote jbroadis]All this does is overfuels the engine, generating more power, but at the cost of plenty of smoke in the overfuel zone (and a clogged DPF, no doubt).[/quote]

If it really overfuels the engine the end result could be bore washing and premature engine wear.

So if the turbo pressure reamins the same where does all the extra power come from - it suggets that Porsche are running a sub optimal fueling map just to meet emissions targets, allow for poor quality fuel or differentiate between models.

If the low range pick up is better than typical fuel economy might stay the same, provided the driver eases off as momentum is gained.

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