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3 March 2010

Porsche's new Cayenne, the lighter, more efficient replacement for the car that makes up to 50 per cent of the firm’s profits, has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.

The car goes on sale on 29 May, and the range will feature a diesel and, for the first time, a hybrid with a V6 petrol engine.

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Much of the weight loss is due to a simplified transmission, which does away with a low-range gearbox, but there’s also extensive use of aluminium in the body including the bonnet, axles and doors.

Despite the drop in weight, the car is 48mm longer, with a 40mm extension in the wheelbase to free up more legroom inside the car.

The entry-level model, just badged Cayenne, comes with a 3.6-litre V6 with 300hp and a claimed 28.5mpg. The diesel retains a 3.0-litre V6 with 240bhp and 406lb ft, while fuel consumption is put at 38.2mpg, up from 30.4mpg in the older model. CO2 emissions are 195g/km.

But it's the new hybrid that will help Porsche to lower its corporate average CO2 emissions the furthest, as the Cayenne is still the firm’s biggest-selling model.

Its supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6, with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and the gearbox, emits 193g/km of CO2 and returns 34.4mpg. The overall power output is 375bhp, while the peak torque of 427lb ft is available from 1000rpm.

The hybrid also has the capability to coast with the engine off and disconnected from the transmission at speeds up to 97mph.

The two petrol models, the S and the Turbo, both use a 4.8-litre V8, with 395bhp and 493bhp respectively. Porsche claims 27.6mpg for the Turbo.

Prices for the new car start at £41,404 for the entry-level model. The diesel costs £44,178, while the S costs from £53,693.

The new S Hybrid is the second most expensive Cayenne, at £57,610, while the range-topping Turbo weighs in at £81,589.

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25 February 2010

Lipstick on a pig right enough... This is obviously the ugliest, eh, car in Porsche's history. You would have thought they might have, for once, started with a clean sheet of paper. Alas no. Golden opportunity missed. The 911 shape just doesn't scale to a vehicle of this size and type. Maybe if they stopped their designers working on bikes, watches and God knows what else, Porsche might actually design an attractive and original CAR every now and again.

25 February 2010

PWOORH, what a minger!

25 February 2010

Oh my god what an ugly car!!! They made it even worse than the last one it seems....

And what's up with the lights in the back? Is it a Porsche or a Japanese SUV????

Obviously it will sell loads just because it's a Porsche and too many people only care about brand nowdays without looking at anything else.

25 February 2010

looks quite sporty and smart to me. better than a range rover, which is not that hard really.




25 February 2010

[quote deppi]too many people only care about brand nowdays without looking at anything else.[/quote]

As opposed to looking at appearance without looking at anything else. Though I'm disappointed by the looks too. I'm all for car manufacturers having the guts to do their own thing against marketing pressure, but I don't think it's working here, at least not for us Europeans. I assume North America is the primary market, also the Middle East and China - the Cayenne styling cues are more acceptable there.

Nevertheless, this is a reliable, practical do-it-all vehicle that will presumably offer even more driving pleasure than before, which is to say a lot, all in a package which is a convenient size for UK motoring.

It will be a much sharper drive than a Rangey, RX or M Class, more practical than an X6 - I can't think of a more promising car in it's class. Apart from the looks, of course.

'Its supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6, with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and the gearbox, emits 193g/km of CO2 and returns 34.4mpg. The overall power output is 375bhp, while the peak torque of 427lb ft is available from 1000rpm.' Now those sound like some very seductive driving characteristics to me. Any more power would be largely unuseable on the roads, and think of that instant response.

I'd have one please, and stuff the looks. The first tasty hybrid in the world?

25 February 2010

It is better looking than the last one, but then that was not hard. It looks only a grille change away from being an Infiniti SUV though ....

25 February 2010

Looks a lot better but why do they insist on the 911 style for everything?

Shame the Hybrid model isn't particularly efficient. It kicks out the same co2 as the diesel version which at nearly 200g/km is not good enough these days. Missed opportunity here!

25 February 2010

I think its an approvement on the first generation, looks ok in white form the pics. Anyway, i think its better looking than a Range Rover. The Hybrid V6 looks very interesting.

25 February 2010

wow ! a new Porsche Cayenne , I never saw that coming, such a refreshing new design.

They are going to sell loads to egotistical, smallknobbed men, or posh school run mums who are as egotistical as their egotistical, smallknobbed husbands.

25 February 2010

I think this looks basically decent. This is how it should've looked originally. Then we could've had a second generation today that would've looked even better. I won't be offended to see one of these on the road, as long as it doesn't have gold alloys and blacked-out windows. What? They all have that?


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