TechArt reworks new 2011 Porsche Cayenne

May 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Aftermarket tuners TechArt has just unveiled the first of several new upgrades for the recently unveiled second-generation Porsche Cayenne. For its first take on Stuttgart’s SUV model, the German firm has focused on the Cayenne’s looks releasing a lighting package, full interior upgrades and custom wheels.

The exterior of the Cayenne can be upgraded with trims painted in custom color or in carbon fibre and sport tail pipes finished in polished stainless steel, while customers can also choose from a variety of alloy wheel designs in numerous colors and sizes from 20- and 23-inches. TechArt also offers a special engine detailing package that includes a carbon cover piece.

Interior enhancements include a full leather interior treatment in a variety of new color options, a three-spoke TechArt steering wheel with paddle shifters, aluminum pedals, a rear-seat-entertainment system, special logo floor mats and more.

This is just the first stage in TechArt’s plan to pimp out the new Cayenne coming next is a full aero body kit and numerous performance options.

Porsche Cayenne promo video shows off NZ scenery

April 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche has just released its first 2011 Cayenne promo video showing the latest version of the SUV against some stunning NZ scenery.

The background music is suitably epic and at one point the new Cayenne even drives over Auckland’s harbour bridge.

It’s an awesome video and makes you proud to be a kiwi, the new Porsche Cayenne looks pretty sharp too.

To find out more about the new Porsche Cayenne, read this news item.

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2011 Porsche Cayenne photos and details released

February 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Following leaked images onto the internet the all-new 2011 Porsche Cayenne has now been officially revealed ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The second-generation Porsche SUV is set to go on sale in Europe from May and will offer more room, improved technology, and increased performance but most notably significantly less weight and fuel consumption.

Every model in the Cayenne range from the entry-level V-6 to the top-spec Turbo will have improved performance while using less fuel and producing fewer emissions than the previous generation.

The big news is undoubtedly the Cayenne S Hybrid, which features an advanced parallel hybrid drive system that combines a supercharged 333 horsepower 3.0-litre gasoline V-6 engine with a 47 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. The combined result is a V-8 like 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque, which is available from a low-down at 1,000 rpm. With correct driving conditions, either the supercharged V-6 or electric motor can operate independently or together. This means that the Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances running solely on electric power alone, up to speeds of 70kph.

In terms of the gasoline-only Cayennes, Porsche are claiming that on average they are 23% more fuel-efficient than the current Cayenne range, although no official fuel economy figures have been released yet.

When it comes to power the figures are tidy, the base Cayenne with a 3.6-litre V-6 engine will get 300 horsepower, while the Cayenne S gets 400 horsepower from its 4.8-litre V-8 unit. The king-pin Cayenne Turbo stays with a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V-8 engine and 500 horsepower.

All Cayennes will be offered with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission as standard. A low-speed transfer case has been dropped, making the new Cayenne even more of an on-road vehicle than the outgoing model. A stop-start system and thermal management of the engine and transmission are also set to help improve fuel economy.

While there isn’t a massive power increase for the new Cayenne it does weigh on average 180kg less than its predecessor. The weight saving has come from a new construction processes the increased use of aluminum and the removal of the two-speed transfer case.

In terms of size, the Cayenne is grown slightly in length and wheelbase.

Sales of the Cayenne in New Zealand begin on July 24. Initial models to go on sale will be the Cayenne S, S Hybrid and Turbo. These will be joined later by the V6 Diesel and V6 Petrol models.

New Zealand specification and pricing is still yet to be confirmed and will be announced nearer to the arrival date.