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THE new generation of the Porsche Cayenne includes a sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive breadth of standard features. As a sports car among sport utility vehicles (SUVs), besides offering five seats and extensive features, the Cayenne offers a lot of room for a lot of driving fun; combining high performance and typical Porsche design DNA.

For the latest generation Cayenne, Porsche stylists have given the car an even sharper design with precise lines. Entirely new are the design of the front body, the front wheel arches and the bonnet. Also new are the air blades in the nose; these air fins on the right and left of the front end are designed to efficiently guide air to the intercoolers. At first glance, the new Cayenne can be clearly identified by its bi-Xenon headlights, which are standard on Cayenne and S models, with characteristic four-point LED daytime running lights typical of Porsche.

The rear of the new Cayenne also reflects this new styling treatment. The design of the rear lights creates a three-dimensional effect, and the brake lights – like the LED daytime running lights up front – feature four distinctive elements. The number plate recess, boot handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the tailgate. The designers also re-shaped the car's horizontal lines, giving the vehicle an even fuller stance on the road. The newly-designed exhaust tailpipes are now integrated in the lower rear section. An automatically opening/closing tailgate is a standard feature.

Inside, the driver now gets a new multi-function sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles as standard; its look and operation is based on the steering wheel design of the 918 Spyder. The rear seating system has also been made more comfortable, and seat ventilation can now be ordered as an option.

It is available in three versions locally, the Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. A further development is the new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the Cayenne S, that was fully developed by Porsche. Overall, every Cayenne powertrain shows improved performance figures as well as better fuel economy than equivalent previous versions.

Numerous individual modifications to the entire drivetrain have enabled all new Cayenne models to consume significantly less fuel, not least courtesy of the further advanced ‘Auto Stop/Start Plus’ coasting function.

Optimised thermal management has taken another step forward, with active cooling air flaps being used for the first time on the Cayenne. Located behind the middle air inlet and controlled by the engine management, they open or close according to the specific driving situation and cooling needs; this way they adjust the air volume that is available for cooling. When they are closed, they improve aerodynamics which reduces air drag and thereby improves fuel economy.

The new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the Cayenne S, which was developed entirely at Porsche, is another example of how downsizing with reduced engine displacement and fewer cylinders does not compromise core values (223-229 g/km CO2), which is an improvement of over the previous V8 engine. The bi-turbo V6 develops maximum power of 309 kW (+15kW) and 550Nm. With its standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds (5.4 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package) – 0.4 seconds faster than the previous Cayenne S.

The Cayenne Turbo is characterised by its high level of spontaneous performance, searing acceleration and an ability to handle any driving situation. A 4.8-litre engine with eight-cylinders and twin turbochargers boosts engine power to 382kW/750Nm. This lets the Cayenne Turbo accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds (4.4 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). I

The diesel versions of the Cayenne combine sporting driving dynamics with even greater fuel efficiency. For example, the three-litre V6 engine in the Cayenne Diesel produces 193 kW/580 Nm, meaning the car can accelerate  from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (7.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package).

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