2010 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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The all-new 2011 Porsche Cayenne has been officially revealed ahead of its world debut next week at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The second-generation Porsche SUV will come onto the market with more room, improved technology, and stronger performance but most importantly significantly less weight and fuel consumption.

In line with Porsche’s new “Intelligent Performance” mantra, every model in the Cayenne lineup--from the entry-level V-6 to the range-topping Turbo--boasts improved performance while using less fuel and producing fewer emissions than the previous generation.

The highlight of the new lineup is undoubtedly the Cayenne S Hybrid, which we can confirm will be offered to the U.S. market this fall. It features a sophisticated parallel hybrid drive system that combines a supercharged 333 horsepower 3.0-liter gasoline V-6 with a 47 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. The end result is a V-8 like 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which is available from a low 1,000 rpm.

Depending on driving conditions, either the supercharged V-6 or electric motor can operate independently or together. The two drive units are connected by a decoupling clutch. A hybrid controller constantly coordinates their interaction and electronic management of the clutch makes the transition among various driving modes seamless. Like many hybrids, the Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances on electric power alone, free of emissions and noise up to speeds of almost 40 mph.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

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One standout feature of the Cayenne S Hybrid is its unique ability to cruise at high speeds on electric power alone. Its gasoline engine can be completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain at speeds of up to 97 mph, eliminating drag forces exerted by the engine.

Porsche claims its gasoline-powered Cayennes will be on average 23% more fuel-efficient than the current Cayenne range, with the most frugal model being the Cayenne S Hybrid. No EPA-certified fuel economy figures have been released but initial testing of the Cayenne S Hybrid has seen a fuel economy of 28.7 mpg for the European combined cycle.

As for the rest of the range, the base Cayenne with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine gets 300 horsepower, while the Cayenne S gets 400 horsepower from its 4.8-liter V-8 mill. The range-topping Cayenne Turbo sticks with a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8 engine and 500 horsepower output.

Each Cayenne will be offered with a highly efficient eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission as standard but a low-speed transfer case will no longer be offered, thus making the 2011 Porsche Cayenne much more of an on-road vehicle than before. A new engine stop-start system and thermal management of the engine and transmission also help to improve fuel economy.

Overseas markets will benefit from a new version of the Cayenne Diesel, which will once again pack a 240 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

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While the power levels for the latest Cayenne are not significantly higher than those of the current model, the new Cayenne weighs almost 400 pounds less than its predecessor. The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S, for example, will tip the scales at 4,553 pounds--shedding 396 pounds compared with the previous model. The weight saving has come from new construction processes, which includes increased use of aluminum and the aforementioned removal of the two-speed transfer case.

In terms of size, the new Cayenne is 1.9 inches longer than its predecessor, and an added 1.6 inches in wheelbase ensures more space.

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne will be making its U.S. debut this April at the 2010 New York Auto Show before going on sale in July. The U.S. market will initially receive the V-8 powered Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models, with the base Cayenne V-6 and new Cayenne S Hybrid arriving in the fall.


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Comments (20)
  1. This is what the Pannamera should have been (or even a sleeker version of) not that ugly monstrosity that they have developed.
    I hope that they pull there fingers out though and build the 928GTS, as that is my all time favourite car !

  2. Ok.. we're in January 2010 now.. is the new shape cayenne coming our in 3 or 4 months?? Pls someone confirm. Greedy dealers don't say! Anybody knows FOR SURE?

  3. I have been impressed since the early spy photos have shown up. Prototypes for Porsche's next-generation Cayenne have been spotted testing in and i am longing to buy it as soon as i receive rise in my salary.

  4. I'd still rather have the Audi Q7, or a Range Rover Sport

  5. The day the Cayenne can no longer handle off-roading is the day I no longer consider it a real SUV.
    I'm with Adrian, Q7 and Range Rover Sport.

  6. Usually, the re-tooling process for the manufacturing of a new model takes between two and three months, which can only mean that the next Cayenne will most likely be presented in flesh and bones at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, in March. The hardcore off-road features are expected to be either dropped or simplified in order to improve on-road performance to the maximum. Not to say that the next Cayenne will be more of a crossover, but apparently the extreme off-road capabilities of the current generation have remained mostly untested by more than 90% of its customers.

  7. 2011 Porsche cayenne is smaller in size. New edition will be powered by 3.0 liter V6 turbo diesel engine which would generate 240hp. The 2011 Porsche Cayenne will make its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

  8. On-road performance should be better after the weight loss, and the current model’s abilities already defy belief when you begin to push it hard. Unfortunately, the gas bills also defy belief, and shedding pounds will assuredly help there, too.

  9. Really believe new owner Volkswagen should kill-off Cayenne, Cayman and Panamera and focus on more worthy and different looking sporty cars.

  10. The new Cayenne can go offroad. Autocar got to test it out and the Porsche Engineer with them claimed it could go ofraod better than the last gen:)

  11. "Really believe new owner Volkswagen should kill-off Cayenne, Cayman and Panamera and focus on more worthy and different looking sporty cars."
    I doubt VW would give up Porsche's profitable models for some nonsensical idea that Porsche should make only sports cars, loose money and eventually go away.
    As long as they continue to update the proper 911, why are other models that bring in capital a problem?
    VW did not buy Porsche as a charity.

  12. The new Cayenne was here in the UAE being tested in SAND DUNES. Lots of pictures at Car and Driver's site. Click on the above post to my site where you can see some of the pics. It seems as capable as ever in the dunes.
    We'll see what it officially looks like in a few days! btw, my brother has a range rover sport... eh.

  13. I don't know why but whenever I see a Porsche, I just want to punch the driver in the face. I can't help myself. Its just instinct telling me to do that.

  14. I agree. I want to look at a Porsche driver straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?

  15. Someone is jealous...(*cough*cough*)
    I think this new modle is a piece of art.

  16. "accidental early release on the configurator of Porsche’s official website"
    C'mon, Viknesh. Do you really believe that somehow, the meticulous (aka German), Porsche website designers could accidentally release the image on their OFFICIAL website-- by accident?
    No, no, it's a clever marketing trick, plain to see.

  17. Much as I would like to believe this is the new Cayenne, it pains me to say I think it's a hoax, I found the original URL and it has a picture of the older model (GTS) This pic is clearly a paint shop job, not a bad representation from what I've heard, but it isn't the real thing :(

  18. the range rover sport is incredibely uncomfortable and the Q7 is absolutely ugly, bmw x5 4.8 is the best only second to the cayenne gts. this car is worse than the current cayenne for sure.

  19. It seems that smaller is better for the Porsche Cayenne. It seems more preferable than the whale like Q7, but seems the BMW X5 and the Range Rover may have the edge for most, apart from current Cayenne owners probably.

  20. Nice car... I like the fact that Porsche is moving into the hybrid car market.

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