2008 Porsche Cayenne

After skipping the 2007 model year, Porsche reveals the 2008 Cayenne to the world, with some notable changes. There are some cosmetic differences, including new headlights to conform to new European standards. Owners of the 2008 Cayenne will also benefit from 15% better fuel mileage vs the 2006 model – not a bad increase considering what comes next.

The biggest change in the new Cayenne is a significant power boost across the range of engines. The baby Cayenne gets a 40 HP boost to 290 horses, while the S model gets a new 4.8 liter V8 good for 385 horses ( 45 more than before. ) The Turbo model got a 50 horse increase for a whopping 500 ponies under the hood – that’s some serious power. We should start seeing the 2008 Cayenne in February of 07 here in the states – and I’m looking forward to it.

2008 Porsche Cayenne Specs

  • 500 HP Turbocharged 4.8 liter V8 ( Turbo trim )
  • 385 HP 4.8 liter V8 ( S )
  • 290 HP 3.6 liter V6 ( Base )

2008 Porsche Cayenne Reviews

Autobytel reviews the 2008 Porsche Cayenne and writes – ‘Performance is what Porsche has built its reputation upon, and performance is what the Cayenne delivers both on and off the road. Other selling points include front seat comfort, the optional PDCC system, and an available panoramic sunroof. The Cayenne can also tow a good sized load with its 7,716-pound maximum capacity.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2008 Porsche Cayenne and writes – ‘This extra power is apparent across the model range in highway driving. Both the base model and the unblown V-8 are noticeably quicker. But we spent most of our time driving the Cayenne Turbo (wouldn’t you?) and found that it easily devours just about anything that gets in its way, most noticeable at cruising speeds where a stab of the throttle quickly puts the speedo needle in triple digits. The response is so instantaneous that a driver may be lulled into forgetting that this is a 5000-or-so pounder with the attendant inertia of that mass.’

Autoweek reviews the 2008 Porsche Cayenne and writes – ‘The power comes on smoothly and generously throughout the rev range, and even when pushed well into triple-digit speeds, the Cayenne S never runs out of breath. Combined with the amazingly flat cornering attitude delivered by PDCC, responsive steering and all the tactility expected of a vehicle donning the Porsche shield, the Cayenne S inspires gobs of confidence in its driver, despite a 4950-pound curb weight.’

The Car Connection reviews the 2008 Porsche Cayenne and writes – ‘The result not only looks cleaner and more athletic; Porsche confirms it translates to significantly improved aerodynamics. The coefficient of drag is down to 0.35 across the line, unusually good for an SUV, from 0.38 or 0.39 for the previous models, which helps reduce wind noise and improve highway gas mileage. Thanks to that, and to the direct-injection technology, fuel economy rises slightly for the V-6 and brings a 15-percent real-world improvement for the V-8s, Porsche says.’

Press Release:

The Cayenne is starting a new chapter in its success story: four years after the model’s launch, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, is presenting the second generation of its sporty SUV. The new, attractively designed Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models have been given more powerful, direct gasoline injection engines. These are known at Porsche as Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), and they lower the fuel consumption of individual models by over eight percent (NEDC). In real driving conditions, savings of up to 15 percent are possible. The new Cayenne will be in Porsche showrooms from February 24, 2007.

The basic version of this sporty SUV has a 40-bhp (29-kW) power enhancement and is now driven by a 290-bhp (213-kW) six-cylinder engine, the displacement of which has increased from 3.2 to 3.6 liters. The torque of the Cayenne has climbed from 310 to 385 Nm. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, reaching a top speed of 227 km/h. The previous model managed 9.1 seconds and 214 km/h.

Thanks to new direct gasoline injection and the introduction of VarioCam Plus valve control, the Cayenne S, now with an even bigger 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine, produces a torque of 500 Nm (previously 420 Nm) and an output of 385 bhp (283 kW), an increase of 45 bhp (33kW). These higher figures translate into a 0-100 time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 252 km/h. (Previous model: 6.8 seconds and 242 km/h.) The performance figures for the new Cayenne Turbo are also impressive, with an engine output 50 bhp (37 kW) higher than that of its predecessor. The new eight-cylinder engine, driven by a twin exhaust-gas turbocharger, produces 500 bhp (368 kW) and 700 Nm (previously 620 Nm). This Turbo can race from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and has a maximum speed of 275 km/h. (Previous model: 5.6 seconds and 266 km/h.)

As before, optimum power transmission is ensured by Porsche Traction Management (PTM) which, in standard operating mode, distributes engine power between the rear and front wheels in a ratio of 62:38. The multi-disk clutch can direct up to 100 percent of drive traction to the front or rear as required.

The Cayenne Turbo is fitted with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with air suspension as standard. This variant can now be augmented with the new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilizer system. This constant roll control, also available for the Cayenne and Cayenne S, limits vehicle roll on corners and counterbalances it completely in almost all driving situations. The Cayenne thus offers significant improvements in terms of handling, directional stability and ride comfort. When off-road, the system enables maximum axle articulation and improves traction.

Porsche Stability Management (PSM), with its brake assist function, advanced trailer stabilization system and off-road ABS, comes as standard on all Cayenne models. These functions improve the brakes’ reaction speed, markedly reduce the yawing which can affect vehicles when towing, and optimize braking performance on loose ground. What’s more, with static and, for the first time, dynamic bend lighting, the bi-xenon headlamps fitted as standard to the Cayenne Turbo increase active safety. The system, which can also be ordered for the Cayenne and Cayenne S, is activated as soon a speed of three kilometers per hour has been reached.

The Euro-base price for the Cayenne is 43,300 Euros, while for the Cayenne S it is 55,800 Euros. The Cayenne Turbo is priced at 91,100 Euros. In Germany, the Cayenne costs 51,735 Euros, while the more powerful S version retails at 66,610 Euros. The top model Cayenne Turbo has a list price of 108,617 Euros (including 19 percent sales tax and country-specific requirements).


Published on April 27, 2007 in Future Vehicles,Porsche

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