The Porsche Cayenne GTS.
The Porsche Cayenne GTS.

Porsche launches four models in 2014 Cayenne range

PORSCHE will finalise the availability of its seven-strong Cayenne range in February next year.

While the updated SUV was launched at Byron Bay this week, it was without the new hybrid, petrol-powered Cayenne V6 and overtly sporty Cayenne GTS models.

Now available in Australia are the entry-level Diesel, Cayenne S, S Diesel and flagship Cayenne Turbo.

Prices across the range have lifted, but Porsche has improved equipment levels.

Porsche designers have given the new Cayenne a sharper design with precise lines and purposefully placed light refracting edges. All panels and body work forward of the windscreen is completely re-designed. Also new are the airblades: these air fins on the right and left front efficiently guide cooling air to the intercoolers and also make a strong visual statement.

Bi-xenon headlights with "hovering" four point LED daytime running lights are now standard on the Cayenne Diesel, while higher performance models - S and Turbo - are also fitted with LED headlights but additionally with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as standard.

The rear section of the new Cayenne is also thoroughly updated: the layout of the rear lights creates a three-dimensional effect; the brake lights - like the LED daytime running lights in the front - are designed in four elements.

Interior changes are focused mainly around the driver - a new multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles is standard; with its look and functions based on the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder. Rear seat comfort is also enhanced and rear seat ventilation is now available as an option. Porsche Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM) is now standard on all models.

When it arrives next year, the GTS will be powered by a 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine which generates 323kW and 600Nm. It will be able to accelerate from 0-100kmh in 5.2 seconds, or  5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package.

The Cayenne V6 petrol is the familiar 3.6-litre unit, delivering 220kW. It accelerates the Cayenne from 0-100kmh in 7.7 seconds - 7.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package. That's 0.2 seconds faster than before. At 230 kmh, top speed matches the level of the previous model.

When it arrives, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid will be the first luxury plug-in hybrid model in Australia. It has fuel consumption of only 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of a mere 79 grams per kilometre.

The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.9 kWh, which enables an all-electric driving range of 18 to 36 km, depending on the style of driving and route topography. Its 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine 245kW and electric motor 70kW produce a combined power output of 306kW at 5500rpm and total available torque of 590Nm from 1250-4000rpm.

This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 100kmh in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 243kmh.

BOTTOM LINE

Porsche Cayenne

Diesel $104,700

Cayenne $108,000

S $139,900

S Diesel $143,200

S-E Hybrid $139,200

GTS $154,600

Turbo $230,800


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