For the first time, Cayenne customers can request trim stitching and leather in deviating color, which previously had been exclusive to the sports car lines. Customers can select decorative trim stitching in a deviating color throughout the interior, as well as leather seat centers and door panels in a deviating color.
Through Porsche Exclusive program, Cayenne customers can now get two new options: Bi-Xenon™ headlights finished in black and the standard Cayenne Turbo S 21-inch Cayenne SportPlus wheels are available in a painted black finish.
The 2010 models still feature many of the upgrades first shown last year, such as Porsche’s updated Porsche Communication Management system (PCM), which is standard equipment on the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S. The system now uses a touch screen rather than a separate keyboard. The optional navigation system (also standard on Turbo models) is now based on a 40 gb hard drive.
In addition, the PCM offers optional Bluetooth connectivity for hands free cell phone use, and optional wired connectivity for external music and audio sources such as MP3 players, iPods and USB memory sticks. Other audio options include XM Satellite radio with real-time XM NavTraffic updates and a six-disc CD changer.
Porsche engineers adapted the company’s unique Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system to the Cayenne range. Beginning with the 2009 model year, PCCB with its recognizable yellow calipers, is optionally available on Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S when equipped with 20 or 21 inch wheels.
The Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S are propelled by double-overhead camshaft engines featuring Direct Fuel Injection (DFI). Porsche’s engineers have ensured that this sophisticated and still-rare power plant technology work seamlessly with other Porsche engine controls including Porsche VarioCam Plus variable intake valve lift and timing system. The result is the abundant reserve of power that Porsche drivers expect coupled with superb efficiency. Despite their prodigious outputs, not one of the Cayenne models carries a gas guzzler stigma and all are certified by the federal government as Low Emissions Vehicles.
Cayenne Turbo S
As befits any flagship wearing the renowned Porsche crest, the 2010 Cayenne Turbo S is the most powerful Cayenne ever built. Sharing the same essential 4.8-liter V8 engine as the Cayenne S, GTS and Turbo, the Turbo S boasts 550 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That is a 10 percent increase in power and a 7 percent boost in torque over the Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds on its way to a track-proven top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). Like the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, the Turbo S comes standard with a six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission.
Despite the astounding performance, the Cayenne Turbo S carries no fuel economy penalty over the Cayenne Turbo. Both the 2010 Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S are EPA rated to deliver 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, and both are certified as Low-Emissions Vehicles, Tier II (LEV-II).
Instantly recognizable as a Cayenne, and clearly identifiable as a unique model, the Cayenne Turbo S rides on standard 21-inch alloy wheels with 295/35 wide-aspect tires. Other unique visual clues to the flagship’s identity are the body-color wheel arch extensions and matte-finish air intake grilles. From the rear, the Cayenne Turbo S is instantly recognizable by its dual-twin tailpipes made of precision cast aluminum, inspired by those on the Porsche Carrera GT. Finally, the Cayenne Turbo S is available in a unique exterior color: Lava Grey Metallic.
The Cayenne Turbo S passenger cabin is unique thanks to its standard two-color leather upholstery. Buyers have a choice of either Black/Havanna or Black/Steel Grey full leather seating surfaces, as well as solid Black or Sand Beige. In addition, the dashboard and upper door panels have coordinating seams finished in the lighter upholstery color. The interior also is distinct with its standard two-tone, padded leather steering wheel and carbon fiber door and dash trim. As with the Cayenne GTS, the Cayenne Turbo S has bolstered front and rear sport seats. The front seats have an extended memory feature and the three-person rear seat features contours for the outer positions.
Besides its more potent turbocharged engine, the Cayenne Turbo S differs mechanically from the Turbo by featuring Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) as standard equipment. PDCC uses hydraulically assisted anti-roll bars to actively manage body lean in curves to help improve response, agility, and provide increased passenger comfort. If the driver selects the off-road mode and low-range gearing, the hydralic pivot motors are released and the anti-roll bars are disengaged to provide maximum axle articulation.
The MSRP is $126,300, plus $975 for destination
With its Direct- Fuel Injection (DFI), twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 cranking out 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo sprints from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. On the test track, the Cayenne Turbo tops out at 171 mph (275 km/h). Equally impressive as the Cayenne Turbo's blistering performance is the fact that it attains LEV-II certification while carrying no gas-guzzler penalty. Like the Cayenne Turbo S, the Cayenne Turbo gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
Cayenne Turbo standard equipment includes air suspension with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM); Bi-Xenon™ headlights; Porsche Communication Management with a 6.5-inch full-color LCD with touchscreen controls and DVD navigation; a 410-watt, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System; a five-inch TFT color monitor in the instrument cluster; front, side and curtain airbags; front and rear ParkAssist with audio an visual displays; a power tailgate; and 19-inch Cayenne Design wheels with 275/45 performance tires.
Total MSRP is $99,900 plus $975 for destination.
Occupant Protection Off-Road and On
In addition to their stunning combination of performance and environmental sensitivity, all models in the Cayenne line are equipped with a rollover sensor that in the event of an impending rollover triggers the seatbelt tensioners and the side curtain airbags.
But Porsche firmly believes that preventing an accident is the best way to protect the vehicle's occupants, so all Cayennes are equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) to help maintain vehicle stability, even under adverse weather and surface conditions. PSM is fully integrated with the vehicles' other safety features, including antilock braking and braking pre-load.
Even further stability, agility and comfort is available with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). This optional system (standard on the Turbo S) all but eliminates body lean in turns via active anti-roll bars.
Permanent All-Wheel Drive, Porsche Style
Both the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S walk a delicate line; each must be a sport-utility vehicle and a Porsche. Inherent in the concept of an SUV is the ability to traverse many more surfaces than Macadam or concrete. To that end, all Cayenne models come standard with the maker's permanent all-wheel drive system, Porsche Traction Management (PTM).
Under most conditions, engine power is biased to the rear wheels, as driving enthusiasts prefer. In standard mode, the torque is split 38/62, front/rear. However, as conditions warrant, the electronically controlled PTM has the capacity to vary that power distribution virtually infinitely and instantaneously, directing up to 100 percent of the engine's power to either front or rear wheels as necessary for optimum traction and stability.
Both the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S have a 2.7:1 reduction gear for off-road or inclimate weather use. To activate the low-range gearing, the driver simply applies the brake, puts the car in neutral and tips the center console switch to the off-road position. The Cayenne automatically switches to low-range gearing. If fitted with air suspension, the Cayenne automatically raises from its normal level of 8.46 inches to a special off-road level of 10.67 inches.
Finally, all Cayenne models can tow up to 7,716 lbs.
Regardless of model distinctions, all Cayennes share a solid family resemblance. Everyone has a bold face with its headlights under clear glass covers and mounted close to the fascia's outer edges. The strong front sweeps back to broad, muscular wheel arches. The breadth of the wheel arches increases along with each variant’s performance potential and tire size. Both the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S are further distinguished by their power dome hoods, and the GTS shares their horizontal lighting units mounted in the outer air inlets.
Leaving no stone unturned in its quest to refine the Cayennes’ shape, Porsche's aerodynamic engineers optimized the shape of the exterior mirrors and the roof spoiler. Besides resulting in an aesthetic, fresh look, the current body has a lower coefficient of drag than the first generation Cayenne.