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Porsche Cayenne with six-cylinder engine

Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, will soon add the planned third version to the Cayenne model range. The excellent road dynamics, safety and off-road performance that have earned the eight-cylinder Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models worldwide praise, will shortly be available in an entry-level model with a six-cylinder engine, to be known simply as the “Cayenne”.

This is the first Porsche with V6 power and will be available in the UK in the first half of 2004. The Cayenne will be priced at £34,350 including value added tax.

Porsche’s engineers have developed the basic engine, which comes from an outside supplier, and modified it to increase both power and torque to make it the perfect addition to the Cayenne model range.

The engine, with four valves per cylinder, has a power output of 250 bhp (184 kW) at 6,000 rpm and the nominal torque is 310 Nm between 2,500 rpm and 5,500 rpm, with 300 Nm available from just over 2,000 rpm up until 5,500 rpm. This version of the Cayenne accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 214 km/h (133 mph). The V6 model also has a new design of six-speed manual gearbox which will be available as standard, with a built-in low ratio gearbox and lockable centre differential.

The new Porsche Cayenne will also be available with an innovative assistance system, “Porsche Drive Off Assistant” (PDOA), which helps the driver to set the vehicle in motion on an uphill gradient and prevents it from slipping back by applying the brakes automatically. When the driver engages the clutch, the system reduces braking pressure, so that the Cayenne can move off safely.

The six-cylinder Cayenne also features such technical highlights as the intelligent “Porsche Traction Management” (PTM), already introduced for the eight-cylinder engines. In the standard operating mode, PTM distributes engine power in a 62:38 ratio between the rear and front wheels, and up to 100 per-cent of the available torque can be allocated to the front or rear wheels via an electronically controlled centre differential, depending on the level of available traction. PTM actively influences the Cayenne’s longitudinal and lateral dynamics. Depending on the driving situation, it provides greater dynamic stability and more responsive handling. This driving aid is co-ordinated and controlled by state-of-the-art electronics permanently connected to the standard “Porsche Stability Management” (PSM). This results in outstanding performance and a high degree of driving safety, ideally complemented by excellent off-road capabilities.

The six-cylinder model has the same maximum trailer load of 3,500 kilograms as the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo.

Air suspension with a self-levelling function and ride height adjustment, including the “Porsche Active Suspension Management” (PASM) variable shock absorber system, is available as an optional extra on this 250-bhp Cayenne.

For the first time too, a special off-road navigation facility is an optional extra for the “Porsche Communication Management” (PCM) with navigation system.

Report from 28/08/2003