PORSCHE ANNOÚNCES THIRD CAYENNE MODEL
Introduction Comes on the Heels of Strong Cayenne Sales in North America
ATLANTA, August 27, 2003 --- Following the successful worldwide launch of the Porsche Cayenne – success measured in many ways including two top magazine awards and more than 7,300 Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo V8 models sold in North America to date –Stuttgart, Germany-based Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG today announced the introduction of a third Cayenne model, which will be powered by a six-cylinder engine. It will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and subsequently go on sale in Germany and Europe.
Once it is introduced in North America during the first half of 2004, this latest Cayenne model – named simply Cayenne – will feature the same standard-setting on- and off-pavement capabilities of its V8-powered siblings while offering its own impressive performance figures. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 9.1 seconds and has a top test track speed of 133 mph (214 km/h).
The Cayenne will have a V6 engine, the first ever offered in a Porsche. Engineers at Porsche further developed the stock engine and modified it for the most severe off-pavement driving conditions. It has four valves per cylinder and produces 247 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm.
Aside from its power source, the Cayenne will offer all of the features first introduced on the Cayenne S and Turbo, including the Porsche Traction Management permanent four-wheel drive system, Porsche Stability Management and air suspension.
Since its arrival at the end of 2002, the Porsche Cayenne has been making a name for itself in the vibrant luxury sport utility segment, offering best-in-class on-pavement driving characteristics and exceptional off-pavement performance. In 2003, AutoWeek Magazine readers named the Cayenne the Best SÚV/Off-Road Vehicle as part of the magazine’s 14th Annual “America’s Best” Survey. The Robb Report also presented its “Robb Report Best of the Best 2003” award to the Cayenne in the sport utility segment.
This latest addition to the Cayenne line-up will expand Porsche’s potential customer base within the high-end SÚV segment and will provide more opportunities for Porsche’s 204 North American dealers.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., and its subsidiary, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., are the exclusive importers of Porsche vehicles for the Únited States and Canada. A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, PCNA employs approximately 250 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, marketing and training for its 204 Ú.S. and Canadian dealers. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.Source - Porsche
After bringing new levels of dynamic performance to the sport utility vehicle market, Porsche expands the scope of its appeal with the 2004 Porsche Cayenne, the first model in the company's history powered by a V6 engine. The newest Cayenne takes its place in the Porsche SÚV lineup alongside the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models launched last year.
The newest Cayenne goes on sale January 10 in North American markets. Standard equipment includes the new V6 engine, a six-speed Tiptronic S transmission and such Porsche technologies as Porsche Stability Management and Porsche Traction Management, plus much more, including leather seating surfaces for five people and side-curtain airbags.
Base prices are $42,900 in the Únited States and $60,850 in Canadian dollars.
The Cayenne option list includes the Porsche Communication Management system that features a navigation system and Porsche's new Advanced Offroad Technology Package, which also becomes available on the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models.
Like the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne has the architecture of an SÚV, but the same soul that is part of every Porsche. Thus Porsche Traction Management can claw its way up a rocky trail, but also provides sure-footed traction and control for high-speed lane changes.
The 2004 Porsche Cayenne has the room and the luxury that a family demands for its four-wheel-drive adventures – whether they involve wilderness trails, inclement weather conditions or a quick run to the drive-thru lane. It also provides the dynamic driving experience that Porsche's enthusiast customers expect from each of their vehicles.
Except for its engine and a few other components, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne is identical in design and construction to the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. The only visual clues to differentiate the new model from its siblings are its black-colored brake calipers, its standard, 10-spoke, light-alloy, 17-inch wheels, and a 'Cayenne' script on its rear hatch without an 'S' or 'Turbo' suffix.
The 2004 Porsche Cayenne features a 3.2-liter V6 engine tuned by Porsche engineers to produce 247 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 228 pound-feet of torque, with that peak torque figure achieved all the way from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm.
Working though the Tiptronic S transmission and Porsche's four-wheel-drive systems, the V6 propels the 2004 Porsche Cayenne from a standing start to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 9.7 seconds. The 2004 Porsche Cayenne's top speed in track testing is 133 mph (214 km/h).
Other performance figures include 0-100 mph (160 km/h) in 25.0 seconds and a standing-start, one-kilometer (.62-mile) sprint in 30.8 seconds. The V6's performance includes 15 city and 19 highway fuel economy figures (15.6 liters per 100 km city and 12.2 per 100 km highway in Canada). The 2004 Porsche Cayenne has a 26.4 gallon (100 liter) fuel tank.
With its 22.7-gallon fuel tank, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne has a range that exceeds 430 miles.
While the engine block is sourced from Volkswagen, which is Porsche's partner in the construction of the Cayenne's unit-body chassis, the 15-degree, 3.2-liter V6 engine has been extensively reworked by Porsche engineers. They designed an entirely new intake system for the engine, with two overhead camshafts and continuously variable intake valve timing. They also reworked the exhaust system to provide the sound that immediately identifies the Cayenne as a true Porsche.
Porsche engineers also designed modifications to the engine for towing, including the engine cooling system. To verify the Cayenne's ability in extreme conditions, testing was done while pulling the maximum load (7,716 pounds or 3500 kg) in temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius).
The powertrain and its belt-drive system also were designed and developed for the challenges Porsche Cayenne owners may face in extreme off-pavement driving. Thus the V6 operates smoothly while the Porsche Cayenne is driven through water as deep as 20 inches (500 mm) or at angles – uphill, downhill or side hill – as steep as 45 degrees.
Just like the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne is equipped with a six-speed Tiptronic S transmission designed to provide an enhanced range of individual gear increments and to retain the driver's option to shift gears manually by tipping the selector lever on the center console or simply by using switches on the steering wheel that can be activated by the driver's thumbs.
The driver can press the upper portion of the thumb switch or tip the center console shift selector forward to advance the gears, or press the lower part of the thumb switch or tip the shift selector back to downshift.
One major advantage of the Tiptronic S is that it provides the driver with the option of intervening while the transmission is in automatic mode. The driver can move the thumb switch on the steering wheel and shift gears manually even though the gearshift selector lever in the center console remains in the automatic position. In such a case, the manual mode is activated for at least eight seconds, and this period is extended when the car is in 'overrun' – for example, on a downhill grade, to capitalize on engine braking – or when the driver downshifts before the entrance to a curve and the car is under lateral acceleration as it negotiates the turn.
When in such a situation, the letter 'M' appears in the right-hand instrument dial and the specific gear engaged also is displayed. At the same time, the transmission retains its kick down function so the driver can downshift again as needed. The transmission can downshift by as many as three gears when the driver steps hard and quickly on the gas pedal.Source - Porsche