Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

Lovers of Porsche, but haters of the Cayenne may finally have a reason to see past the SUV features of the vehicle now that Merdad Collection has taken a chance on it. The English tuner has just revealed their newest package that consists of chopping off the two rear doors of the Cayenne and giving it a little more power to boot.

The new Porsche Cayenne Coupe was given its name after the company removed the rear doors and moved the B-pillars further back in order to accommodate the new, 20 mm longer front doors. These new doors were then equipped with safety glass to better protect the passengers inside. Other modifications to the exterior include a wide body package with a new mesh grille and spoiler, wheel arch extensions, side skirts and door moldings, a rear skirt with diffuser, and a carbon fiber hood with integrated vents. The car now sits on a new set of 22" wheels combined with an electronic suspension module which lowers the car by 40 mm. The interior also received some modifications in the way of four new sport seats with carbon fiber shells and electronic tilting. Other customizations can be had upon each customer’s request.

The power upgrade was provided with the addition of larger turbocharger units for the 4.8-liter V8 engine, new manifolds and exhaust, a sport air filter, a revised air intake system, and optimized ECU software. The result is an increase from the standard 500 HP up to 670 HP. The 0 to 60 mph is now made in 4.4 seconds and top speed goes up to more than 186 mph.

Lindsay Lohan Spy Shot

Okay LiLo, we gave you two chances with driving Porsches. First you smashed one into a semi-truck , claiming its brakes failed, but Porsche decided to a little investigation of its own only to find out that the brakes were in top order. Next you nipped a Ford Mustang with a Panamera, leaving a scratch on the man’s car, which he is claiming he will leave as a souvenir. Hmm, we wonder if he got it autographed too.

Now somehow LiLo managed to get her incompetent driving behind into the driver’s seat of yet another Porsche , which she is not allowed to drive regardless , and decided to play bumper cars with a pedestrian. This time her weapon of choice was a Porsche Cayenne and her victim was a young man standing outside of the Dream Hotel in New York.

Fortunately, she hit the guy at a low speed according to the report and the guy is recovering in a hospital. Lindsay did pull off a big no-no following the accident, as after someone checked out the damage on the car, she simply pulled away, getting herself a misdemeanor leaving-the-scene ticket. From the updated report, the surveillance camera at the hotel shows that the "victim" of the accident really seemed to embellish it, so chances were she may not have even hit him. There is an investigation underway.

Regardless of if she hit him or not, how many Porsches is she going to go through before she finally learns that No. 1 she can’t drive, No. 2 she’s rich enough not to need to drive, and No. 3 she needs to hire a freaking driver!

Fortunately in the latter two accidents neither any people nor any Porsche’s were seriously injured.

Source: TMZ

For those that think Volkswagen was kidding when it said it was time to start expanding Porsche’s lineup, this may come as a surprise to you, but Porsche is again expanding the Cayenne lineup. For those of us that anticipated the changes, this new addition might come as a surprise – particularly to U.S. buyers that see diesel-powered vehicles as sloth-like utility buggies.

Porsche has just released that it is ready to unveil the all new Porsche Cayenne S Diesel. Yes, that’s right, a diesel-powered Cayenne S. This isn’t your relatively slow Cayenne Diesel with its 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel powerplant. Rather this is a true performance model in every sense of the word.

We expect to see this model show its face in public at the 2012 Paris Motor show, which kicks off later on this month. We also expect this to be a huge deal in Porsche’s lineup, given it can perform as an S-badged Porsche should, yet still provide the fuel economy and emissions benefits afforded by switching to this gasoline-refinement byproduct as its fuel.

Click past the jump to read our full review and find out if this is just another rapitty-tapitty diesel or if this is truly a performance vehicle worthy of the S designation.

Mercedes ML63 AMG

We spend loads of time reviewing sports and supercars that we tend to forget all about the SUV realm. Back in the 1980s, when the SUV was just starting to become the new fad, there were no performance models to speak of.

In the 1990s, we caught a glimpse of out first true performance SUV, as the GMC Typhoon hit the market in very limited numbers. The Typhoon boasted stout numbers, as GM managed to pump a full 280 ponies from its typically underwhelming 4.3-liter engine. To boot, the Typhoon is still competitive today – in terms of speed – as it hots 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and clears the quarter in 14.1 ticks.

Unfortunately, the Typhoon was only a 2-door model and lacked the typical SUV utility. GMC also produced a little over 4,000 examples, so they were and remain very scarce. What’s cool though, is just how closely matched the Typhoon still is when compared to today’s performance SUVs. It’ll never beat the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT or the Porsche Cayenne, but it can certainly hold its own pretty well, especially for a 19-year-old SUV.

We took a look at the current world of performance SUVs to figure out who is top dog. Click past the jump to find out the results.

We’ve seen Lumma Design’s CLR 558 GT program for the Porsche Cayenne before. Earlier this year, in fact. These guys, however, don’t appear to be content with just one iteration of this project.

So they built not one, not two, but three different variations of the program that highlight their prowess in custom-tuned, customer-specified tuning projects. The three variants of the Cayenne - the S Hybrid, the Diesel, and the Turbo - were each given specific programs to demonstrate the kind of diversity the aftermarket company is entirely capable of.

With projects like this, it’s easy to see why Lumma Design is considered as one of the premier Porsche tuners in the world. As far as comfort, dynamics, elegance, and all-around sportiness are concerned, they cover all those bases without even breaking a sweat.

Find out more about the the three custom-tuned Porsche Cayenne’s by Lumma Design after the jump.

When Porsche announced the release of the second generation Cayenne , everyone expected to see some significant changes for the luxury SUV’s exterior. This didn’t happen so its Je Design’s job to release its new Progessor tuning kit that adds some amazing changes to the exterior look, as well as increases the total output to 610 HP (for the Turbo version).

The exterior package for the Cayenne starts with a new front skirt with optimized air intakes, two low-mounted fog lamps, and two high beam lights. The sports hood has received three air outlets for improved ventilation, while the rear of the vehicle gets four huge tailpipes (each with a diameter of 100 millimeters), a diffuser, and a side roof spoiler extension.

Under the hood, Je Design is offering a power upgrade for both the diesel and petrol versions, with the most amazing update being offered for the Turbo model. The Cayenne Turbo goes from the standard 500 to a whopping 610 HP. Next to the extra power, the tuner is also offering a pretty impressive air suspension module which can be controlled via an iPhone app. The last piece of the puzzle is a new set of 22" alloy rims offered in a Scorpio design in matte black with a silver front, or in the SUV Select Design which comes in matte black, silver shadow, or polished front and matte graphite.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S

When you pay a lot of money for a brand new car, you don’t expect to have any problems with it at all. In the real world, however, bad things can happen, even for high performance vehicles from Porsche . The Stuttgart based company has announced a pretty serious recall for their Panamera and Cayenne Turbo models (all 2012 Cayenne models and Panamera Turbo and Turbo S models from 2011 and 2012), to the tune of 270 US units.

The recall was issued because the turbine wheels from the turbocharging system may fracture under certain conditions. Such a fracture can cause a chain reaction in which the turbine shaft cracks, oil is sucked into the exhaust system causing smoke, and possibly a fire.

The problem was detected when a series of fires started in Syria in October and later on a racetrack. During some X-ray inspection, Porsche discovered a series of 37 worldwide failures of the turbine wheels, including three in the U.S.

Porsche is advising the clients with the affected vehicles to take them to the nearest dealership where they will have the turbine replaced, at what we are assuming is free of charge.

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Porsche Cayenne

Despite recently pulling out of the illustrious Iranian car market a few months ago, Porsche managed to achieve some incredible sales results for the first quarter of the year. That impressive sales trend has continued with the German company posting more great revenue figures for the first six months of the year.

Delivering 30,231 vehicles for the first quarter, the latest results show that sales continued to rise throughout the preceding months with an additional 38,940 units being sold, bringing the total six month tally up to 69,171. In comparison to last year, that’s an impressive increase of 14%.

Furthermore, Porsche managed to sell 12,699 cars in the month of June, an 18.9% increase over June last year. With the recent launch of the new Porsche 911/991, no less than 14,338 911’s were sold over this time period representing an increase of 27.4% from last year.

Unsurprisingly, the Porsche Cayenne was the brand’s best revenue raiser selling 34,727 vehicles, another great increase of 15.5% over the same time last year.

While speaking about the issue, Porsche marketing chief Bernhard Maier stated, “Porsche successfully continued on its growth path in the first half of the year. However, we cannot separate ourselves from the economy as a whole. With regard to the European economy in particular, we will continue to monitor developments closely and respond quickly if necessary. Nevertheless, we are currently planning for double-digit growth in 2012.”

Source: Porsche

After a relatively busy first few months of 2012, Vorsteiner has been relatively quiet the last couple of weeks. Apparently, that absence from the news only gave them more time to prepare their new tuning programs, like this one for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo . Called the V-CT program, the German tuner has built a new - and pretty extensive - aerodynamic package for the hulking Porsche SUV. If you didn’t notice by now, this program’s pretty stocked with all-new components.

To give an idea of what we’re in store for, the V-CT program is made up of an aero kit that includes a lower front spoiler with integrated brake cooling ducting, new side skirts with carbon fiber blades, and a carbon diffuser section for the rear bumper. From there, the front spoiler can also be specified with either a paintable or visible carbon center section.

For now, that’s all the details Vorsteiner is ready to unveil; more details are expected to be divulged soon. Certainly, it’s something that we’re looking forward to, particularly if Vorsteiner has any performance modifications on tap for a Cayenne Turbo that already produces a stout 500 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque.

A decade ago, Porsche opened up a brand new factory in Leipzig, Germany and the first vehicle to roll off of its line was a spankin’ new Cayenne . Whether by dumb luck or precision planning, the 500,000th vehicle to roll off of that same production line just happened to be a Cayenne – a white Cayenne S, to be precise.

Instead of just slapping a window sticker on it and sending it off to some random dealership to be lost forever in the shuffle of new cars, Porsche did something special. It took this brand new Cayenne S, which carries an MSRP of $65,000, wrapped it in a special red foil for the fire brigade in Leipzig, fitted it with a light bar and handed the keys over to the Leipzig’s mayor free of charge.

This vehicle is intended to act as a command vehicle for said fire brigade, and with its 4.8-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 400 ponies and 369 pound-feet of twist, we doubt that this new Porsche fire truck will have any issues being the first at any scene.

The Leipzig plant is already producing a record number of vehicles each year for Porsche, and the soon-to-be fully Volkswagen-ized sports car company is set to add another model to its workload, the Macan , which is due to start production in the Leipzig plant in 2013. In no time at all, the Leipzig plant will be hitting the 1,000,000-car mark and we are wondering how Porsche plans to celebrate that mark.

All around, this is just a classy gesture on Porsche’s part. Few automakers really understand how much their factories and the cities that house them affect their success. It’s obvious that Porsche does not have any problem recognizing the little guy.

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