Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

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Porsche has introduced new 911 variants to its model lineup since the beginning. Every few years the car get a redefined shape, slightly higher engine output and increased track performance. Since the company believes that the original 911 had the general shape of the sports car correct to begin with, the evolution has been a slow process more akin to refinement vs. redevelopment.

The year 2003 saw the introduction of the companies first SUV, the Cayenne. Critics loved to hate it and the consumer basically just loved it. They flew off dealer lots in record numbers and gave Porsche a big stick in the premium SUV market controlled by Mercedes and BMW . Few may have realized that the Cayenne was close to a rebodied Volkswagen Touareg, but few also cared. For its first complete redesign, Porsche engineers knew they had to push the boundaries with the Cayenne, give it far better performance and help it fit better within the portfolio.

There is no better way to establish whether or not they succeeded than by driving the new 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Your average Porsche Cayman or Porsche Carrera 4S may be exciting, but Turbo models are the epitome of every line – bringing performance to new heights.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Source: Review

Ever since its official launch the new generation Porsche Cayenne has received lots of impressive tuning package. The latest one comes fromLumma Design and includes both exterior and interior updates, but also an impressive engine update.

The CLR 558 GT package includes a new front spoiler, rear bumper, side skirts, sporty looking bonnet and rear spoiler, but also lots of carbon fiber elements: rear lip, rear diffuser and front spoiler bottom all made from the ultra-light yet sturdy material. The whole look is completed by new exhaust system with middle tailpipe of a diameter of 100 millimeters flanked by the two 80 millimeter ones. The CLR 558 GT sits on 22" sports rims.

The interior gets a two-tone leather upholstery, Alcantara covering all the interior’s plastic coverings, an ergonomically shaped sports steering wheel (which includes an airbag) and the carbon-look interior ledges, color-coordinated instruments and aluminum pedals with anti-slip rubber coating.

For the diesel model, Lumma has increased the total output from 240 HP to 276 HP and the peak torque goes from 550 NM to 630 NM.

About a month ago, we showed you a finely crafted, tuned-up Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe courtesy of Merdad. Turns out, the aftermarket company isn’t done with their tool kits just yet. Another modified Porsche Cayenne Turbo has come out of the UK-based tuning shop. This time, it’s a four-door version that has been given its own full-blown Merdad exterior body upgrade.

For this particular version, the aerodynamic upgrades include an electronic lowering model that drops the car’s height by 40mm, a set of Merdad Racing 22” forged rims that come in either black or silver editions, and a Merdad “Super Sound” exhaust system at the exterior. For the interior, Merdad outfitted the Cayenne Turbo with a unique leather interior trim, specially-designed alloy racing pedals, entrance blends, a floor mat set, and steering wheel.

As far as we’re concerned, we actually prefer the Cayenne Turbo Coupe version – mostly because we like black more than white – but it’s not to say that this new project isn’t anything to laugh about. After all, when you’ve done the level of work that Merdad has done with Porsches, you trust these guys to release a product that’s certainly worth their stature in the industry.

Despite the fact that gas prices are still on the rise, the SUV market continues to grow, and 2010 brought in plenty of new models to further this growth process. Starting with the new generation Porsche Cayenne , the new BMW X3 , and the long waited Land Rover Evoque , the laundry list of SUVs gave us just about every model we could possibly ask for, and some we wish they would have taken back.

For the avid readers of TopSpeed, it’s no surprise that the Cayenne is on our list of top SUVs for the year. This vehicle was just as admired by us as it was with the dozens of tuners that tried their hand at remodeling it. The Evoque was also popular, but more so in the headlines with news stories of its release dominating the waves for a significant amount of time. The BMW X3 is no stranger to awards with a few already tacked on to its bumper from previous years. The newest model will be no different as its style and luxury has carried on through 2010.

We had our top three picks, but it was time to choose the winner. We based our choice on exterior design, performance, and fuel economy, which is rather important in vehicles of this class. Would tradition reign supreme or will a brand new model spank the competition?

Hit the jump to find out which SUV was our top pick for 2010.

A few months ago, Merdad – one of our favorite tuning firms in the world – unveiled the first details on their new project for the Porsche Cayenne . Chopping off two of its doors, Merdad turned the Cayenne into a sharper looking coupe by making the necessary adjustments to compensate for the loss of the two doors.

The Cayenne 902 Coupe is not different. As with a lot of their recent works with the Cayenne , Merdad used a comprehensive styling kit with new aerodynamic parts that are complemented by an electronic lowering module and accentuated by a set of 22” alloy wheels that comes in a choice of either black or silver colors. Merdad also took the Cayenne’s interior and dressed it up to the nines by adding black leather and red Alcantara with new trims and a sports steering wheel.

The UK-based tuning firm also tweaked and fine-tuned the Cayenne’s engine with a variety of engine upgrades, bumping up the SUV’s output – depending on the program – to 550 horsepower and all the way up to 750 horsepower. The top-end version of the Cayenne 902 is expected to hit a staggering 0-60 mph time of just a little over four seconds – 4.4 seconds, to be exact.

The Russian automotive beauty experts, TopCar , are taking yet another opportunity to remodel the new generation Porsche Cayenne by providing another package with exterior and interior updates. It is called the Vantage 2 and is basically the non-GTR version of the Vantage GTR2 provided by the same tuner.

For the exterior, the package adds a long list of carbon fiber elements, including a new front spoiler bumper, front fender extensions, and a new bonnet. More carbon can be found on the side skirts, rear spoiler, roof spoiler, rear fender wings, and diffuser with LED brake light strip. The package also includes a new set of wheels available in either 22" or 23" dimensions. The interior only gets cleaned up with hand-crafted leather and different aluminum insertions.

However, the most impressive changes were made under the hood. Much like its GTR partner, the Vantage 2’s 4.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 version has been tweaked to deliver 760hp, up from the standard 500hp. Mum’s the word on the new performance numbers as of yet, but we’ll pass them along as soon as we get them.

Gemballa hasn’t exactly had the best year, to say the least, in 2010. Earlier this year, the company’s founder, Uwe Gemballa mysteriously disappeared only to be found a few months later in South Africa, a victim of an apparent murder orchestrated by people that he may have had some prior involvement with.

Then in February, German police officials closed down the company’s tuning shop only to be re-opened a few months later when the company officially re-opened under new leadership with CEO Andreas Schwarz and Investor Steffen Korbach taking the reins and assuming full control of the company.

So after a tumultuous year, the new Gemballa is poised to enter 2011 on a positive note by announcing their latest project, the Tornado Porsche 958 Cayenne .

It may have taken longer than anyone would have liked, not to mention the tragic circumstances surrounding the untimely death of its founder, but the new company is trying to make sure that some semblance of normalcy returns after the year they’ve been through.

And, really, what better way to do that than to announce the development of a new and awesome project.

UPDATE 05/04/11: Here’s something you don’t see at an auto show: The Cayenne-based Gemballa Tornado made its official debut at the recently concluded 2011 Top Marques Monaco and before anybody else could take the SUV out for a test run at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, an Arabian sheik bought the SUV 16 seconds after the show opened its doors. 16 seconds, people. That guys scooped up the Gemballa Tornado faster than it takes for us to drink our coffees in the morning.

Check out details for the Tornado Porsche 958 Cayenne after the jump.

Source: Gemballa

Tuners really love Porsche ’s latest models, especially the new generation Cayenne which has seen more than its fair share of tuning packages. Until now we’ve seen lots of tuning packages coming straight out of Germany, but Russian tuning firm, Met-R, has decided to take the Cayenne under their tuning wing and created a package that includes an aggressive body kit and an impressive engine update. The package may actually be a little familiar as Met-R has used it once before on the BMW X6 Interceptor .

Their package is called the Radical Star and offers an aggressive front fascia, wheel arch extensions (which add 100mm in width), and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. And with a name like Radical Star, it shouldn’t be surprising that this newly tuned vehicle is covered in star graphics.

Under the hood, the twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 engine has been upgraded to deliver 556 HP, an increase of 63 HP over the standard Cayenne Turbo model. In order to obtain this increase the tuner made some ECU modifications and added a high-flow air filter.

If you’re interested in ordering this kit just know that the Russian tuner is asking $25,260 for the complete kit.

Source: Met-R

German tuner, Hamann, is killing two birds with one stone with an announcement for their first tuning package for the new generationPorsche Cayenne with an additional announcement for a future tuning package. And while the first package only includes aerodynamic changes, the future package will also include engine updates.

The exterior package includes a new front apron with integrated 2 LED daytime running lights, new side sills, and a new rear apron with a new Hamann sport rear muffler 4 tailpipes. The exterior also gets a new carbon fiber hood with additional air intake and a new set of ultra-light forged 22" 3-pieced light-alloy wheel. There is also a new exhaust system with a pre-catalysts converter.

Hamann is also offering a new suspension system for cars with air suspension. This new system will lower the Cayenne’s ride by 35 mm. As for the engine conversion, Hamann is currently offering an Electronic power advancement through a reprogramming of the ECU that will help diesel versions deliver up to 275 HP (up from a standard of 240 HP).

Tuning firm, TOPCAR, is slowly becoming a major player in the aftermarket industry for their works with a number of Porsche , BMW , and Bentley models they have worked on in the past 6 years.

Recently, the Russian aftermarket company announced that they were in the process of presenting a new aerodynamic body kit for the Porsche Cayenne Vantage GTR 2, using the Cayenne 2 model as its base.

With the new body kit, TOPCAR remodeled the Porsche SUV by adding a bevy of items, including a front spoiler bumper, a new bonnet, wide fenders, a rear spoiler bumper, and a diffuser, thereby turning it into a menacing piece of Stuttgart savagery. Likewise, all these parts were carefully made using high-grade items like carbon Kevlar and carbon fiber. On top of that, an engine upgrade is also still in the works, one that will see the Porsche Cayenne receive a major bump in power from 550 horsepower to 750 horsepower. Full details behind the improvement on the powertrain have yet to be released so we’re going to hold off on that end.

In the meantime, Top Car is already preparing the first seven models for its first customers with a total of only 50 units being made to ensure exclusivity for all of its prospective owners.

Press Release after the jump.

Source: Top-Car

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