Sprucing up the second gen for one last hurrah

Porsche first released its Cayenne mid-size luxury performance SUV in 2002, and although plenty of naysayers derided the Stuttgart-based brand for this seemingly sacrilegious break from tradition, the model continues to do well 15 years later. Now, with the third-generation Cayenne expected to appear in just a few short months at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Porsche is sprucing up the outgoing model with a new special edition model called the Platinum Edition. Upgrades include a few bits and pieces for the interior, as well as understated exterior styling modifications, while the rest of the Cayenne spec and equipment is left as is.

Outside, you’ll find new, large-diameter wheels, plus revamped glossy black trim. Inside is leather and Alcantara upholstery, top-end infotainment gear, and unique badging.

Porsche is offering its Platinum Edition treatment for the Cayenne S gas-powered model, as well as the Cayenne S Diesel. Under the skin, the mechanical bits are unaltered, which means you still get 420 horsepower from the twin-turbo 3.6-liter six-cylinder in the Cayenne S, and 385 horsepower from the twin-turbo V-8 in the Cayenne S Diesel.

Pricing starts at 87,442 euros (or $94,311 at current exchange rates) for the Cayenne S Platinum Edition, and 90,417 euros (or $97,519 at current exchange rates) for the Cayenne S Diesel Platinum Edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Cayenne S Platinum Edition.

What Makes The Porsche Cayenne S Platinum Edition Special

Specifics for the Cayenne S Platinum Edition include 21-inch Sport Edition wheels in the corners. These handsome rollers use a split 10-spoke design and get platinum coloring with a satin finish. The body panels come with a variety of paint options, including Jet Black, Mahogany, Purpurite, Carrara White, and Rhodium Silver, while the trim is glossy black. Complementing this are rear windows that are tinted, while the fenders were repainted in order to match the body color. In the front fascia you’ll find the usual Porsche headlights, which come equipped with bi-xenon lighting elements, as well as the Porsche Dynamic Light System.

Porsche Cayenne S Platinum Edition High Resolution Exterior
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Porsche Cayenne S Platinum Edition High Resolution Exterior
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Moving inside, you’ll find the seats get eight-way adjustability, plus leather upholstery and healthy side bolsters. Alcantara material from the Cayenne GTS model was applied to the seat centers, while customers can get the front seats with the ever-popular heating function if desired.

On the safety and convenience front, the Cayenne S Platinum Edition gets a parking assist feature for both front and rear parking maneuvers, plus the Power Steering Plus feature. Auto dimming is offered for the rear-view mirror and side-view mirrors.

Porsche Cayenne S Platinum Edition High Resolution Interior
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And lest you forget, the Cayenne S Platinum Edition offers special “Platinum Edition” badging on the kick plates. Topping it off is the Porsche crest on the headrests, and an analogue clock on the dash.

Finally, each Platinum Edition gets the Porsche Communication Management system for infotainment duties, which throws in Online Navigation, Connect Plus, and a Bose Surround Sound System

Model Cayenne S Cayenne Diesel Cayenne Turbo Cayenne S E-Hybrid
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 biturbo 3.0 liter V-6 4.8 liter V-8 3.0 liter V-6 supercharged + electric motor
Horsepower 420 HP @ 6000 RPM 240 HP @ TBA 520 HP @ 6000 RPM 416 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 406 LB-FT 406 LB-FT 553 LB-FT 435 LB-FT
0 - 60 mph 5.2 seconds 7.2 seconds 4.2 seconds 5.4 seconds
Top speed 161 mph 135 mph 173 mph 151 mph

Press Release

Growth for the Platinum Edition from Porsche: The Platinum Editions of the Cayenne S and Cayenne S Diesel contain high-quality equipment that makes these models particularly appealing. The extended standard equipment includes 21-inch Sport Edition wheels in Platinum with a satin finish, eight-way leather sports seats with Alcantara seat centres from the Cayenne GTS as well as a number of other comfort features. Together with the Cayenne Diesel and the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the Platinum Edition now comprises four Cayenne models.

The high quality of the new Platinum Edition models is demonstrated by their refined yet understated exterior. In addition to the standard exterior colours of black and white, five optional metallic paint finishes are also available: Jet Black, Mahogany, Purpurite, Carrara White and Rhodium Silver. The exterior package includes elegant and sporty touches in high-gloss black, tinted privacy glass at the rear and wheel arch extensions in the vehicle colour.

The Platinum Edition stands for sporty functionality. Bi-Xenon main headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Power Steering Plus and front and rear Park-Assist make driving effortless, whether travelling on long-distance journeys or driving around the city. The automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors prevent glare from the traffic behind.

As you enter the vehicle, the “Platinum Edition” lettering is revealed on the front door entry guards of the refined Cayenne S models.
All of the outer headrests bear the Porsche crest and the front seats can be heated. In terms of infotainment, all of the Platinum models are also excellently equipped with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including Online Navigation, the Connect Plus module and the BOSE® Surround Sound System. A further feature typical of this edition is the sporty analogue clock on the dashboard.

The power and consumption values for the new special models remain the same. The 309-kW (420-hp) 3.6-litre six-cylinder bi-turbo engine in the Cayenne S consumes between 9.8 and 9.5 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on the tyres. The V8 engine with twin turbocharging in the Cayenne S Diesel generates 283 kW (385 hp) and consumes between 8.2 and 8.0 litres of diesel every 100 km, again depending on the tyres. In Germany, the Cayenne S Platinum Edition costs 87,442 euro and the Cayenne S Diesel Platinum Edition costs 90,417 euro (both incl. VAT).

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