Porsche Cayenne (2010–2017)

Model History

March 2010

Second generation Porsche Cayenne launched

Each model in the Cayenne range compared with the former models, offers an increase in fuel economy of up to 23 per cent with more performance. The highlight of the new line-up is the technically sophisticated parallel full hybrid drive-train which combines the sporting performance of an eight-cylinder with the economy of a six-cylinder and a unique ‘sailing mode’ for even lower fuel consumption.

The selection of materials for optimum weight combined with changes in the overall concept of the Cayenne – such as a new active and extra-light all-wheel drive transmission – has resulted in the overall weight of the Cayenne S, for example, being reduced by 180kg. This weight reduction clearly has a very positive effect not only on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but also on performance, agility, and handling. Consequently, the breadth of new features and new technologies throughout the Cayenne ensures that it offers greater driving quality both on- and off-road, together with enhanced safety and passenger comfort.

The new Cayenne has been developed according to the principles of Porsche Intelligent Performance: more power on less fuel, greater efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. This philosophy is manifest in the introduction of a new Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission featuring a wider spread of gear ratios, an Auto Start Stop function, optimised thermal management on the engine and transmission cooling system, on-board network recuperation, and intelligent lightweight construction.

Overall, the new Cayenne is 48 mm longer than its predecessor. But despite its larger exterior dimensions, the design language of the new generation Cayenne represents a more compact and dynamic style. The fresh design of the new model integrates the 2010 Cayenne into the Porsche range and the sporting character of the Cayenne is clearly obvious, just as the highlights in the shape and design of the car so typical of Porsche are also clearly defined.

Extra space inside and greater everyday usability is ensured by a 40mm longer wheelbase. The most significant feature within the brand new, high-quality interior is the rising centre console that extends to surround the gearshift selector and which gives the interior the typical Porsche ‘cockpit’ character. In the rear, the seat bench can move forwards and back by 160mm and the backrest angle has three different position settings.

No less than three of the five versions of the new Cayenne consume less than ten litres of fuel per 100km in the New European Driving Cycle, and two models emit fewer than 200g/km of CO2.


The Cayenne range starts with the 3.6-litre V6 petrol-engined Cayenne. Power has risen to 300 hp, but fuel consumption has dropped by a fifth – in conjunction with the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission – to 28.5 mpg combined.

Cayenne S Hybrid

At 193g/km, the Cayenne S Hybrid is not only the cleanest version of the Cayenne with the lowest level of emissions, but also the cleanest Porsche throughout the Company’s entire portfolio. The Cayenne S Hybrid features a 333 hp drive-train that returns fuel consumption of 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 193g/km.

In the intelligent interaction of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and the electric motor, the Cayenne S Hybrid focuses on maximum efficiency from the overall powertrain system. Depending on driving conditions, the vehicle reaches this target with either only one drive unit operating independently or with both drive units working together. In this context the 47bhp electric motor is of course the ideal partner for the 333 hp compressor engine with its high torque at low speeds. Together, the two drive units deliver maximum output of 380bhp and peak torque of 580Nm at just 1,000 rpm, with the same kind of performance as the Cayenne S with its conventional V8 petrol power unit.

However, to ensure fast acceleration when setting off, the electric motor may serve to provide additional thrust through its ‘boosting’ effect. Intelligent management of the separator clutch makes for an inconspicuous transition among the hybrid-specific driving modes, and one which is comfortable and quick for the driver. At the same time, the combustion engine may be completely switched off at speeds of up to 97 mph, being fully disengaged from the drivetrain when no further power is required. In this so-called ‘sailing mode’, cruising along without power, the drag forces exerted by the combustion engine and their braking effect are eliminated in the interest of lowering resistance and thus further benefitting fuel consumption.

Cayenne Diesel

The Cayenne Diesel has a 240 bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine offering 550Nm of pulling power. In the new car, this powertrain now offers 20 per cent lower fuel consumption, with a Combined mpg of 38.2, increased from 30.4 mpg. Consequently, CO2 emissions are 195 g/km.

Cayenne S

The maxim of more power on less fuel is demonstrated by the Cayenne S, which now features a 400bhp high-torque 4.8-litre V8 petrol engine. With 15bhp more than the prior model combined with greater economy, this new engine offers significantly better performance overall, just like all models in the new generation of the Cayenne. In particular, fuel consumption is down by 23 per cent, with a combined mpg of 26.9.

Cayenne Turbo

Greater efficiency is also an attribute of the Cayenne Turbo, with its 500bhp twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 returning 27.6mpg. This is once again 23 per cent less than its predecessor.

Standard equipment on every Cayenne includes Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, audio system with 7-inch touch-screen, eight-way powered front seat adjustment, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, and a 100-litre fuel tank.

The Cayenne Turbo adds air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring, Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation, BOSE audio system, heated seats and metallic paint. Fitted to every Cayenne S, S Hybrid and Turbo is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard.

July 2010

The new generation Porsche Cayenne went on sale on May 29, and in the four weeks since over 16,000 orders have been received worldwide. Building on the proven qualities of the prior model, which has become the biggest selling Porsche in the company’s history, the new Cayenne features a driver-oriented chassis that has been designed to combine sports car handling on the road with the added versatility of being able to cover ground quickly and safely, regardless of the terrain.

The technically-sophisticated Cayenne S Hybrid combines the sporting performance of an eight-cylinder engine with the economy of a six-cylinder and is proving to be a popular new addition to the range, accounting for 15 per cent of orders.

At 193 g/km CO2, the Hybrid is not only the Cayenne with the lowest level of emissions, but also the cleanest Porsche throughout the Company’s entire portfolio. This qualifies the Hybrid for Band J vehicle excise duty and annual road tax of £235. Furthermore, the Cayenne S Hybrid returns fuel consumption of 34.4mpg Combined (8.2 litres/100km) reducing running costs further still.

As a consequence of its low emission technology, the Cayenne Hybrid has been confirmed as eligible for exemption from the London Congestion Charge. Customers who live or have reason to travel regularly to the London Congestion Charge zone are able to register their Cayenne Hybrid with the authorities and receive a two year permit for free transit through the area.

Porsche Cayenne – Range Overview

Power Torque 0-62
CO 2
Cayenne 300hp 400Nm 7.8secs 143mph 28.5mpg 236 £41,404
3.6-litre V6 petrol
Active all-wheel drive
Cayenne 240hp 550Nm 7.8secs 135mph 38.2mpg 195 £44,178
3.0-litre V6 Diesel
Permanent 4x4
CayenneS 400hp 500Nm 5.9secs 160mph 26.9mpg 245 £53,693
4.8-litre V8 petrol
Active all-wheel drive
CayenneS Hybrid 380hp 580Nm 6.5secs 150mph 34.4mpg 193 £57,610
3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol 333hp 440Nm
& electric motor 47hp 300Nm
Permanent 4x4
CayenneTurbo 500hp 700Nm 4.7secs 173mph 24.6mpg 270 £81,589
4.8-litre V8 petrol
Active all-wheel drive

All data for models equipped with 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission

April 2012

New Porsche Cayenne GTS launched

The new GTS builds on the Cayenne model’s reputation as the most sporting SUV, offering a more powerful engine, increased dynamic power development and a tauter chassis with lower ride height. While the Cayenne GTS sits between the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo in the range, its own special character enables it to be differentiated clearly from its siblings.

Beneath the bonnet of the Cayenne GTS lies an uprated 4.8-litre V8 engine, with 420 hp (309 kW), based on the Cayenne S power unit. Power transmission is via the eight-speed Tiptronic S with integrated auto start/stop function. The engine and gearbox have each been tuned to deliver particularly sporting levels of responsiveness, with the consequence that the Cayenne GTS sprints from a standing start to 62mph in 5.7 seconds, reaching 100 mph in 13.3 seconds. The top speed is 162mph and the Combined fuel consumption on the NEDC is 26.4mpg.

The chassis settings have been modified to further raise the dynamic ability of the Cayenne. The suspension is more tautly tuned and equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard, while the body is lowered by 24mm relative to the Cayenne S. As a result, the GTS is even closer to the road and handles with trademark composure and agility.

The appearance of the Cayenne GTS clearly proclaims its pronounced sportiness with eye-catching features including the front-end styling inspired by the Cayenne Turbo. Further design details include window surrounds and trims in a high-gloss black finish, prominent side skirts and wider wheel arches plus a distinctive roof spoiler with twin-wing profile.

From behind the wheel, the GTS offers a sporting interior ambience courtesy of a bespoke interior finished in leather and Alcantara, and front sports seats with eight-way adjustment. Further standard features include a SportDesign steering wheel with paddle-shift, sports exhaust system and Bi-Xenon headlights. The Cayenne GTS goes on sale in the UK in July 2012, priced from £67,147.

September 2012

Porsche Cayenne S Diesel added

Designed to offer a compelling combination of dynamic performance and efficiency. Featuring a 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine developing 381 hp and 850 Newton metres of torque, the S Diesel provides the most pulling power of any Cayenne currently on sale.

The new addition to the range can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 157mph. This is balanced by fuel consumption of 34.0mpg on the NEDC and emissions of 218 g/km CO2. Aiding efficiency and comfort is the auto start/stop function; the Cayenne S Diesel is the world’s only V8 diesel SUV to offer this feature.

The Cayenne S Diesel has been developed to deliver a characteristic Porsche driving experience, with dynamic performance and sound reminiscent of a sports car. In particular, the smooth-running properties and resonant vocal quality of the eight-cylinder engine attain a level comparable to that expected from a Porsche V8.

The very special character of the Cayenne S Diesel is further underlined by the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive. This system delivers the dynamic qualities of a rear-wheel drive car, together with its inherent benefits in terms of handling and precision. Torque is directed to the front wheels precisely according to the driving situation to improve stability and traction. The optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) further hones this dynamic performance.

The new Cayenne S Diesel takes on the role of a long-distance champion with aplomb. Based on its fuel consumption with a 100-litre fuel tank, the car can be potentially driven for over 745 miles without having to stop to refuel.

Externally, the new model displays the typical visual features of the eight-cylinder petrol Cayenne S. The brake system, for example, has been optimised to handle the car’s power output, and it is identified by its silver brake callipers. The black front intake grilles emphasise the open air inlets. The ‘diesel’ badges on the front wings hint at the engine under the bonnet, and the model badge at the rear identifies it as a Cayenne S.

The Cayenne S Diesel will arrive in Porsche Centres in January 2013 and costs from £58,243 in the UK. Standard equipment includes Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, audio system with seven-inch touch-screen, eight-way powered front seat adjustment, front and rear electric windows, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 100-litre fuel tank and a three-year warranty.

October 2012

Cayenne Turbo S added

With the power output of its twin-turbocharged engine increased by ten per cent to 550PS, the new Turbo S is the definitive Porsche Cayenne in which to cover ground quickly. With its advanced active chassis dynamics, the supreme four-wheel drive, five-seater surpasses the driving performance of many sports cars.

The intrinsic Cayenne virtues of versatile off-road capabilities, ride comfort and superior towing power have been preserved without exception. Its NEDC fuel consumption of 24.6mpg is identical to that of the Cayenne Turbo, which makes it more fuel-efficient in relation to its engine power.

The new Turbo S model has an extra 50PS of power compared with the Cayenne Turbo, as well as torque boosted from 700 to 750 Newton metres, which translates to faster acceleration and a higher top speed. The sprint from 0-62 mph takes just 4.5 seconds (0.2 sec quicker), and the car accelerates to a top speed of 175 mph (+ 2 mph).

The Cayenne Turbo S has been carefully configured for maximum dynamic performance. Therefore, it incorporates all relevant control systems as standard equipment. From the already highly-capable Cayenne Turbo it takes the combination of an air suspension and active PASM damping control.

To this is added Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which reduces the roll angle in curves to improve agility and comfort equally. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also a standard feature, combining torque vectoring on the rear wheels with an electronically controlled rear differential lock to improve traction, thereby increasing agility in every driving situation. The new Cayenne Turbo S is also equipped with the Sport Chrono package as standard.

The exterior appearance of the Cayenne Turbo S clearly hints at its purposeful intent. Design highlights include the air inlet grilles, headlight housings and mirrors, which are painted in high-gloss black. The 21-inch diameter ‘911 Turbo II’ alloy wheels with coloured Porsche centre badges are designed exclusively for the Cayenne Turbo S; their inside surfaces also painted in high-gloss black.

Porsche designers created new leather interior packages in fresh colours and patterns specifically chosen for the new Cayenne Turbo S. These interior features are available in Black/Carrera Red or Black/Luxor Beige combinations. The bi-colour leather packages that are reserved for the new top model are extended by adding decorative seams in the contrasting colours Carrera Red and Luxor Beige. The Carbon interior package complements the leather features and highlights the sophistication of both vehicle and materials.

The new Cayenne Turbo S will arrive in Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland in January 2013, priced from £107,460. Fitted to every Cayenne Turbo S is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers are also able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.

July 2014

Revised Cayenne launched

Along with minor exterior changes the updated Cayenne gets revised engines. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared with the previous S Hybrid model. The new car features a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.9 kWh, which enables an all-electric driving range of 18 to 36 km, depending on the style of driving and nature of the route.

The power of the electric motor is more than doubled from 47PS to 95PS and the combined fuel consumption is 83mpg (79g/km CO2). The three-litre V6 supercharged engine (333PS) and the electric motor (95PS) produce a combined system power of 416PS at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 590Nm.

The new 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the Cayenne S, which was developed entirely at Porsche, is another example of how downsizing with reduced engine displacement and fewer cylinders does not compromise core values: the engine's NEDC fuel consumption is between 29.7mpg and 28.8mpg.

The bi-turbo V6 develops maximum power of 420PS - a gain of 20PS. The engine torque of 550Nm is available from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm (+ 50 Nm). With its standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds (5.4 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package) – 0.4 seconds faster than the previous Cayenne S.

The Cayenne Turbo is characterised by its high level of spontaneous performance, searing acceleration and an ability to handle any driving situation. A 4.8-litre engine with eight-cylinders and twin turbochargers boosts engine power to 520PS with torque of 750Nm.

The diesel versions of the Cayenne combine sporting driving dynamics with even greater fuel efficiency. For example, the three-litre V6 engine in the Cayenne Diesel produces 262PS and has a fuel consumption of 42.8 to 41.5mpg.

The 4.2-litre V8 engine of the Cayenne S Diesel produces 385PS and torque of 850Nm. From a standstill, it reaches 62 mph in 5.4 seconds (5.3 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). Its top speed is 156mph, and its NEDC fuel consumption is 35.3 mpg (209 g/km CO2).

Chassis tuning of the new Cayenne has been optimised for even greater comfort, naturally without compromising dynamic pace. This makes the spread between comfort and sporting responsiveness even greater than before – and serves to emphasise the Cayenne claim to being the sports car in the SUV segment.

Inside, the driver now gets a new multi-function sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles as standard; its look and operation is based on the steering wheel design of the 918 Spyder. The rear seating system has also been made more comfortable, and seat ventilation can now be ordered as an option.

UK price
Cayenne Diesel £49,902
Cayenne S £60,218
Cayenne S Diesel £61,474
Cayenne S E-Hybrid £61,474
Cayenne Turbo £93,763

Uniquely, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is exactly the same price as that of the S Diesel, presenting customers with a clear choice depending on how they intend to use their car. In tandem, effective immediately the price of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is being reduced by £4,926 to £84,40.

Standard equipment on all Cayenne models includes Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive, Bi-xenon headlights with four point LED daytime running lights, multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle-shifts, ParkAssist front and rear, cruise control, automatic climate control, powered tailgate, Sport button, Start/Stop technology with coasting function and a three year warranty.

The Turbo adds LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System, 19-inch alloy wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with self-levelling air suspension, Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation and BOSE Surround Sound audio.

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