8 Fun Facts About The Porsche Cayenne
- The Porsche Cayenne's platform was developed by Porsche but it was also shared with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7. Some of its body parts and panels including the frames and doors were sourced from Volkswagen who uses the same frames and doors for their Volkswagen Touareg model, a mid-sized crossover SUV on the market since 2003. All other aspects of the Porsche Cayenne's design, tuning, and production were done in-house at Porsche.
- After the Porsche 928 was discontinued, the Porsche Cayenne became the first V8-engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995.
- Although it doesn't have the shape of a typical American SUV, Porsche classifies the Porsche Cayenne as a sport utility vehicle. According to the German automaker, the Porsche Cayenne is a mid-size luxury SUV, not a sedan.
- Just like the Volkswagen, the Porsche Cayenne also comes in both diesel and regular varieties.
- The Porsche Cayenne was designed and engineered for racing. For the TransSyberia Rally 2007 held in Syberia, Porsche built only 26 units of Porsche Cayennes for drivers to race 7,100 kilometers from Moscow, Russia to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The rally's 6,600-kilometer route crossed the Ural Mountains up to the rugged peaks of the Altai Mounta. The winner of the race was none other than the Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia which was enhanced to include the Porsche Traction Management, the optional Offroad Technology Package, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, and the Porsche Active Suspension Management.
- To commemorate the victory of the Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia at the TransSyberia Rally 2007, Porche built a street version equipped with the 405 hp (302 kW) direct-inject 4.8L V8 engine from the Cayenne GTS. Sales for the street version of the Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia began in January 2009.
- Porsche developed the Cayenne Diesel and introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show as a diesel version of the Porsche Cayenne. It was powered by Volkswagen's 3.0 L V6 TDI engine with a rate of 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) and 550 Nm (410 lbft) of torque.
- The 2013 Cayenne Diesel's significant edge on its competitors is the 28-mpg highway fuel economy that it offers which equals to a driving range of 740 miles between fill ups. Its discreet "diesel" badges on the sides give the torque-rich oil-burner a subtle look.