Porsche Malaysia (Sime Darby Auto Performance), together with the launch of their RM16 million flagship showroom and the 911 Targa 4S, has unveiled the facelifted Cayenne. This luxury mid-size SUV from Stuttgart is available in five trim levels here; the base Cayenne, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Diesel, Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Cayenne GTS.

Porsche is taking orders for all variants of the Cayenne nationwide, but no prices have been announced to date. Now, the Cayenne’s dimensions are about the same as before, but the overall length has grown from 4,846mm to 4,855mm and is wider by 1mm at 1,939mm. The wheelbase however, remains the same at 2,895mm.

Porsche Cayenne GTS (1)

Name Cayenne Cayenne Diesel Cayenne S Cayenne S Diesel Cayenne S E-Hybrid Cayenne GTS
Engine 3.6L V6 3.0L V6 turbo 3.6L bi-turbo V6 4.2L V8 turbo  3.0L V6 3.6L V6
Transmission 8-speed Tiptronic S 8-speed Tiptronic S 8-speed Tiptronic S 8-speed Tiptronic S 8-speed Tiptronic S 8-speed Tiptronic S
Max Power 300 hp @ 6,300 rpm 245 hp @ 3,800 – 4,400 rpm 420 hp @ 6,000 rpm 385 hp @ 3,750 rpm 416 hp @ 5,500 rpm 440 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 400 Nm @ 3,000 rpm 550 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,750 rpm 550 Nm @ 1,350 – 4,500 rpm 850 Nm @ 2,000 – 2,750 rpm 590 Nm @ 1,250 – 4,000 rpm 600 Nm @ 1,600 – 5,000 rpm
0 – 100 km/h 7.7 seconds 7.3 seconds 5.5 seconds 5.4 seconds 5.9 seconds 5.2 seconds
Top Speed 230 km/h 221 km/h 259 km/h 252 km/h 243 km/h 262 km/h
Price (with GST only) RM640,000 RM640,000 RM760,000 RM780,000 RM770,000 RM900,000

Very little has changed on the outside here, but tweaks on cars like these must speak for themselves, hence the updated front and rear fascia. The most obvious change is the headlights that now come with the brand’s familiar four-pointed LED DRLs. The bonnet is also marginally sculpted to complement the more aggressive front bumper.

Look closer and you’ll realise that the grille has been moved up ever so slightly and the signal indicators by the side of the fenders have found new home within the headlights. On that front, illumination source is bi-xenon and is standard across all variants, except the Turbo and Turbo S which get LED lights with Porsche Dynamic Light System. Round the back, the tail lights have been completely restyled and is slimmer than the outgoing version’s. The bumper is also new, as are the exhaust and reflector strips.

Step inside the facelifted Cayenne and the only notable difference that will meet the eye is the steering wheel. It’s entirely new and is made to look more 918-esque. The paddle shifters are mounted to the back of the steering wheel instead of the thumb-operated kind.

Depending on the variant of choice, you get trim-special rev counters and a 4.8-inch colour display. The front seats come with an 8-way electric adjuster and the rear seats have a 60:40 split configuration. As with all Porsche models, there are optional kits to match every taste bud, such as Porsche’s Rear Seat Entertainment package and the high-end 16-speaker Burmester sound system.

In the performance department, starting with the Cayenne, you get a 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine that makes 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque. That’s good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 7.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 230 km/h. Moving one up is the Cayenne Diesel with a 3.0-litre V6 oil burner that makes 245 hp and 550 Nm of torque, allowing the 2,185 kg SUV to sprint to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 221 km/h.

Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid (8)

The picture above is a 3.0-litre petrol V6 unit nestled under the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s bonnet that, together with an electric motor make for a combined output of 416 hp and 590 Nm of torque. This plug-in hybrid SUV shares the same powertrain as the Panamera S E-Hybrid, and works its way from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Top speed is 243 km/h.

Next up is the Cayenne S and GTS, both of which share the same 3.6-litre V6 engine. In the S, the turbocharged mill makes 420 hp and 550 Nm of torque, whereas the GTS gets tuned to make 440 hp and 600 Nm of torque – an increase of 20 hp and 50 Nm. That translates to a 0 to 100 km/h sprint of 5.5 seconds for the S and 5.2 seconds for the GTS, and both max out at 259 km/h and 262 km/h respectively.

Porsche Cayenne GTS (2)

If the earlier diesel engine doesn’t give you quite the excitement you’d expect from Porsche, then look to the S Diesel’s way because this 4.2-litre turbodiesel V8 makes 385 hp at 3,750 rpm and a whopping 850 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 2,750 rpm. It’s also the second fastest Cayenne of the current lot, managing the century sprint in 5.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 252 km/h.

As mentioned earlier, the order books are open now for customers nationwide. While you’re at it, be sure to drop by their newest showroom in Sungai Besi where the RM7 milion 918 Spyder is on display.


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Porsche Cayenne 3.6L V6

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S Diesel 

Porsche Cayenne GTS


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