The first Porsche Cayenne launched in 2003 and was a revelation; not only for Porsche, but for the entire luxury SUV market.
SUVs from sports car manufacturers are common today, but at the start of the new millennium there were very few options. Those that were available lacked the authentic sports car DNA synonymous with Porsche.
A new era
Early scepticism from traditional Porsche fans soon turned to praise as more Cayennes hit the road and potential owners were able to experience it for themselves. The powerful V8 not only sounded great, but provided plenty of torque for rapid acceleration and refinement for long journeys. As with any Porsche, handling was key and the Cayenne didn’t disappoint; hiding its weight and providing an engaging, sporty drive, unlike any SUV that had gone before.
Inside, typical Porsche build quality and eye-catching design was ever-present. The traditional Porsche instrument cluster with the key on the left side was carried over from the 911 range, and the very latest driver aids and satellite navigation were fitted as standard.
Five years after its introduction and after establishing itself all over the world as the ultimate performance luxury SUV, the Cayenne was updated in 2007. This revised model featured sleeker exterior styling that included streamlined headlights, bigger bumper air-scoops and daytime running lights. Under the bonnet, there were some further updates with new and improved engines. The 6-speed Tiptronic S was standard-fit for the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, while the V6 versions had a 6-speed manual option. First seen on the original Cayenne, the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) was tweaked to allow full power to the front or back if needed.
Building on the success
2010 saw the introduction of the second-generation model Cayenne; first shown at the Geneva Motor Show. Despite some uncertain economic times at the point of launch, this new model immediately caught the public’s attention and received significant interest.
Whilst still instantly recognisable as a Cayenne, the exterior was updated with rounder bodywork, headlights inspired by the Carrera GT and a sloping roofline. The interior was also heavily updated following the design language of the new Panamera with a high level centre console and the latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system.
This era also saw Porsche add further to the Cayenne models first introduced on the original; these included the new Cayenne S Diesel, Cayenne GTS models and the introduction of Hybrid models.
The Cayenne S Diesel was hugely popular for customers who wanted the typical Cayenne driving experience but with even greater efficiency for long motorway drives. The GTS model was packed with Sports car features often found on 911 models such as Alcantara interior details, lower suspension and aerodynamic bodywork. The first Hybrid Cayenne was launched in 2010 and featured a 3.0l petrol V6 combined with an electric motor. Porsche further developed the Hybrid and introduced a Plug-in Hybrid model in 2014. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid featured an all-electric range of approximately 20 miles, perfect for city use.
In 2015 the entire second-generation Cayenne range was further refined with new front and rear bumper designs, interior technology updates and new colours and wheel design options.
The current benchmark
The current generation Cayenne continues to set the standard for the luxury SUV market. Its combination of style, refinement, thrilling drive and practicality is unmatched by any other SUV. The latest model builds on the two previous generations and now offers the very latest Porsche technology and driving dynamics. Included as standard across the range are; large 12.3-inch widescreen touchscreen display, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay, 8-speed paddle shift gearbox, ParkAssist (front and rear) and Cruise control with speed limiter. Interior options such as Burmester® 3D sound system, seat massage function, Porsche InnoDrive that includes Adaptive Cruise Control and a head-up display, are all designed to keep you relaxed and safe whilst driving.
Such is the success of the Cayenne, Porsche launched a whole new body style in 2019 with the Cayenne Coupé. The Coupé offers a more raked roofline, a more steeply angled rear window and narrower rear side windows, giving it a unique stance.
Looking to stand out from the crowd? The new Cayenne GTS, Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid variants are available in both Cayenne bodystyles and pack a punch with their performance increases, larger wheels and aerodynamic exterior styling.
The Cayenne is without doubt one of the most iconic Porsche models ever produced. To experience the Cayenne for yourself, please contact us below to book a test drive.