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 |  Feb 24 2012, 12:01 PM

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Porsche may have made a serious mistake in hiring an ex Wile E. Coyote illustrator to assemble their Cayenne SUVs. Sure it’s funny to see the sneaky canine’s eyes pop out, but there’s nothing funny about that happening to your car.

Jokes aside, more than 20,000 Porsche Cayennes from the 2011-12 model year, including the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S hybrid and Cayenne Turbo are experiencing just that. It seems that there’s a chance your headlights might become detached during one of those athletic sprints to get the kids to a soccer game, or any time for that matter.

The recall was expected to begin on February 23, owners will be contacted by the automaker if their vehicle needs to be repaired.

GALLERY: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Feb 10 2011, 6:24 PM

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Finally, here’s the Mansory that we all know and love. Aggressive styling, loads of carbon fiber and a statement-making piece of machinery. Porsche’s 2011 redesigned Cayenne is Mansory’s newest subject and we are more than happy to grant it our seal of approval. Every aspect of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne has been overhauled by Mansory, converting the Cayenne Turbo to a real street machine, pumping out 690-hp (compared to 500-hp stock).

The additional horsepower is provided thanks to larger turbos, a reprogrammed ECU, large air intakes and a stainless steel exhaust system. In addition to the performance modifications, Mansory’s Porsche Cayenne has been outfitted with an extremely aggressive styling package sporting new front and rear bumper add-ons, side skirts and widebody fender extensions. The front end is widened about 2.36-inches while the rear sports a 3.15-inch wider stance.

Carbon fiber goods come in the form of a new hood while the exterior also sports new LED daytime running lights. In addition, Mansory offers an air suspension module to lower the vehicle 1.77-inches. Mansory can outfit the Cayenne with 21-, 22- and 23-inch rims. No pricing was announced.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Mansory 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Jun 29 2010, 3:38 PM

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Nobody likes taxes, but just like a fat refund check, Chinese taxes on displacement mean that the 2011 Porsche Cayenne V6 will ditch the 3.6L V6 that is available in other world markets, and instead get the 3.0L Supercharged V6 available on the Cayenne Hybrid and the Audi S4.

China taxes vehicles with a displacement between 3000 cc and 4000 cc at about 40 percent of their value. However the 3.0L motor actually puts out 2995, putting it in the lower 25 percent bracket, while also delivering more power and better fuel economy figures.

At this point, you’re probably wondering why Porsche doesn’t do the same thing for every other market. The truth is, the Supercharged Cayenne would probably eat into sales of the pricier (and more profitable) Cayenne S. With the majority of Cayenne buyers likely indifferent to what’s under the hood, and the eco-conscious types directed towards the Hybrid, the blown Cayenne V6 looks like it’s destined to become a model we can covet from afar for the rest of our days.

[Source: Left Lane News]

 |  Jun 14 2010, 7:36 AM

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Porsche has just announced two new entry-level versions of the all-new second-generation Cayenne SUV: a gasoline-powered V6 and a diesel. The gas model makes used of the same direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 as found in the new Panamera model, boasting 300-hp. Offered in Europe with a standard 6-speed manual transmission it can hit 62 mph in 7.5 seconds or 7.8 seconds with a new 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission – likely the standard transmission here in North America.

As for the Cayenne Diesel (likely not offered in North America), it comes with a 3.0-liter V6 with 240-hp and a 0-62 mph time of 7.8 seconds thanks to the same 8-speed auto-box.

No EPA fuel economy numbers are yet available, but based on the more generous European test cycle the new Cayenne is still likely to see a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy. This is due not only the use of direct-injection and an 8-speed transmission, but also to the significantly lighter overall weight of the luxury SUV.

GALLERY: 2011 Porsche Cayenne V6 and Cayenne Diesel

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 |  May 19 2010, 5:00 PM

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Porsche enthusiasts were up in arms when the brand launched their Cayenne SUV, but 8 years on, the car truck saved the brand from oblivion, and helped fund new, exciting models like the Panamera and the Boxster Spyder. For 2011, a more capable, more streamlined and less belligerent Cayenne is on its way and pricing has just been announced.

Porsche hasn’t issues a press release yet, but the pricing information has leaked on to its website. Starting at $46,700 for the 3.6L V6 version, the sticker rises to $63,700 for the V8 powered “S’ model, while the new hybrid, combining a supercharged 3.0 V6 and a hybrid motor and battery will run you $67,700. We predict that the hybrid will be massively popular with faux-eco types all over the world.

[Source: Porsche]

 |  Mar 24 2010, 9:18 PM

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Porsche has just announced that it will debut, for the first time on American soil, the all-new 2011 Cayenne SUV at the New York Auto Show. Several new Cayenne models will be unveiled including the Cayenne S Hybrid, the first hybrid from the legendary sports car maker.

The Cayenne S Hybrid gets a 3.o-liter V6 engine that is supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph.

On display next to the Hybrid model will be the Cayenne S with a 400-hp 4.8-liter V8 as well as the Turbo with a 500-hp twin-turbo V8. Porsche will also show the Panamera, 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the new Boxster Spyder.

We’ll be sure to bring you full details on the second-generation 2011 Cayenne models with live coverage of the New York Auto Show starting March 31st.

GALLERY: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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Report: Baby Cayenne Plans Get the Axe

Porsche feels smaller SUV could pull sales from larger, more profitable, Cayenne

 |  Mar 22 2010, 9:22 AM

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Porsche will not bring a smaller SUV to market fearing it may cannibalize sales of the popular Cayenne. According to a report by AutoCar, Porsche officials have studied the sales numbers for Audi’s Q5 and Q7 and suggest the new Q5 may be stealing away customers from the larger, more expensive SUV. The Cayenne is also a very profitable SUV, representing 50 percent of Porsche’s profits.

Porsche is hoping that the new 2011 model will cater to the needs of a more varied customer base by offering numerous engine options, including V6, V8, Turbo, Diesel and, for the first time, a hybrid model. Along with added power, the new Cayenne lineup is also lighter and more fuel efficient. The standard Cayenne is powered by a new 300-hp V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while Cayenne S models get the same 4.8-liter V8 with power upped to 400-hp. The Turbo makes 500-hp from a twin-turbo version of the 4.8-liter V8 and the Cayenne S Hybrid gets a 3.o-liter V6 engine that supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph.

Pricing and official fuel economy numbers for the new 2011 Cayenne have yet to be released but we expect to find out more when the second-gen SUV makes its North American premiere at the New York Auto Show next week.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Mar 02 2010, 4:21 AM

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Overshadowed by the launch of the 918 Spyder Concept, Porsche’s Geneva Auto Show press conference also marked the debut of the all-new 2011 Cayenne and Cayenne Hybrid. The redesign is a big improvement, giving the capable SUV a more sporty crossover look in keeping with the trend these days. It does, however, retain full SUV capability (not that anyone will use it though).

With the 918 Spyder being a hybrid, and the GT3 R being a hybrid race car, it was only fitting that the new Cayenne was also the hybrid version – the first production hybrid by Porsche.

The 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid is powered by a 3.o-liter V6 engine that supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph.

As for the rest of the 2011 Cayenne lineup, the standard model is powered by a new 300-hp V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while Cayenne S models get the same 4.8-liter V8 with power upped to 400-hp. (Acceleration in the Cayenne S should be drastically improved thanks to an overall curb weight that has been reduced by 400 lbs). As for the Turbo, it makes 500-hp from a twin-turbo version of the 4.8-liter V8.

Thanks to new technology and significantly reduced curb weights, call Cayenne models get improvements in fuel economy, most by 20 percent or more. While no specific numbers for the Cayenne S hybrid are available, Porsche says it (along with the Diesel and standard V6 Cayenne) achieves better than 23.5 mpg in the European Test Cycle.

We expect Porsche to announce Pricing in the coming weeks.

GALLERY: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Feb 25 2010, 11:26 AM

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Porsche has just released several photos and full specs on the new second-generation 2011 Cayenne SUV, ahead of its official launch at the Geneva Auto Show next week. We have to say the redesign is a big improvement, giving the capable SUV a more sporty crossover look in keeping with the trend these days. It does, however, retain full SUV capability (not that anyone will use it though).

The standard Cayenne is powered by a new 300-hp V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while Cayenne S models get the same 4.8-liter V8 with power upped to 400-hp. Acceleration in the Cayenne S should be drastically improved thanks to an overall curb weight that has been reduced by 400 lbs. As for the Turbo, it makes 500-hp from a twin-turbo version of the 4.8-liter V8.

Also bowing for 2011 is a new Cayenne S Hybrid – the brand’s first production hybrid model. Like the pre-production model we tested recently, it gets a 3.o-liter V6 engine that supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph.

Thanks to new technology and significantly reduced curb weights, call Cayenne models get improvements in fuel economy. Porsche hasn’t released fuel economy stats for the Hybrid Cayenne yet though.

The overall size of the new Cayenne has increased from the first-gen model, with a wheelbase that has been extended by 1.6-inches and a 1.9-inch longer overall length. Inside there’s plenty of Panamera-inspired updates.

We’ll be sure to bring you full details on the second-generation 2011 Cayenne at the SUV’s official debut next week at the Geneva Auto Show.

GALLERY: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Feb 18 2010, 11:30 AM

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Porsche is preparing to launch its all-new second-generation Cayenne at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, but a single image of the SUV has found its way onto the net, courtesy Porsche. That’s right, the above image was mistakenly used on Porsche’s official website, showing the second-gen Cayenne sitting amid the rest of the Porsche lineup. After the story broke, Porsche went back and removed the photo, replacing it with a similar image, but using the current Cayenne GTS. The two models don’t look all the different when examined independently, but take a close look between the two (we’ve included both below) and you’ll immediately notice a big difference.

There’s no official word on engines and transmissions, but some reports have suggested the Cayenne will get Porsche’s new 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 (just announced for the Panamera earlier this week). The Cayenne S will get a 400-hp 4.8-liter V8, while the Cayenne Turbo will get a twin-turbo version of that V8 for 500-hp. All models will get a new 8-speed PDK transmission to deliver improved acceleration and fuel economy. Also, expect a new hybrid using Audi’s supercharged 3.0-liter V6 an a lithium ion battery pack for a total of 380-hp.

AutoGuide will bring you full details on the all-new 2011 Cayenne with our Geneva Auto Show coverage starting March 2nd.

Click here for AutoGuide’s live 2010 Geneva Auto Show coverage starting Monday, March 1st.

GALLERY: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

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[Source: MotorAuthority]