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 |  Jan 03 2011, 9:11 PM

The Porsche Cayenne is a very accomplished vehicle. Not only can it handle the rough stuff better than most SUVs, but it can also handle tarmac in ways that seems impossible for a vehicle of its girth.

So a perfect all rounder you could say. However, if you’re looking for something that performed like the Cayenne but looked sportier, you’d have previously been out of luck. Not anymore.

Merdad Design, a British tuning firm has created a 3-door version of the Cayenne and are calling it the 902 Coupe, and this model made its first public appearance at the recent MPH The Prestige & Performance Motor Show in London.

The 902 Coupe is based on a shortened version of the latest Cayenne platform, and from what we can see Merdad has done a very impressive job of phasing out the rear doors and making sure all the lines are properly aligned. It looks like something Porsche themselves had built, and that is no easy feat.

Merdad has also created an attractive body-kit for the 902 Coupe and to complete its new sportier looks, it is also available with a choice of two, 22-inch alloy wheels.

The performance specs look impressive too, with tuning on the Turbo model ranging from 550-hp to 750-hp, which is good for a 0-60 mph run in just 4.4 seconds.

As you would expect from such a tuned vehicle, the interior can be trimmed to your liking. So if you’ve been looking for something truly unique, this 902 Coupe might just be the thing for you.

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Dec 19 2010, 8:31 AM

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With Porsche‘s new Cayenne already garnering plenty of attention from the consumer market, the aftermarket has now begun churning out tuning packages for Germany’s popular sport SUV. Hamann did a fantastic job with their packages for the previous generation Porsche Cayenne, so it’s no surprise that its new rendition is one of our favorites.

Starting with the exterior, Hamann gives the Cayenne plenty more to look at with a new front add-on that gives the Cayenne an even bolder appearance. The vented hood comes in a carbon fiber variety. Onto the side and rear, Hamann side skirts are pretty run-of-the-mill, while the rear add-on consists of three-pieces, leaving ample space for a quad-tipped exhaust system.

With plenty of different wheel options available, Hamann opted to outfit their demo Cayenne with a set of 23-inch ‘Design Unique Forged Anodized’ wheels. Matched with 315/25/23 tires, the one-piece wheels are powercoated a nice black finish and they are also available in brushed aluminum.

Helping the big SUV look even lower and handle much better is a suspension kit that drops the truck 1.4-inches. As for performance, a sport exhaust system is available for the Cayenne V6 and V8 while the Cayenne Diesel has an upgraded ECU option bringing horsepower from 240-hp to 275-hp while torque goes from 405 lb-ft to 457 lb-ft.

Lastly, interior options are also available in the variety of traditional aluminum pedals, a foot rest and floor mats.

GALLERY: Hamann Porsche Cayenne 958

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 |  Oct 17 2010, 10:05 PM

Not so long ago we revealed that Merdad was working on a Porsche Cayenne coupe conversion, and now it looks like they’re introducing two renditions of the current-generation Cayenne to the world at the MPH (Prestige & Performance Motor) show.

Merdad will be showing off their new 3-door Porsche Cayenne 902 coupe alongside the Merdad 5-door rendition. No exact details have been disclosed, but they’re telling us to expect anywhere from 550-hp to 750-hp.

“We are very proud that this creation has brought together many British engineers and designers who have contributed to bringing this fantastic beast to the table. We now feel the time is right to unveil the Merdad Cayenne 902 Coupe and the Merdad 5 door to the world at MPH and are excited to see what the visitors to the show think of its unique design and unbelievable power will truly set the show and the rest of the world alight,” stated the founder and creator of Merdad.

We’ll keep an eye out for the debuts in November.

GALLERY: Merdad Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Sep 01 2010, 2:36 PM

We haven’t heard a lot out of RUF recently, making us wonder where the famed Porsche tuner has gone. But it looks like they’re just taking things nice and slowly, recently releasing a new tuner kit for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel Turbo. With two options available to the public, customers can choose from either 288-hp or 310-hp. The two kits are available for the 3.0L V6 turbo (with eight-speed Tipstronic S transmission).

For $4,875 you can have the Upgrade One package, (essentially an ECU upgrade) bumping horsepower from 240-hp to 288-hp with 428 ft-lbs of torque (22 ft-lbs increase)  to play with. The Upgrade Two package is available for an astonishing $9,245 and with that comes a modified turbocharger along with the ECU upgrade. You will however get 310-hp with 465 ft-lbs of torque.

We find the mods to be pretty extensive considering what you’re getting in return, and we’re sort of confused as to why even with a modified turbocharger and ECU reflash why it wouldn’t put out more than 310-hp. But here’s to thinking RUF is taking it conservative to keep the Cayenne Diesel fuel-efficient and reliable. What’s the fun in that?

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 |  Aug 08 2010, 4:18 PM

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Lumma Design has been busy lately, showing off its SUV creations like the BMW X6 M. Recently we also caught wind of their widebody BMW 760Li, and now joining their lineup is a rendition of Porsche‘s newest generation Cayenne.

Though hardly as extreme as the BMW counterparts, Lumma really kept things mild on the Cayenne. For aesthetics Lumma simply offers a set of headlight covers and 22-inch or 23-inch wheels. They do have a performance offering for the diesel model, enhancing horsepower from 240-hp to 276-hp and 405 ft-lbs of torque to 465 ft-lbs of torque. This D-Box can be completely retrofitted if wanted.

In addition an exhaust option is available for the diesel model for those wanting a little bit of performance and a deeper tone to their SUV. On the inside is where there’s a plethora of options, from matte aluminum sill plates to aluminum/rubber pedals and floor mats with genuine animal skin edging.

We’re hoping Lumma does more for the Cayenne in the near future, say a nice body kit or even a clean widebody. We’ll keep our eyes out.

GALLERY: Lumma Design Second Generation Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Jun 03 2010, 9:10 PM

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While Xenatec is dreaming up a Porsche Cayenne pick-up truck, Merdad is doing the opposite offering a true two-door coupe conversion for the Porsche Cayenne. Yes, you can rub those eyes again because they’re not deceiving you, this is no dream concept car.

We don’t know much about Merdad, but the company is owned by someone who worked with Uwe Gemballa for five years. Whether that’s good news or bad news now that Gemballa is defunct may be irrelevant. Merdad is based out of the United Kingdom and this two-door conversion will probably make their name known amongst Porsche enthusiasts.

The conversion will be available for first and second generation Cayennes and is fully complemented with styling accessories. A full body kit with front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wheels finish off the outside while the interior is also redone. Though there are no real concrete details, Merdad also throws in power-adders pushing the Cayenne Turbo output to 750-hp.

We’re really digging this sportier Porsche Cayenne, but the interior photo is a little underwhelming. But for anyone interested in form over function, this conversion is a must-have!

GALLERY: Merdad Porsche Cayenne Two-Door Coupe

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[Source: Cars Route]

 |  Sep 04 2009, 10:00 AM

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European coachbuilder Mansory continues to take its tuning to new excesses with an even more extreme version of the Chopster – a modified Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

With an almost completely carbon fiber body, including massively flared fenders there is also plenty of carbon fiber inside, with four carbon fiber sport seats. Plenty of work has been done under the hood as well, where the factory turbocharger have been replaced with larger ones to make no less than 710hp and 664 ft-lbs of torque. Mansory claims a top speed of 188mph, riding on an electronically adjustable suspension and a set of massive 23-inch rims.

Mansory plans to debut the new Chopster at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this month.

GALLERY: Mansory Chopster

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