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2011 Porsche Cayenne details released

 

The SUV will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week

The second-generation Porsche SUV is set to go on sale in Europe in May, offering more room, improved technology and a reduction in weight and fuel consumption.

The new Cayenne S Hybrid features a parallel hybrid drive system that combines a supercharged 333hp 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine with a 47hp electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries. Either the supercharged V6 or electric motor can operate independently or together. The hybrid is capable of short all-electric drives at speeds up to 64kmh.

Porsche claims that the petrol Cayennes are 23% more fuel-efficient than the current range on average, although no official fuel economy figures have been released.

The base Cayenne with a 3.6-litre V6 engine will get 300hp, while the Cayenne S gets 400hp from its 4.8-litre V8 engine. The Cayenne Turbo sticks with a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V8 and 500hp.

All models will be offered with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission as standard. A stop-start system and thermal management of the engine and transmission are also set to help improve fuel economy.

The new Cayenne weighs on average 180kg less than its predecessor, stemming from new construction processes, the increased use of aluminium and the removal of the two-speed transfer case.

In terms of size, the Cayenne is grown slightly in length and wheelbase.

Sales of the Cayenne in New Zealand begin on 24 July. Initial models to go on sale will be the Cayenne S, S Hybrid and Turbo. These will be joined later by the V6 Diesel and V6 Petrol models.

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