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Porsche's top seller: Cayenne SUV gets more more more for 2024

2024 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. [Credit: All images courtesy of Porsche]



Porsche's top-selling vehicle for 2022 was the Cayenne, a powerful crossover that blew past the Macan model to become the brand's No. 1 offering. Porsche sold 96,800 Cayennes worldwide last year -- that's more than twice as many Cayennes as 911s sold (40,715), according to CarExpert, and just under one-third of all Porsches sold (313,721).

Porsche is sticking with a real winner and has upgraded the third generation of the Cayenne (2024) with comprehensive changes to the powertrain, chassis, design, and in-car technology. "It's one of the most extensive product upgrades in the history of Porsche," says Michael Schatzle, vice president, Product Line Cayenne.

The new Cayenne debuts with three different engines. An extensively refined twin-turbo 4-liter V8 engine developed by Porsche replaces the previous V6 engine in the new Cayenne S. With a maximum output of 468 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, the new V8 makes 34 hp and 37 lb-ft more than its six-cylinder predecessor. It accelerates both the SUV and the SUV Coupe to 60 mph in up to 4.4 sec in combination with the Sport Chrono Package. The top track speed is 169 mph. (The Cayenne Coupe sports a more rakish roofline, is 0.8 in. shorter overall, and comes equipped as a four-seater with twin bucket seats replacing the rear bench.)

The standard Cayenne comes with an optimized 3-liter V6 single-turbo engine. It now generates 348 hp and 368 lb-ft, which is 13 hp and 36 lb.-ft. more than before.

This six-cylinder engine also forms the basis for the powertrain of the Cayenne E-Hybrid. In combination with a new electric motor that now makes 174 hp, the combined output increases to 463 hp. A new high-voltage battery features increased capacity from 17.9 to 25.9 kWh. Porsche says EPA range estimates will be available shortly before launch. A new 11-kW on-board AC charger now shortens the charging time at an appropriate power source to less than two-and-a-half hours.

The Turbo GT is still the top model in the Cayenne range for the U.S. market. It is designed for maximum on-road performance with standard features such as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake, rear-axle steering, Sport Exhaust system with titanium tailpipes, and 22-in. GT Design wheels fitted with ultra-high-performance tires. It is available exclusively as a Coupe and benefits from all the optimizations and innovations of the model series. In addition, the output of the twin-turbo four-liter V8 engine of the Turbo GT has been increased by 19 hp to 650 hp. The Cayenne Turbo GT accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 sec, with a top track speed of 189 mph.

The 2024 Cayenne features a new front end combined with more athletically styled fenders, a new hood, and re-designed headlights. Three-dimensionally designed taillights and a new rear fascia with integrated license plate holder characterize the rear-end design. An expanded palette offers three new colors: Algarve Blue Metallic, Montego Blue Metallic, and Arctic Grey. The optional Lightweight Sport Package saves up to 72 lb of weight for the Cayenne Coupe.

The 2024 Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne E-Hybrid models come standard with a steel spring suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management. New shock absorbers with two-valve technology, with separate rebound and compression stages, allow for optimized performance in all driving situations. In particular, comfort at slow speeds, handling during dynamic cornering, and pitch and roll management have noticeably improved.

The driving experience can be additionally enhanced using the new optional adaptive air suspension (standard on Cayenne Turbo GT) with two-chamber, two-valve technology. This improves the driving experience with compliant suspension characteristics, and it stabilizes the vehicle for on-road and off-road handling as compared to both the standard suspension and the predecessor model. At the same time, the optional adaptive air suspension improves driving precision and performance, and reduces body movements in dynamic driving situations. The suspension also offers an even sharper differentiation between Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus driving modes.

In addition, customers can now use a comprehensive range of new and optimized assistance systems. These include the standard Active Speed Limit Assist, which takes Traffic Sign Recognition into account when using cruise control. The optional Adaptive Cruise Control has been enhanced with two new functions: Evasion Assist can help detect and support the driver in an emergency obstacle avoidance maneuver at speeds between 31 and 93 mph using targeted steering and braking inputs at speeds. The second function is Turn Assist, which helps monitor oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn at speeds up to 6 mph and brakes the vehicle to a standstill if the potential for a collision is detected.

Inside, Porsche has integrated a completely revised display and control concept into the interior of the new Cayenne. The new Porsche Driver Experience, first introduced in the Porsche Taycan, focuses on the driver and optimizes operation. Functions that the driver uses frequently are located directly on or immediately next to the steering wheel. The stalk located on the left behind the steering wheel now has additional functions for operating the driver assistance systems.

The gear selector in the new Cayenne is now on the dashboard. This makes room on the new center console for storage and a large air conditioning controller in an elegant black panel design. Large, easily accessible controls combined with manually adjustable air vent controls and a haptic volume knob ensure optimum operability and a refined look. A key feature of the new Porsche Driver Experience is the right balance between digital and analog elements.

For the first time, the redesigned cockpit of the Cayenne includes a digital 12.6-in. instrument cluster with a curved and freestanding design and variable display options. An optimized head-up display is available as an option.

A 10.9-in. display is now available for the first time for the passenger side. This displays performance data, providing separate access to the infotainment system controls and the option of streaming video content on the road. A special layer on the screen ensures that the driver cannot see this display.

The standard equipment of the 2024 Cayenne models has been significantly expanded to include Matrix Design LED headlights, Porsche Active Suspension Management, 20-in. wheels (22-in. wheels for Cayenne Turbo GT), Lane Change Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Comfort Access keyless entry, and a smartphone tray with inductive charging at up to 15 W. The new Cayenne starts at $79,200 (Coupe from $84,300), the Cayenne E-Hybrid starts at $91,700 (Coupe from $95,700), and the Cayenne S starts at $95,700 (Coupe from $102,100). The Cayenne Turbo GT has an MSRP of $196,300.

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Sources: Porsche, CarExpert (sales figures only)

Published May 2023

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