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New Cayenne now available as a plug-in hybrid

Porsche is expanding its range of hybrid models with the introduction of the new Cayenne E-Hybrid, which combines the best driving dynamics in its class with maximum efficiency. A three-litre V6 engine (340 hp/250 kW) combines with an electric engine (136 hp/100 kW) to generate system power of 462 hp (340 kW). The maximum torque of 700 Nm is already available just above idling speed; with a boost strategy adopted from the 918 Spyder supercar. The model accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 5.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 253 kilometres per hour. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive up to a distance of 44 kilometres and a speed of 135 kilometres per hour on electricity alone. The average consumption in the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), depending on the set of tyres used, is 3.4 – 3.2 l/100 km of fuel and 20.9 – 20.6 kWh/100 km of electricity. Alongside the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of comfort and assistance systems for the entire Cayenne series with additional options such as the new head-up display, massage seats and 22-inch light metal wheels.


462 horsepower system power with 918 Spyder boost concept

The next stage in Porsche’s journey towards e-mobility is the Cayenne E-Hybrid. While the performance of the combustion engine moderately improves on its predecessor by 7 hp (5 kW) to 340 hp (250 kW), the performance of the electric engine is now over 43 per cent higher at 136 hp (100 kW), therefore generating a combined 462 hp (340 kW) output. The boost strategy derived from the 918 Spyder supercar is a new addition. It ensures that the electric engine can be used in all the standard Sport Chrono Package driving modes for an additional performance boost. This means the maximum system torque becomes available as soon as you press the accelerator pedal. Depending on the driving situation and performance requirements, drivers can continue to draw on the boost torque across the entire range of speeds. This leads to a more agile and superior driving experience. The extent of the boost support and battery charging during the journey depend on the driving mode. In the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes, virtually all of the battery’s energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required for a new boost. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency.

Battery capacity has improved significantly in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, along with the distance on electricity and the boost reserves: in comparison to the previous model, capacity increased from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh – an increase of up to 30 per cent. The fluid-cooled battery, stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, consists of eight cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each. Within 7.8 hours, the high-voltage battery is charged fully via a 230-volt connection with ten amps. If the optional 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger and a 230-volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6-kilowatt charger, the battery is ‘filled up’ again after only 2.3 hours.

hybrid module and rapid switching Tiptronic S

Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s drive train. The hybrid module consists of a highly-integrated combination of electric engine and separating clutch. In contrast to the previous electro-hydraulic system with the spindle actuator, the separating clutch is operated electromechanically, which ensures even faster reaction times. The transmission acquires the new Tiptronic S, newly developed for the entire Cayenne range with eight speeds. The automatic gearbox not only offers even more comfortable and smoother starting but also significantly speeds up switching. Interruption of tractive force during switching processes has also been reduced further.

Active hang-on all-wheel drive and 3.5 ton trailer load

With Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Cayenne E-Hybrid has an active hang-on all-wheel drive with an electronically regulated, map-controlled multiplate clutch. With its broad range of torque distribution, the system offers clear benefits in terms of driving dynamics, agility, traction control and off-road capabilities. Thanks to the brand new chassis, Cayenne E-Hybrid offers the same sports car driving dynamics as all models of the new Cayenne generation. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available as standard. Optional features include the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system and a trailer connection for loads of up to 3.5 tonnes.

New options: head-up display and 22-inch light metal wheels

With the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of assistance systems and optional features for the entire series with a variety of innovations. For the first time, head-up display is available in a Porsche. It projects all the relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of vision. Other new features now available in the Cayenne include massage seats, a heated windscreen and 22-inch light metal wheels.

Market launch and pricing

First deliveries of the new Cayenne E-Hybrid will arrive in October 2018. Pricing and market specifications for Lebanon are soon to be announced.


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The All-New Porsche Cayenne 2018 from Fujairah to Oman

The story of the Porsche Cayenne began about 15 years ago. In 2002, Porsche unveiled the first generation of Cayenne, which shocked the world at that time as the first sporty luxurious SUV. The Cayenne sales have surpassed the 770,000 units, creating a new boom in the automotive world and an unparalleled success story in the automotive industry. Now, after the launch of the third generation of Cayenne, the Cayenne is ready to complete the chapters of this success story.

We heard a lot about the new Porsche Cayenne and we saw it at Dubai International Motor Show however the driving experience was completely different and exceeded our expectations.

We started our journey on the Cayenne 2018 from early morning just after sunrise from the Emirate of Fujairah, one of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, heading towards the Sultanate of Oman. But before we dive in the details of our long awaited trip and feel the rush of the driving experience, admiring the exterior is a must to better understand the new philosophy adopted by the German manufacturer in his All-New 2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV.


On the platform level, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne was built on a completely new and bigger platform that contributes significantly in increasing the cabin space without oversizing the exterior of the SUV and also contributes greatly in weight reduction despite the presence of a large number of new electronic systems, in addition to being one of the main new factors in maintaining balance and stability while driving. As for the exterior design, the All-New 2018 Cayenne was influenced big time by the traditional successful design of the Cayenne’s previous generations. However, in a quick comparison between the new and previous generations, you can clearly notice the difference on the front of the SUV with bigger bumper vents, a prominent and more elevated hood, adoption of LED headlights and more. Moving to the rear, where the change is undoubtedly dedicated to the New Cayenne, the German manufacturer adopted a Panamera-inspired LED integrated Taillight belt which I personally loved the way it gives the Cayenne its elegance and futuristic design. In addition to the other elements inspired by the sporty design of the 911 such as the new adaptive roof spoiler, the first of its kind in the category of SUV, among other items. In short, the all-new Cayenne became a car that combines the Panamera’s elegance, the 911’s sportiness and the SUV capabilities.

Moving on to the inside of the All-New Cayenne 2018 and as soon as we entered the cabin, we were impressed by the materials used and the layout of controls. The Cayenne reflected its trio design of being at the same time a Panamera, a 911 and a Cayenne. The super comfortable leather seats of the Panamera coped with the one-piece front seat design inspired by the 911 and the wide space of an SUV was even more sporty and stylish. The Piano Black centre console with the elimination of the buttons and moving the controls into the 12.3-inch screen was a true reflection of the new identity and philosophy of the German manufacturer Porsche in elegance and sportiness. The Cayenne placed the driver as the centre of attention, giving him full control over the functions of the car in a safe and convenient layout, and to top it, the Porsche engineers implemented the “Porsche Management System” PCM – to create the perfect link between the driver and the car.

Seated comfortably inside the Porsche Cayenne, we set off on our journey from Fujairah to Oman where we started driving at first on paved roads and got the chance to unleash the Cayenne S powered by a 2.9-liter V6 Twin turbocharged engine producing 440 horsepower coped with the new 8-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. The push and the rush we’ve got gave us a sense of power, especially after setting the driving mode on “Sport +” located on the multi-functional steering wheel, but the real sense of speed and adrenaline rush was indescribable when we pressed the “Sport Response Button”, the Cayenne screamed with all its force for twenty seconds, giving us the sense of speed and driving sensation of a race track. Moreover, and as the Cayenne is also a car inspired by the luxury sedan, it is necessary to mention the complete comfort during the driving experience on the paved roads in addition to sound insulation from outside the car for further comfort and luxury. It is worth mentioning that the SUV also comes in two additional trims besides the Cayenne S: ” The Cayenne Turbo” that comes with an eight-cylinder Twin-Turbo producing 550 hp and capable of reaching 0 to 100 km / h in about 4 seconds and a maximum speed of 286 km / h and the Cayenne base version with a turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine generating 340 horsepower.

The Cayenne is also equipped with a large number of advanced systems that contribute significantly to the driving comfort on all types of roads and speeds in terms of suspension, brakes and electronic systems such as 4D Chassis Control, PDCC and Rear Axle Steering in addition to the three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB), which both appear for the first time on any vehicle.

Our journey on the paved roads came to an end as we entered the rugged track in Oman. The driving style changed from normal driving to the off-road mode. Even the Off-road mode has several driving styles that allows the un-experienced driver to enjoy a hassle-free and safe off-road adventure. Our selection of Gravel driving mode was suitable for the nature of the roads we were experiencing.

We ended our off-road trip after more than four hours of comfortable driving despite the rocky nature of the mountain passageways we were cruising. We were truly impressed with the capabilities of this sporty yet elegant machine. On our journey back home, we were able to enjoy the sophisticated entertainment system of the Cayenne “Porsche Connect” and the intelligent AI voice command function that allow the driver to always be connected and put a wide range of services at the driver’s fingertips, all contributing to ease the burden of any long journey.

Finally, we can say that the Porsche Cayenne has exceeded all expectations in its segment and has laid new trends that determine the path to follow when designing a luxury SUV.



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New Porsche Cayenne premiered at Dubai International Motor Show

Today at the opening of the region’s biggest automotive event, the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS), Porsche revealed four new models for the first time in the Middle East. The brand’s sports car showcase featured the latest generation Cayenne, as well as the all-new Panamera Sport Turismo, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the limited edition 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Alongside the model debuts, Porsche Works Driver and newly crowned FIA WEC Driver’s Champion in the LMP1 category, Earl Bamber was in attendance to highlight how the brand’s motorsport achievements are helping create the sports car of the future.

Deesch Papke, Chief Executive Officer at Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, commented: “Our aim at this year’s event is to once again reiterate how and why Porsche builds the best sports cars in every segment. Although all four models revealed today differ in size and shape, they all share the same impressive Porsche performance and iconic design DNA that have become synonymous with our brand. The eagerly anticipated new generation of the Cayenne for example takes an already successful four-door sports car to even greater heights. I am certain our customers and enthusiasts will be impressed by how our engineers have created a dynamic SUV, with offroad capabilities and outstanding levels of comfort, coupled with innovative assistance systems.”

With more than 770,000 units of previous generations sold worldwide, the arrival of the third generation Cayenne has been highly anticipated. Combining typical Porsche performance, design and versatility, the latest Cayenne range features up to 65 kilograms of weight savings, along with innovative chassis systems, wider rear tyres and rear-axle steering. Going off-road is now even easier, as the driver can choose between five pre-programmed drive and chassis modes, depending on the terrain. A completely new interior showcases the Porsche Advanced Cockpit concept, which creates an even closer link between driver and vehicle. Virtually all the vehicle functions in this fully networked SUV can be viewed and operated using the high-resolution display and touchscreen.

At launch, the Cayenne model range will be available in three versions that range from 340 hp to 550 hp and feature a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. Top of the model line and on the stand at this year’s DIMS, the new Cayenne Turbo delivers a maximum torque output of 770 Nm (an increase of 20 Nm) and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package.


Also on public display for the first time in the Middle East region are the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo as well as the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, highlighting the diversity of Porsche’s sports car line-up.

The Panamera Sport Turismo is the first saloon featuring three seats in the back and a completely redesigned rear exterior. A versatile and practical sports car in the luxury segment, it can accommodate five passengers and up to 520 litres of luggage. The Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, revealed at this year’s motor show, offers typical Porsche performance with an output of 440 hp and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.2 seconds, when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.

Now the most powerful saloon in the range, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid brings cutting-edge technological advancements in electric mobility to the fore. A boost strategy adapted from the 918 Spyder delivers 850 Nm of torque and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 3.4 seconds in a model that can drive up to 50 kilometres in electric mode.

Ahead of competing in the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) set to take place in Bahrain this weekend (16th – 18th November), two-time Le Mans winner Earl Bamber attended the 2017 instalment of DIMS. Discussing how Porsche utilises motorsport to develop road cars and referring to the 919 Hybrid show car on the brand’s stand, he said: “The 919 Hybrid is a phenomenal race car, not only because of its performances on track, but also because it has served as a laboratory on wheels for Porsche to develop new technologies. For example, the regenerative charging system, featured in the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, was an outcome of technology tested during racing conditions in the WEC. This approach means that ultimately the customer always benefits, and I for one am proud to be part of that process.”

During the first day of the motor show, Porsche also premiered the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, a limited edition coupé, that represents the most powerful and distinctive Turbo S to date. Intricately finished by hand at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Zuffenhausen/Germany, the 3.8-litre, six-cylinder biturbo flat engine (with an exclusive power kit) has a maximum torque of 750 Nm and a power output of 607 hp.


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Porsche to showcase four regional premieres at 2017 Dubai International Motor Show


Since Porsche’s last participation in the Dubai International Motor Show (November 2015), the brand has accomplished a range of notable milestones. This includes achieving year-on-year sales records, winning motorsport championships around the world and developing a dynamic product portfolio that now features the highly anticipated third generation of the Cayenne. Set to make its first public debut in the region at this year’s edition of the Middle East’s largest automotive event, the Cayenne is one of four regional premieres from the sports car manufacturer. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S Sport Turismo and 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series will also share the spotlight at the Dubai World Trade Centre, from 14th till 18th November.

Deesch Papke, Chief Executive Officer, Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, commented: “As always, our aim is to demonstrate the very latest innovation and developments in our product line at the Dubai International Motor Show, and this year’s event is no different. We are thrilled to reveal four new models, with each possessing true sports car credentials. Performance, design, personalisation and every day usability will be brought to life for all who visit the Porsche stand, as the current range of models represents the most diverse line-up in the brand’s history to date.”


The latest generation of the brand’s best-selling model in the Middle East, the Porsche Cayenne, will be one of the main highlights at this year’s show. Represented at Dubai International Motor Show by the Cayenne Turbo, Porsche’s flagship SUV range has evolved further and now boasts powerful turbo engines, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox and chassis systems which further enhance the spread between performance and comfort. Featuring a completely new four-litre V8 biturbo engine, the Cayenne Turbo achieves a top speed of 286 km/h and delivers 550 hp. The interior showcases the Porsche Advanced Cockpit concept, which takes the occupants’ experience of the journey to a new level, thanks to increased connectivity and intuitive controls. Meanwhile, a multitude of innovative assistant systems enhance the driver’s involvement, whether on-road or off-road.

Commenting on the brand’s SUV range, Deesch Papke added: “In the 15 years since the Cayenne was first introduced, it has become a hugely successful model – especially in this region. Part of the testing phase for the prototypes took place in the sand dunes around Dubai, and so it is only fitting that the third generation should enjoy its regional premiere here. Representing a completely new development, I can assure you that our latest SUV will not disappoint, thanks to its trademark performance and off-road capabilities.”


Porsche’s cutting-edge advancements in electric mobility will be showcased in the form of a Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which also makes its Middle Eastern debut. Combining E-performance innovation with the brand’s distinctive quality build and design, this hybrid version is the new top-performer in the Panamera range. Delivering 850 Nm of instant torque and 680 hp output, the luxury saloon achieves a zero to 100 km/h time of just 3.4 seconds.


Also on display at this year’s show, will be the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Limited to just 500 units worldwide, the model is the most powerful Turbo S to date and offers an output of 607 hp. The unique design elements and luxury details, that set this coupe apart, are intricately finished by hand at the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the brand’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany. The in-house workshop specialises in customisation as well as production of limited-edition sports cars.

Highlighting the evolution of Porsche’s design approach will be the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, a completely new interpretation of the exclusive model range. Bringing greater versatility to the luxury saloon segment, it is the first Panamera with three seats in the back and features a completely redesigned rear exterior. The new body shape of the Sport Turismo offers a large tailgate, low loading edge and increased luggage volume. The four-door sports car offers typical Porsche performance with an output of 440 hp and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.2 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono package.

A wide variety of models including the Macan, 718 Cayman and 911 GT3, as well as the show car version of the three-time Le Mans winning race car – the 919 Hybrid, will also be on display at next month’s Dubai International Motor Show.