Porsche Cayenne 958.1 – The Story
The Completely New Cayenne Introduced in 2010
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The second-generation Porsche Cayenne was introduced as a 2011 MY update to the super successful first generation car. The 958 ran through till the 2018 model year, with the two versions known as the 958.1 and 958.2. The second generation Cayenne was built on the VW PL72 platform. Think of it as a solid update, but not revolutionary in any real way. The big change model-wise this generation was the introduction of headline-grabbing Cayenne S Hybrid, which borrowed the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 from Audi and added an electric motor for a total of 380 hp. Designwise, the Porsche new Cayenne looked smaller and fitter than the first generation. We loved the update and it finally made the Cayenne look good. The second generation Cayenne was actually larger, yet more than 500 lbs lighter. All models had more power, better acceleration and better handling.
Mechanically, the 958 has several changes. First and foremost, Porsche did away with the low range four-wheel-drive transfer case, one of the major areas that allowed them to trim weight. The 6-speed Tiptronic automatic was replaced with an 8-speed unit, while a manual transmission remained only available on the Cayenne base model. Power is up on all models, but the bread-and-butter Cayenne S was still V8-based, its engine also shared by the Porsche Panamera. There were also two new engines introduced to the 958.1 Cayenne Model range, an Audi-sourced 3.0T supercharged V6 with hybrid, and a 3.0 TDI diesel engine, which like the 3.0T is an engine also shared with the Audi Q7.
The interior is a big step up over the 955/957 in terms of modern looks and aesthetics, but core features are similar with power front seats, windows, locks, 60/40 folding rear seats, and leather seating surfaces. Porsche continued to offer an ever-increasing number of options for the Cayenne, with the majority being aesthetic. Other options offered things like bi-Xenon headlights, PASM suspension, park assist, and auto-dimming mirrors. Luxuries like dual-zone climate control are, of course, standard, while PDCC, PASM, and Adaptive Air Suspension are all available options.
The Cayenne was facelifted for 2015. The 958.2 Cayenne saw major changes in terms of the engine power plants, with the V8 option going away entirely on the popular Cayenne S and GTS. The replacement is a powerful and torquey twin-turbocharged 3.6 L V6, providing both better performance and improved efficiency. The Turbo and Turbo S remain the sole V8 Cayenne options, both of which still weigh in with 4.8 L of displacement and twin-turbochargers. The Cayenne S Hybrid became the E-Hybrid, with a plug-in option and florescent yellow brake calipers to easily distinguish the cutting-edge hybrid from its non-electric brethren. The interior of the 958.2 is pretty much the same as the 958.1, save for a new updated steering wheel. Likewise, all the other core components and options carry over from the earlier model, including the 8-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission as the standard and only transmission option. The manual is no longer available on the Cayenne base. The Cayenne Diesel remained on the menu until 2016.
Type: 958 (985.1 & 958.2) Generation & Chassis: Second Generation (92A) Chassis E2 / Manufacturer: Porsche AG / Platform: Volkswagen Group PL72 platform / Production Years: 2010 - 2017 / Model Years: 2011 - 2018 / Body Style: 5-Door SUV / Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive/ Engines: Gasoline - 3.0 S/C V6 333PS, 3.6 VR6 300PS, 4.8 V8 400PS / 420PS, 4.8 TT V8 500PS / 550PS, Diesel - 3.0 V6 250PS, 4.1 V8 385 PS, Hybrid - 3.0 hybrid S/C V6 380PS, 3.0 PHEV S/C / Transmission: 6-Speed ZF manual, 8-Speed Aisin TR-80SD Tiptronic S automatic / Date of unveil by Porsche AG: 2010 February 25, Turbo S 2012 October 12 / Premiere: 2010 March 2 at Geneva Motor Show / World market launch: 2010 May 8, Turbo S 2013 January
This graphic breaks out the very first generation of Porsche Cayenne (Type) 958.1 in terms of timelines and how to tell all the models apart. Click on the image to see it in higher definition. The Cayenne 958.1 model years ran from 2010 till 2014.
Porsche stuck with the same model lineup for the second generation Porsche Cayenne. The base Cayenne and Cayenne S were the top sellers as expected, while the Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S remained the premium offerings. Our favorite Cayenne (The GTS) was back again, the perfect balance of sporty and fun. The absolute highlight of this new generation is the world debut of the Cayenne S Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment.
This graphic breaks out the very first generation of Porsche Cayenne (Type) 958.2 in terms of timelines and how to tell all the models apart. Click on the image to see it in higher definition. The Cayenne 958.2 model years ran from 2014 till 2018 MY.
While the Cayenne 955, 957 and 958.1 had permanent 4WD, from 958.2 the drive force was sent to the front axle only when the rear wheels lost grip, like in the 4-wheel-drive 911. This meant the Cayenne finally became a road car and the off-road image was left behind. Model-wise, things stayed basically the same.
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