Porsche Cayenne 955 (2002-2006)

Unveil of official photos: 2002 March 4
Premiere: 2002 September 25 at Paris motor show press day
Market launch: 2002 December

Porsche Cayenne 955
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MY2003 MY2004 MY2005 MY2006
Cayenne 3.2 184 kW
Cayenne S 4.5 250 kW
Cayenne Turbo 4.5 331 kW
Cayenne Turbo WLS 4.5 368 KW
Cayenne Turbo S 4.5 383 kW

Performance data

Modification Engine Gearbox kW lb-ft Nm 60 mph 100 km/h 100 mph 1 km mph km/h kg lb W/lb W/kg
3.2 3.2VR6 Volkswagen Tiptronic 6-speed 184 228 310 sec. 9.7 sec. 25.0 sec. 30.8 sec. 133 214 2170 4784 38.5 84.8
manual 6-speed 8.5 sec. 9.1 sec. 23.8 sec. 30.1 sec. 133 214 2160 4762 38.6 85.2
S 4.5V8 Porsche Tiptronic 6-speed 250 309 420 6.8 sec. 7.2 sec. 16.8 sec. 27.3 sec. 150 242 2245 4949 50.5 111
manual 6-speed sec. 6.8 sec. 16.4 sec. 27.1 sec. 150 242 2225 4905 51.0 112
Turbo 4.5V8 Porsche Tiptronic 6-speed 331 457 620 5.3 sec. 5.6 sec. 12.9 sec. 25.2 sec. 165 266 2355 5192 63.8 141
Turbo WLS 4.5V8 Porsche Tiptronic 6-speed 368 516 700 4.9 sec. 5.3 sec. 168 270
Turbo S 4.5V8 Porsche Tiptronic 6-speed 383 531 720 4.8 sec. 5.2 sec. 168 270
Weight here is DIN weight (90% of fuel, no driver, no cargo). Weight of German versions with standard equipment.


Porsche car company founder Ferry Porsche died on March 27, 1998. This opened the possibility for CEO Wendelin Wiedeking to proceed with his plans to shift Porsche from dream maker to money maker. A few months later, Wiedeking signed the contract with Volkswagen to jointly create an SUV to compete with the Mercedes-Benz ML which was launched in 1997 and the BMW X5 which was to be launched in 1999. Porsche would contribute more with the research and development tasks and Volkswagen with the production. The plan was to build two cars on the same chassis, one sold as a Porsche and the other as a Volkswagen (Audi SUV was added three years later). All the bodies were to be made at the Volkswagen factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. In order to give Porsche SUV a German touch, it's fully assembled bodies would be sent by train to Germany where the engine and the drivetrain would be installed. There was no suitable space at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, so a new location for the SUV's final assembly plant was searched for in Germany. Considering the initiatives from the local municipality and the more affordable workforce in eastern Germany compared to Stuttgart where the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche factories are, Leipzig was chosen as the place to put the foot down. The construction of the plant started on February 7, 2000.

On June 7, 2000, the Porsche SUV was named after a hot chili pepper: Cayenne.

Stephen Murkett's Porsche Cayenne drawing from 2000
Drawing from 2000 created by Stephen Murkett, the main exterior designer of the Cayenne© Stephen Murkett / Porsche

The core construction of the Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg was the same, but the D-pillar angle was different - for the Cayenne to look sportier at the back and for the Touareg to have more cargo space.

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One of the internal codes of the first Cayenne was "E1"© Porsche

While the 4-wheel-drive system in the VW Touareg has a 50/50 torque split front/rear, this makes any car understeer when driven enthusiastically, so the Cayenne got the 4WD with the bias at the back: 62% of the engine torque is sent to the rear wheels and 38% to the front wheels.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 4-wheel-drive system
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Porsche Cayenne 955 clay modelling
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The production of the V8 engines started at the Porsche's main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on December 17, 2001. Porsche's internal project number for the Cayenne V8 engine was 948. The idle speed of the 4.5-litre V8 is just 580 rpm. The V8 has integral dry-sump lubrication and water-cooled generator. The turbocharged V8 has oil spray cooling of pistons, but not the cheaper V8 S resulting in many damaged normally aspirated 4.5-litre engines. The turbochargers were manufactured by IHI. They were designed for continuous 160,000 rpm operation! In order not to exceed the maximum rpm speed, the DME control module reduces boost pressure as needed above an altitude of 2200 meters. Oil supply and oil scavenging from the turbochargers was designed to work even when driving on a 45° slope. To minimize turbo lag, the maximum boost pressure is reached at 2500 rpm. Only the Turbo version of the Cayenne can provide acceleration that matches the Porsche badge on its nose.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo prototype engine logo
Cover of the prototype Turbo engine© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 prototype winter testing
One of the early prototypes used for testing the chassis© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 prototype front end
Early prototype© Porsche

The Cayenne is equipped with the reduction gear - it is the equipment that makes the car a real off-roader. For example, the Mercedes ML and BMW X5 didn't have it. The gear reduction ratio in the Cayenne is 2.7, which means that at the same engine speed (rpm), the vehicle speed is reduced by 2.7 times in all gears. The reduction gear is designed for off-road use, but it doesn't give any benefits if the car is equipped with normal tyres. Using reduction gear with street tyres on loose soil even makes the situation worse - the car will dig in as it has enormous wheel torque, but no grip. If you don't have off-road tyres, better don't use the reduction gear on slippery surface (sand, for example). On the contrary, to wiggle out, use the raw power and speed in normal transmission mode. The reduction gear can be used also when pulling a boat with the trailer our from the water - with the reduction gear engaged, the car moves very slowly, so the process is better controlled.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 prototype crossing a river
Prototype crossing the river. Cayenne's wading depth is at least half a meter. To protect the interior, the Cayenne has its door seals doubled - the seals are on the doors as well as on the body.© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 prototype front end
Offroad testing with a prototype© Porsche

To shorten the off-road braking distance, the off-road ABS briefly blocks the front wheels. The resultant wedge effect in front of the wheels assists the braking. The off-road ABS operates only when the car is in reduction gear and drives straight with a speed below 31 mph/50 km/h. If the steering wheel is turned, the off-road ABS is automatically switched off to maintain steering capability. With low range selected and at speeds below 21 mph/35 km/h, braking is performed with a delay. The advantage of this is that when driving downhill on loose ground with turned wheels, the cornering force is not lost through further free-rolling wheels.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 prototype testing
More testing. The car seems to be ready for production, just that there's camouflage on the headlamps and the Porsche badge is covered with black tape like on all prototypes.© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 prototype testing
Check the rear lamps on this test car © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 crash testing
Crash testing© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 crash testing
Excellent results at crash testing - the front of the car absorbs the impact leaving the passenger compartment intact. Note the classic 5-spoke wheel design which didn't go into production.© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 air bags
Front airbags, front side airbags (green) and full length curtain airbags© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 interior electronics
Electronic components of the cockpit on the demo/training/showcase car© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 assembly
Here the transmission is mated to the V8 engine which was built in Stuttgart and shipped to Leipzig© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 assembly in Leipzig
The bodies were assembled at the Volkswagen factory in Bratislava and shipped to Leipzig for the installation of the drive train. This simple work could have been done at the VW factory in Slovakia, but for marketing reasons it was important to install the engine and chassis parts at the Porsche site in Germany.© Porsche

The photos of the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo were unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March 2002, but the real unveiling had to wait for half a year more.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 in front of Leipzig factory customer building
Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S in front of the Porsche Leipzig customer center (not to be confused with the Porsche Center Leipzig that's 1,5 km away)© Porsche
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Porsche Leipzig
Porsche Leipzig: the plant plus on- and off-road demo drive tracks for the customers. The "UFO" is the customer welcoming center with a conference room, restaurant, Porsche Selection shop and garages for the new cars that customers opted to pick up at the factory.© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 assembly in Leipzig
Porsche Leipzig final assembly plant© Porsche

The Cayenne was shown to the press on September 25, 2002, and from September 28 to the guests of the Paris motor show.

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Porsche Cayenne unloaded for the 2002 Paris motor show
2002 September, one of the Cayennes unloaded for the Paris motor show© Porsche

Standard equipment was generous in the Turbo version (air suspension, navigation, Bose sound system and other goodies), but the Cayenne S was rather simply equipped. In Europe it didn't even have cruise control in standard equipment. The Cayenne was the first Porsche available with the speed-dependent Servotronic power steering. This means that the steering is light at low speeds and therefore the car is easier to park. Cayenne was also the first Porsche to feature a foot-operated parking brake. In addition to the gas tank lid, the glove box and even the sun-moon-roof were included in the central locking system.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 air transport
2002 December, demo cars shipped to USA on board of An-124 © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 air transport
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Porsche Cayenne 955 transport on the train
Finished cars shipped by train from Porsche Leipzig to the port for overseas transport© Porsche

A year after the introduction of the 4.5-litre V8 Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, the base version Cayenne was introduced. It was equipped with the 3.2-litre VR6 VW engine. The bodies were already built by Volkswagen and now, when equipped with the VW engine, there wasn't much left of the Porsche, just the badge and the design.

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Porsche Cayenne engines: 3.2V6, 4.5V8 S, 4.5V8 Turbo
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Porsche Cayenne 955 engine power curves, 3.2V6, 4.5V8, Turbo
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Porsche Cayenne 955 brakes: 3.2V6, 4.5 S, Turbo
Front brakes of Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo Photos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne

The performance of the VW-engined 2.2-ton SUV was miserable - the acceleration from zero to 100 km (62 mph) took 9.7 seconds with the Tiptronic gearbox. In Europe, manual transmission was available for the Cayenne 3.2 and the Cayenne S which made them a bit better performance wise. When the Cayenne S was equipped with the manual transmission, its V8 rpm limiter was raised from 6500 to 6700 rpm. Cayennes with the manual gearbox have the Porsche Drive-Off Assistant that supports the moving off process when on uphill (the car is not moving backwards when you work with the clutch pedal).

Available from the end of 2003, the Advanced Off-Road-Equipment Package included rear differential lock, disengageable anti-roll bars, side-sill protection, steel plate underfloor protection around the radiator and the second tow loop. The anti-roll bars can be disconnected only in the low range mode and they reconnect automatically as soon as the vehicle speed exceeds 31 mph/50 km/h. With the anti-roll bars disengaged, the PSM Porsche Stability Management cannot be switched off.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 disengageable anti-roll bars
Disengageable anti-roll bars are needed for serious off-road driving© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 disengageable anti-roll bars
This is how the optional disengageable anti-roll bars work© Porsche

From December 2004, the performance of the Cayenne Turbo could be increased with the 368 kW (493 SAE hp/500 DIN hp) factory power kit (option code E81). The WLS (WerksLeistungsSteigerung, factory power increase) engine came with larger intercoolers and bigger brakes. The Cayenne Turbo WLS was the most powerful Porsche in production after the Carrera GT supercar. A year later, the WLS was topped with even more powerful Cayenne Turbo S with 383 kW (513 SAE hp/521 DIN hp).

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Porsche Cayenne S and Turbo (955 generation)
Cayenne 3.2 and S look the same, Turbo's nose and exhaust pipe ends are different© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo
Air suspension rised up© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 front end protection
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Silver Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo
Matt silver grilles (option code AAB)© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne S (955 generation)
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Porsche Cayenne 955 headlamps, halogen and xenon
Halogen headlamp and xenon headlamp (standard on Turbo, optional on 3.2 and S). Note the different shapes of the headlamp washer covers.Photos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 with roof rack and cargo box
Allowed roof burden is 100 kg (220 lb)© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 with roof rack and bicycle holder
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo with SportDesign kit
SportDesign body kit incl. side skirts (option 2D1) and 20" SportTechno wheels partially painted in car color (option CT1)© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo towing a trailer with 911
Towing a trailer is an easy job for the 4.5V8 bi-turbo Cayenne© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 with panorama roof
The optional panorama roof comprises a lot of parts which means it makes noises© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo with boat trailer
Cayenne Turbo pulls the boat out from the water with ease. With the reduction gearbox engaged (low speed gears), the process is controlled with precision. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 towing a trailer with a 356 Cabriolet
The Cayennes have the towing capacity of 3500 kg (7700 lb)© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 front turn blinker
Interestingly, there's a blinker also inside the wheel well and although it might get dirty, it's a pretty cool ideaPhotos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 on the off-road track
Thanks to PTM Porsche Traction Management, every wheel is controlled separately and it is not a problem if one of them is not on the ground - the power is directed to the opposite wheel© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 on the beach with kite flier
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Porsche Cayenne 955 top view
Cayenne S without sun-moon-roof© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo top view, doors open
Cayenne Turbo can be told by the front lid design© Porsche
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Silver Porsche Cayenne 955 on the snow
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Silver Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo
The air suspension can be used in the highest off-road position at the speed of up to 19 mph/30 km/h. When the speed gets higher, the suspension is automatically lowered a bit, into lower off-road position where it stays until the speed is not higher than 50 mph/80 km/h. © James Herne
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Silver Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo
The air suspension in the lowest position. This "loading position" is not designed for driving, so the car raises itself a bit when you start driving. Note the optional rocker protection and wheel arch extensions.© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 wheels, 17
Wheels: 17" Cayenne, 18" Cayenne S, 18" Cayenne TurboPhotos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 wheels, 19
Wheels: 19" Cayenne Design, 20" SportDesign, 20" SportTechnoPhotos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 keyless entry door handle
With the optional keyless system, the door handles have buttons to close the central locking when leaving the car© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 sun-moon-roof
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Porsche Cayenne 955 roof rails
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo with SportDesign body kit
Optional SportDesign body kit and 10" wide rear wheels (standard on Turbo S)© Porsche
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Dark blue metallic Porsche Cayenne 955 with wheels painted in body color
19" Cayenne Design wheel spokes painted in car color (option CP7) and optional "sports" tailpipes (0P3)© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo in the snow, with snow boarder
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Porsche Cayenne 955 near waterfall
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo with full size spare wheel mounted on rear end
Full size spare wheel mounted on the rear of the car (option 1G3)© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo with full size spare wheel mounted on rear end
This visually interesting option was discontinued as it made the access to the trunk difficult and the car heavier© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne with full size spare wheel mounted on the rear of the car
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Porsche Cayenne S and Turbo (955 generation)
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Porsche Cayenne 955 doors and rear hatch open
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo S rear hatch window open
The rear hatch window opens separately (standard feature on all versions)© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne Turbo S logo
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Porsche Cayenne 955 parking camera
Optional reversing camera Photos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 top rear view
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Silver Porsche Cayenne 955
If you wonder, why the front and the rear of the car has two lug holes - up to 3000 kg (6600 lb) can be towed using one lug, and up to 5500 kg (12.000 lb) when using two lugs © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne spare wheel carrier
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Porsche Cayenne with spare wheel carrier
As can be seen, the access to the trunk is not comfortable with the rear spare wheel carrier which has to be moved away before the rear hatch can be opened© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne Turbo with spare wheel carrier
The spare wheel cover is a Porsche Tequipment item© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo
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Porsche Cayenne 955, golf equipment
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Porsche Cayenne 955 on the beach
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Porsche Cayenne 955
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Porsche Cayenne 955 brakes glowing red
Brake discs glowing red - the biggest enemy of the Cayenne is its weight © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear hatch and openable rear window
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With the air suspension, ground clearance can be adjustedPhotos © Porsche, animation by James Herne

Ground clearance

Steel springsAir suspension
273 mm Special off-road levelWhen the speed of 19 mph/30 km/h is exceeded, the car is automatically lowered.
243 mm Off-road levelIf a speed in excess of 50 mph/80 km/h is reached, the system automatically lowers to Normal level. With the reduction gear engaged, it is possible to remain in Off-Road level up to 62 mph/100 km/h.
217 mm with Tiptronic 217 mm Normal level
193 mm with manual
190 mm Low levelThis level can be manually selected and used as a default level instead of Normal level. When the speed is higher than 78 mph/125 km/h, Low level is activated automatically (when the speed drops below 25 mph/40 km/h, Normal level is resumed if it was selected previously).
(179 mm Special low level)Above 131 mph/210 km/h, the vehicle is lowered to Special Low level. When speed drops below 105 mph/170 km/h, Low level is resumed.
157 mm Loading levelIf the vehicle is moving at a speed greater than 3 mph/5 km/h, an automatic change to Low or Normal level is made depending on which was selected previously.

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Porsche Cayenne 955 panorama roof
The panoramic roof is not as problem free as you would expect Photos © Porsche, compiled by James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 panorama
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Porsche Cayenne 955 with panoramic glass roof
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100.000th Porsche Cayenne
The 100.000th Cayenne assembled in June 2005 was a Prosecco Metallic Turbo ordered by a German customer© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 crossing a small river
Officially approved fording depth is 19.6"/500 mm with steel springs and 21.8"/555 mm with air suspension in the highest position. That's about the level where the license plate is. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 in savanna
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo rally driving
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo in rallye drift
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Porsche Cayenne 955 door panel in beige
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Bose speaker cover
Bose sound system was standard on Turbo, optional on 3.2 and S © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 and 957 seat adjustment panel
Seat adjustment panel version that was standard on Turbo and optional for others includes lumbar support adjustment, seat belt height adjustment and seat position memory © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955/957 ceiling without sun-moon-roof
No sun-moon-roof © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo alcantara ceiling
Alcantara ceiling of the Cayenne Turbo. Note the double sun visors that were standard in all versions. © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955/957 panorama roof
Panorama roof © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 grey interior
The top of the dashboard and door panels are Steel Gray and the lower areas Stone Gray© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne with green interior
Palm Green interior suits an off-road car, but customers didn't order it, so the green interior was dropped © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 carbon interior parts
Expensive carbon fibre interior parts: steering wheel, gear lever, centre console cover, centre console grab handles and door grab handles, dashboard trim strip© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 keyless
When the car is equipped with Keyless Entry, there is a plastic "key" in the ignition lock socket © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 beige steering wheel with wood
Steering wheel buttons for the audio system and telephone were a paid option. Heating was not available for wooden or carbon fibre steering wheels, although the automatic steering wheel heating is so nice in the winter. The trip odometer, upon reaching 9999 km or 6213 miles, resets to zero.© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Tiptronic button on steering wheel
The minus button can be used before a take over - just push a couple of gears down before you floor the gas pedal. In a few seconds the transmission goes back to automatic mode (considering it was in automatic mode before you pushed the button). © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 V6 instrument cluster
Cayenne 3.2 © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne S (955/957) instrument cluster
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Porsche Cayenne 955 instrument cluster
Cayenne Turbo © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 dashboard
Standard steering wheel does not have the multifunction buttons. Note the steering wheel airbag module, which has three grooves on top. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 ceiling button panel
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Porsche Cayenne 955 ceiling button panel (car with panorama roof)
In the middle is the control for the panorama roof and the sun shade, on the left are the SOS-button and the button for switching off the parking assistant (for example when driving in the snow fall), on the right are three memory slots for gates or garage doors (it should be mentioned that the system does not recognise all the electric door/gate manufacturers). © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 navigation screen and parking heater
Optional parking heater can be seen © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Tiptronic transmission lever and air suspension buttons
Air suspension adjustment buttons are standard on Turbo and optional on thers © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 manual transmission stick
Note the wide buttons of the single-zone manual air conditioning system in the Cayenne 3.2. Reduction gearbox was standard on all models (note the rotary switch). Reduction gearbox is what makes a SUV an off-roader. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 manual transmission stick
Manual transmission was not available for the Cayenne Turbo © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 centre console
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Porsche Cayenne 955 centre console buttons
On the left: activator of the central differential lock and reduction gear came as standard on all cars. The lamp of the optional rear differential lock is there also on all cars, but it won't lit up if you don't have the ultra rare rear differential lock.
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Porsche Cayenne 955 telephone
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Porsche Cayenne 955 beige interior
When beige interior was ordered, it came with a bit darker Havana Beige on top of the dashboard and door panels, but those panels could be optionally ordered in Sand Beige like the seats. It wasn't a wise decision though as lighter dashboard means more reflections on the windscreen. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 sun visors
Double sun visors is one of the best standard features of the Cayenne. Note the small sun visor above the mirror! © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955/957 steering wheel position adjustment buttons
With the electric steering wheel position adjustment, it can be adjusted in/out over a range of 2"/50 mm and up/down over a range of 1.6"/40 mm. The separate button on the right is used to activate or deactivate the automatic movement of the seat and the steering wheel when the driver exits or enters the car. © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 carbon fibre steering wheel, gear lever, grab handles, dashboard trim strip
Carbon fibre material originates from aviation and motorsport © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 beige interior, dashboard
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Porsche Cayenne 955/957 wooden grab handles
Optional wooden grab handles, gear lever and center console cover
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Turbo S
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Porsche Cayenne green interior
Very rare Palm Green interior and optional soft ruffled seat centres © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear door panel
Rear door with optional curtain and rare wooden cover on door handle
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Porsche Cayenne gray rear seat
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Porsche Cayenne air pump hose under the rear seat
Cars with air suspension came with the air pump hose which you can usually find under the left rear seat © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955/957 air hose
The air pump hose can be screwed into the socket in front of the front passenger seat, so you can pump the tyres of the car itself, of a bicycle or inflate a mattress. Cool!© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear bottle holder
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear climate control console
Rear console of the optional 4-zone climate control system© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear door curtain
Optional door curtain is operated manually© Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955/957 ski bag
Ski bag was a standard item on early cars, but then became a paid option© James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear trunk
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Porsche Cayenne 955 trunk
Passenger protection cargo net (sometimes called dog net) was initially a standard item and later became optional © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear seat folded down
Large cargo area © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 rear seat folded down
The rear seat system is not very smart - in order to fold the backrest down, first the headrests have to be removed manually. The photo shows where the headrests can be stowed. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne 955 electric trailer hitch button
Button of the optional electrically folding trailer hitch (not available in USA) © Porsche
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Porsche Cayenne rear hatch closing button
Button of the optional electrically operated rear hatch © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne 955 Bose subwoofer versions
Bose subwoofers. On the left is the early version which didn't leave any room for the optional spare tyre. In the middle (and on the right under the spare wheel) is the newer style Bose subwoofer. The silver cylinder is the pressure tank of the air suspension. © James Herne
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Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.5 V8 engine
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Engine and transmission codes

CayenneCayenne SCayenne Turbo
Engine codeM02.2YM48.00M48.50
Tiptronic codeA48.20A48.00A48.50
Manual gearbox codeG48.20G48.00

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3.2-litre engine gasket
This is the shape of the head gasket of the 3.2-litre Volkswagen engine. As you can see, it is not really a V6, but a VR6 engine. VR means it is somewhere between a V-engine and an inline engine. The VR engines have a single head gasket, like inline engines. The angle of the V is just 15 degrees.

Brake disc sizes

CayenneCayenne SCayenne TurboCayenne Turbo WLS / Turbo S
Brake disc diameter, front 330 mm 350 mm 350 mm 380 mm
Brake disc diameter, rear 330 mm 330 mm 330 mm 358 mm


Cayenne S Titanium


At the end of the production, Cayenne S Titanium Edition was for offered in USA. It was just a cosmetic edition, and controversial one - most of the "Titanium" cars were Pure Red like fire engines. In addition to red, the car was available in cool light blue Iceland Silver metallic, Sea Blue metallic and non-metallic black. The interior had two-tone seats, black in the middle and beige or gray at the edges. The door panels and dashboard were in matching 2-tone color scheme.

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Red Porsche Cayenne S Titanium edition
Cayenne S Titanium Edition (build code E16) in Pure Red© Porsche
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Red Porsche Cayenne S Titanium edition
Titanium metallic radiator grille (6KE), Titanium metallic window trim (QJ5), 19" Cayenne Design wheel centres painted in Titanium metallic (CW3)© Porsche
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Door sill of the red Porsche Cayenne S Titanium edition
Door sill guards with the edition name © Porsche

Cayenne ambulance car


15 trainees of Porsche AG created a Cayenne 955 S ambulance vehicle for the factory use.

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Porsche Cayenne ambulance
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Porsche Cayenne ambulance
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Porsche Cayenne ambulance
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While the Cayenne model year typically changes in June, the 2007 model year was not started and the 2006 model year was extended from June 2005 until the end of 2006. 150,371 units of the Cayenne 955 were made between 2002 and 2006.

In December 2006, the production of the facelift version, the 957, started.


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Cayenne 955 User Manual (2004 model year)

2/2003 · English

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2006 model year

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