Porsche Cayenne 958.2 (2014-2017)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: July 24, 2014, Turbo S January 12, 2015
Premiere: Boxster: September 26, 2014 Tartu Motoshow, Turbo S January 12, 2015 NAIAS
World market launch: October 11, 2014 (as 2015 model), Turbo S April 2015 (as 2016 model)

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Technical specifications Cayenne 958.2

Modification Engine kW lb-ft Nm 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lbs
Diesel RoW (Turbo 3.0) 3.0V6 Audi 180 406 552 7.2 sec. 135 217 2110 4652
Diesel Euro (Turbo 3.0) 3.0V6 Audi 193 426 580 7.3 sec. 137 221 2110 4652
Diesel S (Turbo 4.1) 4.1V8 Audi 283 625 850 5.4 sec. 156 252 2215 4883
3.6 3.6VR6 Volkswagen 220 294 400 7.3 sec. 7.7 sec. 143 230 2040 4497
CHINA (Supercharged 3.0) 3.0V6 Audi 245 324 440 6.9 sec. 149 239 2159 4760
Hybrid (Supercharged 3.0) 3.0V6 Audi 245kW 440Nm
+ el.motor 70kW 310Nm
306 434 590 5.4 sec. 5.9 sec. 151 243 2350 5181
S (Turbo 3.6) 3.6V6 Porsche 309 404 550 5.2 sec. 5.5 sec. 161 259 2085 4597
GTS (Turbo 3.6) 3.6V6 Porsche 324 441 600 4.9 sec. 5.2 sec. 163 262 2110 4652
Turbo 4.8 4.8V8 Porsche 382 551 750 4.2 sec. 4.5 sec. 173 279 2185 4817
Turbo S 4.8 4.8V8 Porsche 419 588 800 3.8 sec. 4.1 sec. 177 284 2235 4927
Weight = DIN empty weight

Premiere

Interestingly, the Cayenne 958.2 was showed a week before the 2014 Paris Motorshow at the Tartu Motoshow in Estonia.

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2014 September 26: Auto 100, the Porsche importer for Estonia premiered the 958.2 at the Tartu Motoshow© James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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Equipment

Bi-xenon headlights are standard in the base and S models. They include the four-point LED daytime running lights that are typical to the Porsches of the era. The Cayenne Turbo comes with the LED headlights. The new standard steering wheel with shift paddles is known from the 918 and the Macan. Seat ventilation can now be ordered as an option for the rear seats. The soft-close doors are available for the first time. Active cooling air flaps are now being used for the first time in the Cayenne models. They are located behind the middle air inlet and are controlled by engine management. They are opened or closed according to the specific driving situation and cooling needs; this way they adjust the air volume that is available for cooling. When they are closed they improve aerodynamics, which reduces air drag and thereby improves fuel economy.

The engines

As diesel engines are not permitted in China because of their smoke, the basic version for China has 3.0V6 supercharged Audi engine. The base models for other markets come with the 3.0V6 TDI Audi engines and the 3.6 VR6 Volkswagen engines. The Cayenne S and GTS have the 3.6V6 biturbo engines instead of the 4.8V8. The 3.6V6 biturbo is a Porsche engine from the Macan Turbo. When the Panamera 970.2 was introduced, its S-model got the 3.0V6 twin-turbo instead of the 4.8V8, so this probably was a bit of a drop for the customers, and with the Cayenne, a bigger 3.6-litre V6 was installed in the S-model. The 3.6V6 Macan Turbo engine was easily developed from the Cayenne 4.8V8 biturbo by cutting away the two cylinders. Interestingly, the facelift Panamera GTS was kept with the V8, while the Cayenne GTS was equipped with turbo V6. No more normally aspirated V8 in the Cayenne range means, the best engine sound is gone. The Cayenne Turbo 4.8 has the V8 engine, but the turbochargers eliminate the brutal tones. So, with the GTS, first the special engine sound was eliminated with cutting away the two cylinders and then once again with the additon of the turbochargers. But, then again, what did they say about the subwoofers and turbochargers - there is no substitute to them, except bigger ones!

Turbo S

The more spontaneous response of the Turbo S engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. The acceleration is significantly improved over the 958.1 Turbo S or the 958.2 Turbo. Once the reaction time passed, the 958.2 Turbo S reaches 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Compare this to the original 2003 Cayenne 955 Turbo with its acceleration capability of 5.6 seconds to 100 km/h. While the acceleration has improved more than the power increase from 955 Turbo's 331 kW to 958.2 Turbo S's 419 kW (+88 kW) would suggest, the top speed has rised more logically from 165 to 177 mph / 266 to 284 km/h. With Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 street legal racing tyres fitted, the Cayenne 958.2 Turbo S was able to lap the Nürburgring Northern Loop (Nordschleife) in 7:59.74 minutes. This does not just make it the fastest SUV in the world, but also quick among sports cars. Its standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) include enormous 420 mm front brake discs and, for the first time, 10-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 370 mm discs and 4-piston calipers. For the posers a sport exhaust system is available with a sound symposer that transmits the V8 sound into the interior.

Hybrid

When the 958.1 was a non-plug-in hybrid, the 958.2 is a plug-in hybrid. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. Its all-electric driving range is 11-22 miles / 18-36 km. The power of the electric motor was more than doubled, from 34 to 70 kW. The top speed in all-electric driving is 79 mph / 125 km/h. The petrol engine is still the Audi's old supercharged 3.0V6. The E-hybrid (plug-in hybrid) Cayenne is 110 kg /243 lb heavier than was the already ultra heavy previous non-plug-in version. Altough the facelift hybrid Cayenne has more power, it has even more additional weight, so its power-to-weight ratio (driving fun) is poorer than before.

Gearbox

All the 958.2 cars have the 8-speed Tiptronic as standard. The 958.1 was the last Cayenne offering the few driving enthusiasts a manual gearbox.

4WD system

While all the previous Cayennes had permanent 4WD systems, the 958.2 is the first to lose it in favour of fuel economy (CO2 emissions). When not accelerating, the 958.2 transmits its power only to the rear wheels and the front wheels are engaged when the rears start to slip.

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PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake discs are enormous for 958.2 (the wheel here is 21")© Porsche
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Turbo 4.8© Porsche
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Turbo 3.0 (Diesel) / Supercharged 3.0 (Hybrid) / Turbo 3.6 (Cayenne S) / Turbo 4.1 (Diesel S)© Porsche
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The visual difference between the most expensive version (Turbo 4.8) and the cheapest version has never been that shallow© Porsche
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The LED headlamps (on the right) come as standard on Turbo 4.8© Porsche
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Turbo 4.8© Porsche
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18" and 19" wheels© Porsche
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20" and 21" wheels© Porsche
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21" Sport Classic wheels© Porsche
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LCA Lane Change Assistant© Porsche
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ACC Adaptive Cruise Control© Porsche
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Previously "normal", now "sport", previously "sport", now "sport plus"© Porsche
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Porsche Torque Vectoring was engineered for the light-nose 911 - for it to turn in better. The Cayenne is not made for racing, so you don't need the PTV with the Cayenne.© Porsche
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E-hybrid Porsche charger© Porsche
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This particular 3.6-litre biturbo engine really is a Porsche engine© Porsche
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The sign says "Porsche" and 4.2L, but it is a 4.1L Audi engine© Porsche

Because of the high demand for Cayenne, from 2015 the final assembly of the Cayennes is also done in Volkswagen factory in Osnabrück in addition to Porsche factory in Leipzig. Pre-production (full body assembly without drivetrain) for both factories is still done in Volkswagen factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. How to tell if the final assembly was done at Leipzig or at Osnabrück? Check the 11th character in the VIN - if it is L then it is Leipzig, if it is K then it is Osnabrück (ex-Karmann factory, hence the K).

This photo made in summer 2014 shows 958.1 as 958.2 was not in production yet. In reality 958.1 was never assembled in Osnabrück. The tallest man on the photo, Oliver Blume, will become Porsche CEO 1.5 years later (end of 2015).© Volkswagen
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Cayenne Turbo Sachsenring
2017 February 20, Cayenne Turbo of Sachsenring © Porsche

On April 21, 2017, Porsche Great Britain organized a Guinness World Record attempt. The idea was to pull the heaviest aircraft with a Cayenne. At such a power pulling event the only number important is the torque figure, so the two most torquey Cayennes were taken to the event in Paris. The cars were a Cayenne Turbo S with 588 lb-ft/800 Nm and a Cayenne Diesel S with 625 lb-ft/850 Nm. Both cars were used in pulling the Airbus A380 for at least 100 feet distance (the standard set by Guinness) and the record document didn't state which car was used, just that "The heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car was achieved by Porsche Cars Great Britain, at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, on April 21, 2017".

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Porsche Cayenne tows an Airbus A380
2017 April 21, either a Diesel S or a Turbo S, not possible to tell from the photo © Porsche GB

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Sales catalogues

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