The two-time World Rally Champion and Porsche Brand Ambassador completed numerous test laps in the high-performance SUV on the Grand Prix circuit of the Hockenheimring. In his assessment of its driving dynamics, he described the new Cayenne as a “great leap forward compared to everything that has gone before. This car redefines the meaning of the term SUV”. The sort of performance you expect in a Porsche combined with a high degree of everyday usability and variability – these are the things that the Cayenne has stood for ever since it made its debut in 2002.

Cayenne Turbo S, 2006, Porsche AG
The first Cayenne Turbo S in 2006 raised the bar for driving dynamics in the SUV segment.
Cayenne GTS, 2007, Porsche AG
The first Cayenne GTS models made their debut in 2007. The focus during development was on sporty on-road performance.
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Especially dynamic highlights in the model's initial years included the first Cayenne Turbo S, which had an outstanding power output for 2006 of 383 kW (521 PS), and the GTS models, which were specifically tuned for sportiness from 2007. “They were off-road vehicles that could be driven like sports cars – a real sensation at the time,” says Röhrl, when looking back at the first Cayenne generation, which had the internal designation 'E1'.

Focus on exceptional on-road performance

With the new model, which is currently undergoing final testing and optimisation as part of development to series production maturity, Porsche aims to underline its claim to best-in-class performance once again. The focus for this derivative has been on exceptional on-road performance without neglecting driving comfort and everyday usability. It is based on the current Cayenne Turbo Coupé, but has been designed and developed even more single-mindedly to provide the ultimate in terms of longitudinal and lateral dynamics.

Walter Röhrl, Porsche Brand Ambassador, Lars Kern, Porsche Test Driver, Prototype of the Cayenne, Hockenheimring, 2021, Porsche AG
Brand ambassador Walter Röhrl and test driver Lars Kern with the still slightly camouflaged prototype of a new Cayenne model in Hockenheim.

Alongside a host of other enhancements for all chassis and control systems, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active roll stabilisation system makes a major contribution to the stable handling of the new Cayenne model with a new, performance-oriented set-up. “The PDCC always keeps the body balanced and level even during very spirited cornering,” explains Porsche test driver Lars Kern, who has accompanied development of the high-performance model right from the start.

Prototype of the Cayenne, Hockenheimring, 2021, Porsche AG
Walter Röhrl tests the new performance model of the Cayenne product line at the Hockenheimring.
Prototype of the Cayenne, Hockenheimring, 2021, Porsche AG
Walter Röhrl tests the new performance model of the Cayenne product line at the Hockenheimring.
Prototype of the Cayenne, Hockenheimring, 2021, Porsche AG
Walter Röhrl tests the new performance model of the Cayenne product line at the Hockenheimring.
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Its handling is also improved by its comprehensively revamped front axle: “Compared with the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, the front rims are now half an inch wider, and negative camber has been increased by 0.45 degrees in order to provide a larger contact area for the 22-inch sports tyres newly developed especially for this model,” says Kern, who recently invited Walter Röhrl to Hockenheim for the test drives.

New Cayenne with outstanding driving dynamics potential

While the visual highlights of the new Cayenne were still largely hidden under black camouflage, Röhrl was already able to gain an in-depth impression of the outstanding driving dynamics potential of the new Cayenne model. Accompanied by the emotive sound of the new titanium exhaust system, which is equipped with centrally positioned tailpipes, the brand ambassador drove lap after lap on the Hockenheimring and was very impressed afterwards: “The car remains incredibly stable even in fast corners, and its turn-in behaviour is extremely precise. More than ever, you have the feeling that you are sitting in a compact sports car rather than in a large SUV.”

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Consumption data

  • 11.4 – 11.2 l/100 km
  • 260 – 256 g/km

Cayenne GTS Coupé

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 11.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 260 – 256 g/km
  • 2.5 – 2.4 l/100 km
  • 58 –56 g/km
  • 22.0 – 21.6 kWh/100 km

Cayenne E-Hybrid

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 2.5 – 2.4 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 58 –56 g/km
electricity consumption combined 22.0 – 21.6 kWh/100 km
  • 11.4 – 11.2 l/100 km
  • 260 – 255 g/km

Cayenne GTS

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 11.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 260 – 255 g/km
  • 3.3 – 3.2 l/100 km
  • 75 – 72 g/km
  • 23.3 – 22.8 kWh/100 km

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 3.3 – 3.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 75 – 72 g/km
electricity consumption combined 23.3 – 22.8 kWh/100 km
  • 11.6 l/100 km
  • 264 g/km

Cayenne Turbo Coupé

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 11.6 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 264 g/km
  • 3.3 – 3.2 l/100 km
  • 76 – 73 g/km
  • 23.5 – 23.0 kWh/100 km

Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 3.3 – 3.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 76 – 73 g/km
electricity consumption combined 23.5 – 23.0 kWh/100 km
  • 2.6 – 2.5 l/100 km
  • 60 – 58 g/km
  • 22.4 – 22.0 kWh/100 km

Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé

Fuel consumption / Emissions
fuel consumption combined 2.6 – 2.5 l/100 km
CO2 emissions combined 60 – 58 g/km
electricity consumption combined 22.4 – 22.0 kWh/100 km