The original Cayenne was widely criticised for its appearance, especially its front-end treatment.

So Porsche went to great lengths to ensure that the second-generation Cayenne was better received. The front was treated to new, sleeker lights and grilles, while the wheelarches were widened to give the car a more muscular appearance. At the same time, the drag reduced from a Cd of 0.38 to 0.35.

Under the skin, there were fewer changes, though. The base model’s V6 was increased in capacity from 3.2 to 3.6-litres, which upped the maximum output by 40bhp to 290bhp.

The adoption of Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) reduced the fuel by up to 15 percent, Porsche claimed.


Capacity: 3598cc

Compression ratio: 12.3:1

Maximum Power: 290bhp @ 6200rpm

Maximum Torque: 385Nm @ 3000rpm

Brakes: Front: 330mm discs; rear: 330mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS

Suspension: Front: Double track control arm with subframe, spring struts and conical stump springs and dampers Rear: Multi-arm with subframe, spring struts with coil springs and dampers.

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 17×7.5J with 235/65R17 tyres. Rear: 17×7.5J with 235/65R17 tyres (18-, 19-, 20- and 21-inch rims optional)

Length: 4798mm

Width: 1928mm

Weight: >2160kg

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Top speed: 141mph 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds (manual)