(from Porsche Press Release)
After bringing new levels of dynamic performance to the sport
utility vehicle market, Porsche expands the scope of its appeal with the 2004
Porsche Cayenne, the first model in the company’s history powered by a V6 engine.
The newest Cayenne takes its place in the Porsche SUV lineup alongside the
Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models launched last year.
The newest Cayenne goes on sale January 10 in North American markets.
Standard equipment includes the new V6 engine, a six-speed Tiptronic S transmission
and such Porsche technologies as Porsche Stability Management and Porsche
Traction Management, plus much more, including leather seating surfaces for
five people and side-curtain airbags.
Base prices are $42,900 in the United States and $60,850 in Canadian dollars.
The Cayenne option list includes the Porsche Communication Management system
that features a navigation system and Porsche’s new Advanced Offroad Technology
Package, which also becomes available on the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo
Like the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne
has the architecture of an SUV, but the same soul that is part of every
Porsche. Thus Porsche Traction Management can claw its way up a rocky
trail, but also provides sure-footed traction and control for high-speed
The 2004 Porsche Cayenne has the room and the luxury that a family demands for
its four-wheel-drive adventures – whether they involve wilderness trails, inclement
weather conditions or a quick run to the drive-thru lane. It also provides the dynamic
driving experience that Porsche’s enthusiast customers expect from each of
Except for its engine and a few other components, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne
is identical in design and construction to the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. The
only visual clues to differentiate the new model from its siblings are its black-colored
brake calipers, its standard, 10-spoke, light-alloy, 17-inch wheels, and a “Cayenne”
script on its rear hatch without an “S” or “Turbo” suffix.
The 2004 Porsche Cayenne features a 3.2-liter V6 engine tuned by Porsche
engineers to produce 247 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm and 228 pound-feet
of torque, with that peak torque figure achieved all the way from 2,500 rpm to
Working though the Tiptronic S transmission and Porsche’s
four-wheel-drive systems, the V6 propels the 2004 Porsche Cayenne from a
standing start to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 9.7 seconds. The 2004
Porsche Cayenne’s top speed in track testing is 133 mph (214 km/h).
Other performance figures include 0-100 mph (160 km/h) in 25.0
seconds and a standing-start, one-kilometer (.62-mile) sprint in 30.8
seconds. The V6’s performance includes 15 city and 19 highway fuel
economy figures (15.6 liters per 100 km city and 12.2 per 100 km highway
in Canada). The 2004 Porsche Cayenne has a 26.4 gallon (100 liter) fuel
With its 22.7-gallon fuel tank, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne has a range
that exceeds 430 miles.
While the engine block is sourced from
Volkswagen, which is Porsche’s partner in the construction of the
Cayenne’s unit-body chassis, the 15-degree, 3.2-liter V6 engine has been
extensively reworked by Porsche engineers. They designed an entirely new
intake system for the engine, with two overhead camshafts and
continuously variable intake valve timing. They also reworked the
exhaust system to provide the sound that immediately identifies the
Cayenne as a true Porsche.
Porsche engineers also designed modifications to the engine for towing, including
the engine cooling system. To verify the Cayenne’s ability in extreme conditions,
testing was done while pulling the maximum load (7,716 pounds or 3500 kg) in
temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius).
The powertrain and its belt-drive system also were designed and developed for the
challenges Porsche Cayenne owners may face in extreme off-pavement driving.
Thus the V6 operates smoothly while the Porsche Cayenne is driven through water
as deep as 20 inches (500 mm) or at angles – uphill, downhill or side hill – as
steep as 45 degrees.
Just like the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S, the 2004 Porsche Cayenne is equipped
with a six-speed Tiptronic S transmission designed to provide an enhanced range
of individual gear increments and to retain the driver’s option to shift gears
manually by tipping the selector lever on the center console or simply by using
switches on the steering wheel that can be activated by the driver’s thumbs.
The driver can press the upper portion of the thumb switch or tip the center
console shift selector forward to advance the gears, or press the lower part of
the thumb switch or tip the shift selector back to downshift.
One major advantage of the Tiptronic S is that it provides the driver with the option
of intervening while the transmission is in automatic mode. The driver can move
the thumb switch on the steering wheel and shift gears manually even though the
gearshift selector lever in the center console remains in the automatic position.
In such a case, the manual mode is activated for at least eight seconds, and this
period is extended when the car is in “overrun” – for example, on a downhill grade,
to capitalize on engine braking – or when the driver downshifts before the entrance
to a curve and the car is under lateral acceleration as it negotiates the turn.
When in such a situation, the letter “M” appears in the right-hand instrument dial and
the specific gear engaged also is displayed. At the same time, the transmission
retains its kick down function so the driver can downshift again as needed. The
transmission can downshift by as many as three gears when the driver steps
hard and quickly on the gas pedal.