Porsche Cayenne facelift (2006): first official pictures

Published: 04 December 2006

Facelifted Porsche Cayenne: the lowdown

Porsche has overhauled the Cayenne, with a neater face, punchier yet more frugal engines and chassis tweaks. This is the nose of the Cayenne Turbo, whose peak power jumps 50bhp. The 996-style runny egg lamps are gone, for more piercing bird's eye units. The outgoing car's messy split air intake is combined into one piece, and light bars introduced in the secondary vents. It's certainly a lot neater, if not necessarily that much prettier. All the engines go direct injection, to boost power and save fuel. Porsche claims the units are between 8 and 15 percent more economical. But the anti-4x4 brigade will hardly be mollified by the Turbo's 20mpg, especially when acceleration is even more sociopathic. Deliveries of the new model start on 24 February 2007 – and you'll be paying a few grand more for the upgraded models. If you're waiting for a diesel or petrol-electric hybrid Cayenne, the wait continues...

Cayenne Turbo: in detail

Cosmetic tweaks at the rear include a diffuser and roof spoiler. But the key changes are under the bonnet. Revised breathing, a larger displacement and direct injection boost the twin turbocharged V8's peak power from 450 to 500bhp. With 4.8 litres – an extra 300cc – peak torque jumps from 457 to 516lb ft. The result is a charge from standstill to 62mph in 5.1sec, half a second quicker than its predecessor. And you can bludgeon a 171mph top speed from the Turbo, thanks to slipperier aerodynamics. The new Turbo costs £74,650, up £3780.

Cayenne S

The Cayenne S – to cost £46,610 – won't be left too far in the Turbo's slipstream. It also has the enlarged 4.8-litre unit, though naturally aspirated. Peak outputs are 385bhp and 369lb ft, up 45bhp and 59lb ft. The 0-62mph dash is despatched in 6.6sec, top speed is 157mph.

Under the skin

To tie down the body, Porsche is making its Dynamic Chassis Control system optional. Active anti-roll bars engage on the twisties, sharpening steering responses and minimising roll. Stability control – incorporating anti-lock, brake boosting and a stabilising system for towing – is standard. Bi-xenon headlamps, that swivel to illuminate around corners, are standard on the Turbo, and optional on other models.

V6 power

The entry level V6 also gets an upgrade. Displacement climbs from 3.2 to 3.6 litres, power jumps from 250 to 290bhp and peak torque is up 56lb to 284. The base Cayenne – which cracks 62mph in 8.1sec and touches 141mph – costs from £37,100.

By Phil McNamara

Editor-in-chief of CAR magazine