Founded in 2004, Porsche India Private Limited is a subsidiary of German car maker and the Cayenne SUV-crossover is one of their most important offerings in South Asia.
The mid-size crossover originally launched in 2002 in international markets and received a complete redesign in 2010. It was recently updated in 2014, making it an even more of a compelling vehicle than before.
Porsche offers the Cayenne in six fuel types: base, Diesel, S, S E-Hybrid, GTS and Turbo. Considering the increasing popularity of electrification, the hybrid variant is a welcomed inclusion for tree-huggers and fuel-misers.
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The Cayenne S has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 420 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. It reaches 62 mph from 0 in 5.2 seconds and attains a top speed of 161 mph. The mileage is 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid, found in some international markets, is powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drive train consisting of a 333-bhp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that works jointly with a 95-bhp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The two power sources generate 416 bhp and 435 lb-ft. of torque and can accelerate the Cayenne from 0 to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds on route to a top speed of 151 mph.
The Cayenne GTS has a 3.6-liter that produces 440 bhp and 445 lb-ft of torque. It is available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and attains a top speed of 163 mph.
The Cayenne Turbo gets a 4.8-liter V8 engine that pumps out 520 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft. of torque from 2,250-4,000 rpm. To 60 mph from 0 it takes 4.2 seconds and maximum speed is 173 mph. The Cayenne Turbo achieves 14 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. For an even more fuel-efficient and affordable crossover, also check out the Indian version of the Ford EcoSport at Autoportal.com.
The sportier Cayenne Turbo S is the fastest and most expensive SUV that Porsche has ever offered, sourcing its power from a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 engine that makes 570 bhp and a 590 lb-ft. of torque, enough to reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 176 mph. A sport-tuned eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox and Porsche’s Torque Vectoring system help the Turbo S to achieve the fastest time ever recorded by a SUV.
All Cayenne models come standard with dual front, side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, electronic brakeforce distribution, a tire pressure monitoring system and emergency braking assist.
The variety of strong rivals includes the BMW X5, the Acura MDX, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the Audi Q7 and the Infiniti QX70.
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Man Crashes Mercedes-Benz to Avoid Rat on Road
Loving animals is a great virtue, but would you crash an expensive Mercedes-Benz to save one? What if that animal was a rat?
According to a story by Indian tabloid Mid-Day, Mumbai resident Gaurav Ujjanwal did just that. He apparently rammed a Mercedes Kompressor C200 that belonged to his boss into on a Mumbai highway after spotting a big rat on the road. He swerved to avoid the rodent, lost control and smashed into a divider, severely wrecking the front end of the vehicle.
Ujjanwal later reported the accident to the police and to his boss.
“I have also informed my boss, and he hasn’t said anything to me yet,” he told the newspaper, claiming that he was driving at a speed of 60-70 km/h. Repair work will cost around Rs 4-5 lakh, but it is unclear whether he will be the one to incur the expense.
While dirty critters in just about everywhere else in the world, rats are sacred in Indian Hindu culture. Did Ujjanwal, if Hindu, crash his Benz because of a righteous impulse or did he do so because he was startled, possibly because he was speeding?
Ford EcoSport Sweeps India’s 2014 Car Of The Year Awards
The Ford EcoSport has been named India’s 2014 Car of the Year by Bloomberg’s TV-Autocar India. Not only did Ford’s small crossover win the top award, but it also took home five others.
The Bloomberg TV-Autocar Car Of The Year Awards is the most prestigious of its kind in the emerging South Asian country. The winners, which included motor bikes, were selected by an eight-member jury and auditors from global consulting firm, KPMG, who ensured a watertight methodology both in terms of eligibility and judging criteria.
The EcoSport was undoubtedly the biggest standout — in addition to being the Car of the Year, it was named the SUV of the Year, Best Value for Money and the Viewer’s Choice. Its EcoBoost engine won Engine of the Year, while its Sync with Emergency-assist system claimed the Technology & Innovation award.
The full list of winners is as follows:
1. CAR OF THE YEAR: FORD ECOSPORT
2. BIKE OF THE YEAR: KTM 390 DUKE
3. PREMIUM SUV OF THE YEAR: MERCEDES GL-CLASS
4. SUV OF THE YEAR: FORD ECOSPORT
5. SALOON CAR OF THE YEAR: HONDA AMAZE
6. COMPACT LUXURY CAR OF THE YEAR: BMW 1-SERIES
7. COMPACT CAR OF THE YEAR: HYUNDAI GRAND i10
8. ENGINE OF THE YEAR: FORD ECOBOOST
9. MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR: HONDA CARS
10. BEST DRIVER’S CAR: BMW 1-SERIES
11. VIEWER’S CHOICE CAR OF THE YEAR: FORD ECOSPORT
12. VIEWER’S CHOICE BIKE OF THE YEAR: MAHINDRA CENTURO
13. MPV OF THE YEAR: CHEVROLET ENJOY
14. PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR: PORSCHE CAYMAN S
15. IMPORT CAR OF THE YEAR: RANGE ROVER SPORT
16. PREMIUM BIKE OF THE YEAR: HYOSUNG GV650 AQUILA PRO
17. IMPORT BIKE OF THE YEAR: KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-14R
18. BEST VALUE FOR MONEY: FORD ECOSPORT
19. GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR: MAHINDRA e2o
20. TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION AWARD: FORD SYNC WITH EMERGENCY ASSIST
21. BEST VARIANT OF THE YEAR: AUDI Q3 S
22. BEST DESIGN AND STYLING: MERCEDES A-CLASS
Make the jump for a video of the award ceremony.
Tata Tuff Truck Concept Bows in Australia, Details and Pictures
Tata Motors used the National 4×4 & Outdoors Show in Australia to unveil the Tata Tuff concept. The mid-size pickup truck was jointly-developed with Australian distributor Fusion Automotive and designed by Julian Quincey, chief designer at Holden Special Vehicles (HSV).
Based on the Tata Xenon pickup, the Tuff has a bold look, thanks in large part to pretty good proportions, an aggressive front fascia with LED daytime running lights, a matte gray paint color apparently borrowed from Jaguar and Land Rover (Tata owns both companies), and 20-inch billet aluminum wheels wearing off-road tires. It also features winch and tow hooks.
Performance specification were not released, but the Australian-spec Xenon is powered by a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 150 horsepower and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission and a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system.
While currently not considered for production, the Tuff concept may one day make it to the assembly line.