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Top Marques Monaco – Gemballa Tornado & Mistrale Revealed

Gemballa Tornado (Porsche Cayenne)

My top 10 of ugly cars features the Porsche Cayenne and the Panamera and both of them received a makeover courtesy of Gemballa. Unveiled this week at the Top Marques Monaco, the Tornado and the Mistrale are both fitted with a disgraceful carbon fiber bodykit that looks awful, further emphasizing the ugliness of the cars. Inside, things are a little bit better thanks to the leather/Alcantara interior.

Gemballa Tornado (Porsche Cayenne)

Gemballa also offers new sets of 22-inch alloy rims which are not bad at all, but putting them on these cars was a bad idea. Anyway, the tuning specialists also offer two performance packages. The Stage One kit helps the 4.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine develop 572 hp (580 PS / 427 kW) in the Tornado and 602 hp (610 PS / 449 kW) in the Mistrale. The Stage Two package increases the power output for both cars to 690 hp (700 PS / 515 kW) and 737 lb.-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque.

Gemballa Mistrale (Porsche Panamera)

Only 30 units will be made from each model, but they didn’t reveal any pricing information.

Gemballa Mistrale (Porsche Panamera)

Source: Gemballa via WCF

Morons And Porsche Cayennes Don’t Go Well Together

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This is the perfect example of why morons shouldn’t be able to drive a car. This guy in the video got stuck in mud (God knows what he was doing there) and at first a truck tried to pull that blacked German SUV, but for some reason the owner of the car decides to do it by himself. In his attempt to get out of the mud, one of the Cayenne’s wheels explodes, activating the airbags and causing some significant damage to the car.

Source: Carscoop

Cars We Hate Part 3 – Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

If this isn’t your first time on rpmGO you probably know that we are not big fans of the Porsche Cayenne. The reasons that we don’t like it are simple: it’s too big and too ugly. I never had the opportunity to drive one, but I’m sure it’s a pretty damn good car, just like all Porsches are.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

My main problem is with how it looks. You all know that Porsche’s designers are probably the laziest people in the world if we look back at the company’s previous models which all look almost identical. This time they really got it wrong with the Cayenne. It looks like a very fat 911 and has a very bulky appearance. Every time I look at it I think of a guy that a while ago was very fit and know he spends his evenings eating bonbons in front of the TV.

As far as the design of Porsche models, the only one that I like is the Cayman, although even that one looks pretty much the same with the rest of the automaker’s lineup.

I know Porsche cares much about tradition, but sooner or later they’ll have to change their designers. I might be wrong taking into consideration the success of the Cayenne or the Panamera, another ugly car. This is simply my opinion; feel free to disagree with me.

I have to admit that the new Cayenne looks a little bit better than the first generation, but it still resembles a lot with the 911. Another reason why I don’t like it because I’m not a big fan of SUVs, except for the Mercedes ML-Class, but this is just a matter of tastes.

What do you think about the design of the Porsche Cayenne? Good, bad or in between?

2011 American Le Mans Series Safety Car – Porsche Panamera Turbo

Porsche Panamera Turbo safety car ALMS

The organizers of this year’s American Le Mans series have bad tastes as they have chosen the awful-looking Porsche Panamera Turbo as the safety car of the competition. In addition, they also got two Porsche Cayenne ALMS Emergency Response Vehicles, which is another hideous car to say at least.

Porsche Cayenne ALMS Emergency Response Vehicles

The Panamera Turbo will be a standard version as there isn’t going to be any engine tuning, which means that it will have the regular turbocharged V8 4.8-liter engine that produces 500 PS (368 kW).

More info about the cars will be revealed pretty soon. Stay tuned.

Source: Porsche

Porsche Cayenne II By FAB-Design

Porsche Cayenne II By FAB-Design

FAB-Design, a Swiss tuning company, has revealed its latest tuning package for the Porsche Cayenne II. One of the many changes they’ve made is to install carbon fiber panels on the widened fenders, wheel arches, along with an updated front end look and more generous air intakes. Rounding up the SUV’s new look are the modified side skirts, and a rear skirt that has been fitted with an integrated diffuser for the trapezoidal quad tailpipes.

Porsche Cayenne II By FAB-Design

Four tailpipes at the back means that the Cayenne got extra muscles under the bonnet and indeed it did as FAB-Design raised the output of the engine to 542 hp (550 PS / 405 kW) and 590 lb.-ft (800 Nm), which means that it packs 50 PS and 100 Nm more in comparison to the standard output of the V8 turbocharged 4.8-liter power plant.

Porsche Cayenne II By FAB-Design

They’ve fitted this big SUV with a new set of 22-inch wheels and installed a suspension lowering module, but they didn’t say by how much it can lower the Cayenne. The cabin has been finished in Alcantara and leather, along with plenty of carbon fiber inserts and aluminum panel for the trimming touches.

Porsche Cayenne II By FAB-Design

No matter how many tuning programs are revealed for the Porsche Cayenne II, it still is an ugly car from every angle. Even worse than that is FAB-Design has managed to make the car even uglier, which frankly I did not think that it was possible.

Source: FAB-Design

Sportec Reveales Porsche Cayenne SP580

Sportec Porsche Cayenne SP580

Another day, another tuning program for the Porsche Cayenne. I don’t really understand why this SUV is so popular among tuners. In my opinion, it looks like a 911 on steroids. Anyway, the Swiss tuner decided to roll out a tuning program for this car, along with the one for the 911 Turbo.

The Porsche Cayenne SP580 sits on a brand new set of 22-inch Sportec Mono/7 forged rims that have a dark charcoal finish. This big German SUV can be lowered by up to 30 mm thanks to the inclusion of an electronic suspension control module.

Under the bonnet, the Swiss tuners have installed a Motronic system that offers an additional 80 hp and 74 lb.-ft of torque to the standard V6 3.6-liter power plant that offers 300 hp @ 6,300 rpm and 295 lb.-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm, which means that with this tuning program, the Cayenne’s engine can crank out 380 hp and 369 lb.-ft of torque. The last modification they brought over the standard version is a new free-flow stainless steel exhaust system that has quad 90 mm tailpipes.

Geneva 2011 – Mansory Porsche Cayenne

Mansory Porsche Cayenne

Another tuning program for the Porsche Cayenne has been revealed this month at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show. Unfortunately, this one has been made by Mansory, known for their awful tuning programs. Following the same recipe, this one looks very ugly, regardless of the angle from where you look at it.

Mansory Porsche Cayenne

This outrageous widebody kit has been made out of carbon fiber and consists of a new bonnet, updated fascias, and modified side skirts and, along with wheel arch extensions. The back of this SUV got a new more prominent diffuser and two spoilers.

Mansory Porsche Cayenne

They’ve added a sport module for the air suspension that has the possibility to lower the Cayenne’s ride height by up to 45 mm.  As you can see from these images, the car rolls on massive 22-inch forged alloy rims – the only good thing about this tuning program as far as the exterior look is concerned.

Mansory Porsche Cayenne

Under the bonnet, the engineers over at Mansory fitted the Cayenne’s V8 4.8-liter engine with a power pack that adds bigger turbochargers, a reprogrammed ECU, along with a new stainless steel sport exhaust system. Thanks to these modifications, the power plant is capable of outputting 680 hp (690 PS / 140 kW) and 590 lb.-ft (800 Nm), which is 187 hp (190 PS / 140 kW) and 74 lb.-ft (100 Nm) more than the standard engine has to offer. With these improvements, the Cayenne can sprint to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

Geneva 2011 – TechArt Magnum

TechArt Magnum

The Porsche Cayenne is probably one of the most popular cars among tuning companies at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The guys over at TechArt decided to take a Cayenne II and install some very aggressive bumpers, a ventilated hood and extended wheel arches. Dubbed Magnum, it also features modified side sills and huge black-painted wheels.

TechArt Magnum

Under the bonnet, the car’s standard V8 4.8-liter twin-turbo power unit has been fitted with a TA 058/T1 power kit that enables it to output 553 hp (560 PS / 412 kW) and 575 lb.-ft (780 Nm), which is 59 hp (60 PS / 44 kW) and 59 lb.-ft (80 Nm) more than the standard version. With this additional power under the hood, the TechArt Magnum Porsche Cayenne II can reach 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, 200 km/h in 15.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 287 km/h.

Source: TechArt via WCF

Geneva 2011 – Hamann Guardian

Hamann Guardian

The German tuner Hamann brought this week to Geneva their latest project. Dubbed Guardian, it is based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and comes with a wide-body aerodynamic kit that includes a new front apron, updated bonnet, aggressive side skirts, a rear apron and a new diffuser in the back. The side wings widen the SUV by 120 mm at the front axle and 160 mm at the rear one.

Hamann Guardian

It also sports those imposing 120 mm centrally-mounted twin tailpipes part of the new sport exhaust system, that were integrated into the rear diffuser.

Hamann Guardian

The standard V8 twin-turbo 4.8-liter of the Cayenne packs 493 hp (500 PS / 368 kW) and with the tweaks made by Hamann, it now produces 544 hp (550 PS / 405 kW) and 568 lb.-ft (770 Nm) of torque. The car needs only 4.6 seconds to reach 60 mph, before hitting a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

Hamann Guardian

The new suspension module installed lowers the Cayenne by 35 mm and to round up the tuning program, they’ve installed new massive 23-inch rims and in the cabin, they’ve used leather, carbon trims and a sport steering wheel.

Source: Hamann via WCF

TechArt 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

TechArt 2011 Porsche Cayenne

I never understood why tuners like releasing performance upgrades for the Porsche Cayenne as it is an awful-looking car. In my opinion, it looks like a 911 on steroids. I never thought that Porsche will release an SUV, but if there is a potential market, why not? TechArt has decided to roll out a performance package for this German SUV and they will be bringing it to Geneva next month.

The car will have the same engine as the standard version, but instead of outputting 500 hp (368 kW) and 700 Nm, it will produce 560 hp (412 kW) and 780 Nm. With these extra muscles under the bonnet, the Cayenne will be able to sprint to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and to 200 km/h in only 15.8 second, onto a top speed of 287 km/h. This increase in power was obtained by simply upgrading the car’s ECU.

TechArt will be bringing five cars at the 81st International Geneva Motorshow next month so if you want to find out more about their tuning programs, stay tuned as we will offer a full coverage of the upcoming auto show.

Speed Art 2011 Porsche Cayenne Titan-EVO-XL 600

Speed Art 2011 Porsche Cayenne Titan-EVO-XL 600

Set to be revealed officially next month at Geneva, the 2011 Speed Art Porsche Cayenne Titan Evo XL 600 is based on the Turbo version of the German SUV. The standard engine produces 500 hp and with this tuning program it will develop 600 hp and 627 lb.-ft of torque. I like the extra power under the hood but the bodykit looks awful. I’ve never liked these flashy body modifications and this one is terrible from every angle.

Speed Art 2011 Porsche Cayenne Titan-EVO-XL 600

The striping is similar to the one found on the Porsche 997 GT3 RS MkII. The new front and rear bumpers don’t do the car any good, nor do the side skirts. I like the new exhaust system that they installed but that new set of 23-inch rims isn’t my cup of tea.

Speed Art 2011 Porsche Cayenne Titan-EVO-XL 600

As far as the interior is concerned, I like it, nothing flashy. Those carbon shell-type seats are awesome and the new multimedia-unit that has an iPad and Ipod-docking-station is a nice addition.

Speed Art 2011 Porsche Cayenne Titan-EVO-XL 600

We’ll let you know more about the Titan EVO XL 600 once it will have its public debut next month so stay tuned.

2011 Lumma CLR 558 GT Revealed

2011 Lumma CLR 558 GT

Ever since its launch, the Porsche Cayenne has been in the spotlight of many tuners. Lumma Design decided to roll out their view of this popular German SUV. Dubbed the CLR 558 GT, this Cayenne-sourced Lumma Design model features a lot of exterior and interior changes along with a very welcomed engine update.

2011 Lumma CLR 558 GT

On the outside, the Porsche Cayenne got a new front spoiler, redesigned side skirts, an updated rear bumper, a sportier bonnet and rear spoiler, along with many carbon elements used for the rear diffuser, the rear lip and the front spoiler bottom. The car also got a new exhaust system that has a 100 mm middle tailpipe, flanked by the two 80 mm ones on the sides. The Cayenne now rolls on massive 22-inch wheels.

Inside the cabin you’ll find a two-tone leather upholstery and plenty of Alcantara on the plastic coverings. It also offers carbon-looking interior ledges, aluminum pedals with anti-slip rubber coating, color-coordinated instruments and a brand new ergonomically-shaped sports steering wheel.

2011 Lumma CLR 558 GT

The diesel version of the Cayenne received an increase in power from 240 hp to 276 hp, while the maximum torque is 630 Nm, in comparison to 550 Nm available for the standard model.

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MANSORY Reveales 2011 Porsche Cayenne Tuning Program

MANSORY 2011 Porsche Cayenne

MANSORY is known for launching some extravagant tuning programs but for this 2011 Cayenne I think that they really did a nice job. They took the model fitted with the 4.8-liter engine and increased its power from 500 hp (368 kW) to 690 hp (507 kW).

MANSORY 2011 Porsche Cayenne

The 800 Nm of torque is available at 4,800 rpm. It is quite a powerful tuning program as the engine offers 190 more ponies, allowing the SUV to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4, 4 seconds, onto a top speed of 300 km/h.

MANSORY 2011 Porsche Cayenne

This significant increase in power is available thanks to the larger turbos, the re-mapped ECU and the new stainless steel sports exhaust. The car also packs some aerodynamics updates, including the new front & rear aprons, the updated side skirts as well as the wheel arch extensions that look really cool, making the Cayenne 60 mm wider in the front and 80 mm in the back.

MANSORY 2011 Porsche Cayenne

In addition, the MANSORY 2011 Porsche Cayenne also features LED daytime running lights, large air intakes, a carbon fiber bonnet and massive 21, 22 or even 23-inch wheels. The height of this German SUV can be reduced by up to 45 mm thanks to the air suspension.

MANSORY 2011 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne diesel might appear in North America

Porsche Cayenne diesel might appear in North America

Diesel models aren’t exactly favored by North American customers, but seeing as how more people are impressed by the frugality of the oil burners, as well as the ever increasing range of available models, things are changing.

They will also change for Porsche, who might be bringing a diesel version of its best selling Cayenne SUV to North America.

According to a report from Canada, Porsche is considering a diesel version of the new 2011 Cayenne, presumably with Audi’s 3.0-liter TDI. Reports about this move appeared some time ago, but the German luxury manufacturer declined to comment at that time.

Now, with the new generation SUV being lighter, and the diesel engine more powerful yet retaining a frugal nature, a Porsche Cayenne diesel might make a lot of sense on the North American market.

Nothing is official just yet, but the move will happen sooner or later.

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Porsche still planning luxury crossover to slot under the Cayenne

Porsche still planning luxury crossover to slot under the Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne (pictured above) is one of the best selling models in the whole range of the German performance automaker. That’s why a lot of voices have been claiming, for quite some time now, that a smaller SUV, a crossover called the Roxster, will appear.

Those rumors were almost always denied by Porsche, which revealed that it would just sabotage the sales of the Cayenne.

A new report has just appeared though, stating that even though the move might not make financial sense, a Porsche luxury crossover will appear. Why? Because Ferdinand Piech is pushing the project through. In case you don’t remember, the man is also responsible for models like the Bugatti Veyron or Volkswagen Phaeton, which, even though didn’t make the best business case, are still present on the market.

Besides Piech’s involvement, the rumors are still the same. The so-called Roxster will use the Audi Q5 platform, and target that same niche, with rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLK or BMW X3. Not a lot of other things are known, so we’ll just have to wait and see if it will become a reality.

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