E-Zine September 2017

Third Generation Porsche Cayenne Makes Global Debut after Extreme Endurance

Following extensive endurance testing, including in Canadian
snow and African desert sand, Porsche unveiled the new
2019 Cayenne. The all-new Cayenne builds on the formula
that started in 2003 while pushing performance boundaries
even further through new technologies that significantly
improve on-road performance and comfort.
The new Cayenne is more athletic both in appearance and
driving performance due to new styling cues and engineering
developments. In line with its modern exterior, the interior
carries many of the same design cues and new technologies
that made their debut on the 2017 Porsche Panamera.
Among the many changes, optional rear-axle steering creates
a virtual reduction of the wheelbase at low speeds and a
virtual lengthening at high speeds for improved agility and
stability. Available Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB)
offer even greater stopping power and reduced brake wear.
Every new generation Cayenne model will come with a
turbocharged powertrain and all-wheel drive that complement
the new lighter weight platform.
But before the official release of the new Cayenne, Porsche
took it around the world for brutal endurance testing to show
what it could really do. That included testing in winter
conditions in Canada and tackling massive desert sand dunes
in Africa. You can watch a video of the testing at
Porsche will offer two models at launch: the Cayenne and
Cayenne S. Both are powered by turbocharged six-cylinder
engines. The Cayenne uses a 3.0-liter single-turbo V6 making
340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to
accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (or 5.6
seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). The new
Cayenne is also capable of running the quarter-mile in 14.4
seconds or 14.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono package, and
it is able to reach a top track speed of 152 mph.
The Cayenne S uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 440
horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It is able to accelerate to
60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds (or 4.6 seconds with
the optional Sport Chrono package) and continue on toward a
top track speed of 164 mph. The Cayenne S quarter mile
times drop to 13.3 seconds (or 13.2 seconds with the Sport
Chrono package).
A newly-developed eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission is
standard across the Cayenne line. It offers improved comfort
and quicker response times in its lower gear range for
improved performance both on- and off-road. Meanwhile, an
intentionally long eighth gear allows for relaxed cruising. The
long gear is designed to complement the performance-minded
lower ratios with the option for comfortable highway cruising.
Driver-selectable transmission programming further enhances
how the Cayenne handles on varied terrain. The default
setting is the on-road program. Four other modes activate the
conditioning for mild off-road terrain: Mud, Gravel, Sand, or
Rocks. The drive mode, chassis settings, and differential locks
can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario. Fully
variable Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive
is standard on all Cayenne models. The system offers
excellent performance characteristics while also providing
extensive traction on rough ground.

Porsche announces Rennsport Reunion VI to be held September 2018

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca announced the next Porsche Rennsport
Reunion will take place at the famed California racetrack in
2018. The upcoming Family Reunion has been expanded to
four days and will be held September 27-30, 2018.
In what has become a tradition, Rennsport Reunion VI will
bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant
Porsche racecars, as well as those who have designed,
engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most
famous sports car races. Hosted by PCNA, the four-day
program of on-track competition will be complemented by a
Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race
After staging the first three events in the east, with the
inaugural at Lime Rock Park in 2001, followed by two events
at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
in 2004 and 2007, Rennsport Reunion IV moved west in 2011,
tapping into a vast array of west coast car aficionados and
Porsche enthusiasts. Returning to a three-year interval, this
incomparable event has turned into a world-wide happening.
“Choosing the Monterey Peninsula once again for our unique
Porsche family reunion builds upon what we learned from
previous Rennsport Reunions,” said Klaus Zellmer, President
and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.
“We had close to 60,000 fans, enthusiasts and owners come
through the gates of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to
celebrate with us in 2015, and California’s picturesque central
coast provides an ideal backdrop. The Golden State as a
whole has always been like a second home to Porsche.”
“We are honored to have been selected once again as the
host circuit for Porsche Rennsport Reunion,” said Gill
Campbell of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “This prestigious
event has created a tremendous impact on motorsports
around the world in the past and we are eager to bring it back
to life again in partnership with Porsche. It is truly the most
rewarding event I have ever had the pleasure of being
involved in.”
During Porsche Rennsport Reunion V in 2015, over 1,300
Porsche Club of America (PCA) member-owned Porsche
models helped fill the show fields, race classes, and parking
lots of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to overflow capacity. For
the upcoming sixth rendition, the PCA will once again play an
integral role in the festivities.
Additional details and ticket information will be published on
the Porsche press website (www.press.porsche.com) and on
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s website
(http://www.mazdaraceway.com), as they become available.