The 2007 facelift-ed Cayenne won’t seem strikingly different to the casual observer at first look, but Porsche has moved the 911 996-looking headlamps farther outboard in the fenders and canted their now-clear covers at a more rakish angle to emulate the never-completely-changed-but all-so-very-new 911 997-exterior appearance. As a personal opinion, the new headlamps make it look more “sea-ready” now, almost like it's about to hit the waves.
Looking at it from the side, the wheel openings have been reshaped. On the whole, the front-end design is a bit more aggressive with three large sewer-grate-looking grilles only kept for the Cayenne Turbo (the lesser-equipped models like our Diesel look a little bit more differentiated between them in the front), and there are minor design tweaks to the mirrors, the roof spoiler and the stoplights with integrated LEDs.
If the critics are "meh", at least the wind tunnel is happy with the results: according to Porsche, the drag coefficient for the eight-cylinder versions has been dropped considerably. From close to 0.40 to approximately 0.35. Talk about design efficiency.
The all-new-for-2008 aluminum wheels with ten spokes do a stupendous job at showing off the Turbo’s red hot chili pepper brake calipers. We obviously had nothing to show, since the Diesel comes standard with 18-inch wheels. Not that those are too small or anything, but on a juggernaut as large as the Cayenne they look a bit petite.
The white color chosen for our test model wasn't the best choice to hide its humongous size either, making it look like a beached albino whale from certain angles. On the whole, we would call the Cayenne facelift a much better-looking car than the 2002 version. Of course, this is like saying that regular flu is a much better disease than swine flu...Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
A Porsche badge on an SUV? Blasphemy, am I not right? A disgrace to car fans all over the world. Then I test drove a Cayenne Turbo and I completely... ahem... changed my opinion, it's like it had brainwashed me or something...
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