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The 2008 Porsche Cayenne will be at dealerships this Saturday, February 24th, awaiting new owners with wallets big enough to tame the German sports car maker's only SUV. Clearly, there are many equestrians who need the Cayenne's combination of sport, utility and exclusivity to haul around their thoroughbreds, as the picture above, one of many released today by Porsche, illustrates. Make no mistake, however, the new Cayenne is no gelding. In fact, all three models have received a significant bump in power thanks to the addition of direction injection. The base model increases 40 hp to 290 hp, the S gets 45 hp more to make 385 hp and the Turbo S jumps a full 50 hp to a nice, round 500 hp (Those are European numbers. Despite the increases, Porsche claims that each engine consumes 15% less fuel.



As for the 2008 model's styling, most of the changes occur up front to the Cayenne's polarizing front fascia. Its looks were always unmistakeably that of a Porsche, and that hasn't changed. The soft face up front has been changed to be much more aggressive with new headlights and larger air intakes. We have to say that the only model we find even remotely attractive is the Turbo S thanks to its trademark LED lights within the outer intakes. The intakes on the base and S model, however, just come off as gratuitously large. We have 85 high-rseolution shots of 2008 Porsche Cayenne to help you make up your own mind.

Check out the official press release for Euro pricing after the jump. We'll keep you updated on the U.S. versions, which should be around next month.

[Source: Porsche]


PRESS RELEASE:

New Cayenne available from dealers from Saturday

Stuttgart – The second generation of the sporty all-terrain Cayenne is preparing for launch: the new models will be waiting in the sales rooms of the 86 German Porsche centers from Saturday, February 24, 2007. Thanks to the newly developed engines with gasoline direct injection, they are distinguished by higher performance combined with lower fuel consumption. In real operating conditions, savings of up 15 percent are possible, and CO2 emissions are also correspondingly lower. All Cayenne models come with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) featuring brake assist, advanced vehicle stabilization and off-road ABS as standard. The vehicles can also be fitted with the new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC), which limits its roll angle on corners.

As Porsche has already sold more than 150,000 units of the Cayenne's predecessor model, Bernhard Maier, Managing Director of Porsche Deutschland GmbH, is confident that the new Cayenne models will continue this success: "Although our customers have only been able to experience these vehicles through test reports so far, we already have more new orders than for any other model change. We are convinced that the new Cayenne will lend fresh momentum to our business in Germany."

In Germany the basic model costs €51,735 Euros, the more powerful S version costs €66,610

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