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Shortly after BMW introduced it’s new second generation BMW X5, Porsche has released details of the new 2007 model Porsche Cayenne, stuffed with new features including improved engines as well new technologies that give the sporty SUV better ride and handling. Check out my post after the jump for more details on what’s new with the 2007 Porsche Cayenne.

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In the engine department, the Cayenne gets a 40hp boost to it’s normally aspirated six-cylinder engine, thanks to an increase of displacement from 3.2 litres to 3.6 litres. The base Porsche Cayenne now goes form 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds, a whole second faster than it’s precedessor – that’s thanks to the 290hp and 385Nm of torque at work. Top speed is a respectable 227km/h.

The mid range model is the Cayenne S, featuring a 4.8 litre normally aspirated V8 engine with 500Nm of torque (up from 420Nm) and 385hp (previously 340hp). This allows the new V8 model to have a 0-100 time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 252 km/h. (Previous model: 6.8 seconds and 242 km/h.)

The top of the line is of course, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, also receiving improvements in the engine department with this new edition. The twin turbocharged V8 powerplant now makes 500 bhp (previously 450 hp) and 700 Nm (previously 620 Nm).

Being an SUV, of course you need to have 4WD. Porsche’s 4WD system, Porsche Traction Management (PTM), sends power in a 38:62 ratio between the front and rear wheels via a multi-disc clutch in the middle. This clutch can also vary power fully to either the front or rear wheels depending on traction needs.

Something new in the 2007 Porsche Cayenne series is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilizer system, which is somewhat similiar to BMW’s Adaptive Drive. While it’s not immediately known how Porsche achieves it, but PDCC limits vehicle roll on corners and counterbalances it, improving handling, directional stability and ride comfort. When off-road, the system enables maximum axle articulation and improves traction. PDCC is optional on the Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Cayenne S, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Standard on the Turbo is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) air suspension system, while for the Cayenne and Cayenne S it is an option. Other new features include bi-xenon headlamps that have dynamic bend lighting, standard on the Turbo and optional for the rest.

The Cayenne goes on sale in showrooms from February 24 2007 onwards, with the Cayenne going for 43,300 Euros, the Cayenne S for 55,800 Euros, and the Cayenne Turbo for 91,100 Euros. Malaysian prices and availability has not been announced yet.

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