With the launch date of the 4-door Porsche Panamera drawing closer, the Porsche Cayenne will only be able to enjoy its reign as the ugliest Porsche ever produced for a short while longer. To celebrate the upcoming passing of the torch, the Cayenne achieved a major milestone today with the production of the 250,000th Porsche Cayenne. Despite the Cayenne’s questionable design aesthetic, it has been an overwhelming success for Porsche in both the European and foreign markets. During the first generation alone, Porsche sold 150,000 units and was forced to renovate the Leipzig plant where the Cayenne is produced in order to accommodate the increase in demand. During the 2007/08 fiscal year, the Cayenne’s sales figures were a mere 45,478, yet it still remains one of Porsche’s most popular models (go figure).
While original options were limited, today the Cayenne is offered in seven different trim levels with engine options ranging from a 290-horsepower 3.6L 6 cyl. to a 550-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.8L V8. The iconic sand white Cayenne produced today was powered by Volkswagen’s newly-developed 240-horsepower 3.0L V6 TDI.