Third generation Porsche Cayenne to pack more power and technology than ever before
The Porsche Cayenne is unquestionably one of Porsche’s most important models. It’s reasonably priced (for a Porsche) it has space for the whole family and it packs some serious grunt.
When designing a new model of a car with such importance, car makers need to be careful. Very careful, and on the surface, the third generation Porsche Cayenne is a very mild evolution from the previous model – it’s similar to the previous version but more mature and restrained.
The new car is supposedly lighter and more agile than its predecessor, and that’s partially because the new car is built upon the Audi-developed MLB modular architecture.
Under the bonnet there will be some spicy offerings. The base model will be fitted with a 3.0 litre petrol V6 with a turbo which will produce 253kW and will sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds. The Cayenne S will be fitted with a twin turbo 2.9 litre V6 that will churn out 328kW and will do the 0-100km/h dash in a more spritely 4.9 seconds. A Cayenne Turbo with a 410kW 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 will be unveiled at a later date.
All third generation Porsche Cayenne models are fitted with a conventional eight-speed automatic.
Two hybrids will be available down the track: one based on the 2.9 litre V6, and one with a V8 plug-in hybrid, which’ll most likely be called the Turbo S E-Hybrid. That hybrid drivetrain is already in the Panamera and it produces a mighty 507kW. Not bad for an SUV.
Some diesels may be available later, too, but they no further information will be released on those until VW/Audi/Porsche sort out the Dieselgate disaster.
Some new tech that’ll be available will include Surface Coated brakes which consist of a tungsten-carbide film on the rotors and is said to improve brake performance, increase brake life and reduce brake dust.
There’ll also be the option of the Porsche Sport Chrono package which can reduce the 0-100 time by 0.4 seconds, a four-wheel steering system, an analogue stopwatch and adjustable suspension and rollbars.
Inside, there’s a gorgeous cabin with TFT touchscreens and a virtual cockpit-style instrument cluster.
More information on Australian models is to follow.