When it comes to mid-size luxury crossover sports utility vehicles (SUV), the Porsche Cayenne is one of Porsche’s pride and joy. This comes just weeks after the release of another Porsche classic, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
While the Porsche Cayenne isn’t really a supercar, it deserves recognition for carrying the first V8 engine built by Porsche since 1995. It is also Porsche’s first ever off-road sports car as well as being the first Porsche to carry four doors.
There are two variants for the Porsche Cayenne, mainly the base Cayenne and the Cayenne S. The base model features a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged engine while the Cayenne S carries a 2.9 litre V6 twin-turbocharged under its hood.
With 340hp and 450Nm of torque, the Cayenne can hit 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 245km/h. Meanwhile, the Cayenne S has 440hp and 550Nm of torque, hitting o-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds while topping out at 265km/h.
Making its way onto the streets since 2002, the third-generation Porsche Cayenne features a redesigned handling system. Both models will have an all-new chassis system with 4D-Chassis Control, rear axle steering and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). To further enhance its handling capabilities, it also comes with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB).
To the laymen, these terms may seem complex and confusing. The PDCC is an active antiroll system, suppressing lateral body movement when taking corners. This not only improves the overall performance of both the Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne S, it also allows the passengers to ride with comfort and ease.
The PASM is an electronic active damping system, assisting the car by responding to varying road conditions and/or driving styles. Lastly, the PSCB is a new technology from Porsche, replacing the usual ceramic brakes with a mixture of tungsten and carbon. Ten times harder than cast iron, it renders brake dust and rust nonexistent and doesn’t require any braking pads.
The technology in the all-new Porsche Cayenne houses a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, which connects to the Porsche Communication Management system. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit also carries two seven-inch displays that sit beside the analogue tachometer.
In terms of performance, design, handling, and technology, the Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne S are up to date with the latest in automotive innovations. While it is an SUV, the Porsche Cayenne is capable of firing on all cylinders while maintaining its subtle and minimalistic appeal. It trounces the previous generations of Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne S, making it a more rounded utility vehicle with a greater performance rating to boot.