Fast, light Cayenne a prac­ti­cal SUV

Albany Advertiser - - MOTORING - Ewan Kennedy

The third-gen­er­a­tion Porsche Cayenne was an­nounced at a ma­jor spe­cial event in the Ger­man com­pany’s home city of Stuttgart.

Vir­tu­ally an all-new de­sign, it of­fers in­creased per­for­mance not only be­cause of im­proved en­gines, but also be­cause clever en­gi­neer­ing has re­duced its weight.

Fol­low­ing the 911 and the Panam­era, the body of the Cayenne uses a com­bi­na­tion of al­loy and steel. The ex­te­rior is made of alu­minium. The floor­pan as­sem­bly, front sec­tion and vir­tu­ally all the chas­sis com­po­nents are man­u­fac­tured from al­loy.

A lithium-ion poly­mer starter battery ac­counts for a weight sav­ing of 10kg over the pre­de­ces- sor. The ap­pear­ance of the Cayenne is evo­lu­tion­ary rather than rev­o­lu­tion­ary, which is very much the hall­mark of all Porsche de­sign.

“Don’t mess with the 911” has been a threat from purist own­ers for many decades and that now car­ries over to the hugely suc­cess­ful Cayenne range.

The gen-three Cayenne is a touch lower than the out­go­ing model but has a wider look cre­ated by a dis­tinctly hor­i­zon­tal grille and lights.

There are larger air in­takes at the front. It goes with­out say­ing that there are hints to the shape of the iconic 911 front and rear.

In pro­file it is sleek with­out be­ing ag­gres­sively so in the man­ner of some coupe-like shapes of oth­ers in the high-per­for­mance SUV seg­ment. Ini­tially, two sig­nif­i­cantly re­vised six-cylin­der en­gines will be avail­able.

The 3.0-litre unit turbo in the en­try Cayenne de­liv­ers 250kW, up 29kW from the pre­vi­ous model.

Then the Cayenne S with its 2.9litre V6 biturbo en­gine pro­duces 324kW (+15kW). Us­ing the op­tional Sport Chrono Pack­age, it ac­cel­er­ates from zero to 100km/h in just 4.9 sec­onds — keep in mind this is a prac­ti­cal SUV with the abil­ity to do semi-se­ri­ous off-road work.

This sort of per­for­mance is not just be­cause of im­proved en­gines, the new eight-speed Tip­tronic S gear­box plays a ma­jor part, too.

It has faster re­sponse times and sportier ra­tios in the lower gears and an ex­panded spread be­tween com­fort and sporti­ness. The over- drive high gears re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions as well as mak­ing tour­ing more re­lax­ing.

In a sport­ing fash­ion the third edi­tion of the Cayenne now has mixed tyre sizes and rear-axle steer­ing for the first time.

On-road ca­pa­bil­ity is en­hanced by ac­tive all-wheel-drive, Porsche 4D Chas­sis Con­trol, three-cham­ber air sus­pen­sion and the Porsche Dy­namic Chas­sis Con­trol elec­tronic roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem.

There is an ac­tive all-wheeldrive sys­tem in all Cayenne mod­els. The in­tel­li­gent, fully vari­able Porsche Trac­tion Man­age­ment dis­trib­utes the driv­ing force be­tween the drive axles.

For the first time, the Cayenne is avail­able with elec­tric rear-axle steer­ing as pre­vi­ously seen in the 911 and Panam­era. The adap­tive air sus­pen­sion with new three­cham­ber tech­nol­ogy sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the spread be­tween sporty and com­fort. It also en­ables ad­just­ments to the ground clear­ance on rough ter­rain.

The new Cayenne is al­ways on­line if the driver wants it.

The ex­panded Con­nect Plus ser­vices are avail­able through the in­te­grated LTE-en­abled SIM card.

In­for­ma­tion con­tained in this press re­lease supplied by Porsche Aus­tralia re­lates to Euro­pean mod­els only. Pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the Cayenne and Cayenne S for Aus­tralia have not been fi­nalised and there­fore will not be an­nounced un­til early in 2018.

Aus­tralian de­liv­er­ies will be­gin from mid-2018.

Lower, sleeker and faster, the new Porsche Cayenne is an im­pres­sive sports SUV.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The third edi­tion of the Cayenne now has mixed tyre sizes and rear-axle steer­ing.

The new Cayenne is al­ways on­line if the driver wants it.

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