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New third gen­er­a­tion Cayenne is launched. Frank­furt de­but for 991 GT3 Tour­ing. Porsche in F1 re­turn shock. New car­bon fi­bre wheels for 911 Turbo. Porsche diesel re­call. 908 racer de­sign ex­er­cise

The Cayenne was once con­tro­ver­sial. But with fully 760,000 ex­am­ples sold since its in­tro­duc­tion in 2002, it's now hard to imag­ine the mod­ern Porsche fam­ily with­out this full-sized SUV. Wel­come, there­fore, to the third-gen­er­a­tion and all-new Cayenne. The lat­est model is lighter, faster, more ef­fi­cient, more spa­cious and gen­er­ally more ad­vanced. A bet­ter car in every quan­tifi­able way, then.

What's more, Porsche's head hon­cho Oliver Blume reck­ons the new Cayenne bor­rows more from the iconic 911 model than ever be­fore. The ma­jor re­vi­sions and ad­di­tions with the new Cayenne start a switch to a new high-volt­age 48V elec­tri­cal sys­tem. That en­ables a whole raft of new tech­nolo­gies, from mas­sively up­dated hy­brid pow­er­train sys­tems to more ad­vanced chas­sis con­trol tech­nol­ogy. What's more, it sits on an en­tirely new plat­form, known in­ter­nally at VW par­ent com­pany as MLB. It's the same core ar­chi­tec­ture used in mul­ti­ple VW Group SUVS, in­clud­ing the lat­est Audi Q7, the Bent­ley Ben­tayga, the up­com­ing new VW Touareg and in­deed the yet-to-be launched Lam­borgh­ini Urus.

Over­all, the new plat­form has al­lowed Porsche to shave around 65kg off the Cayenne's kerb weight de­spite be­ing slightly larger over­all than the out­go­ing sec­ond-gen model and of­fer­ing in­creased equip­ment and power lev­els. The new model is 63mm longer than be­fore at 4918mm, though over­all height has re­duced a whisker at 1694mm.

As for en­gines, at launch Porsche is lim­it­ing the of­fer­ing to a pair of petrol mod­els based on the new turbo V6 motor first seen in the Panamera and also used ex­ten­sively through­out the VW Group. The base petrol Cayenne offers 335bhp and 332lb ft, and thus around 40bhp more than the old 3.6-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V6. The Cayenne S runs a more pow­er­ful turbo V6 crank­ing out 434bhp and 405lb ft. Porsche is claim­ing a zero to 62mph sprint in 5.2 sec­onds and a top speed of 165mph for the Cayenne S.

Over the com­ing months, Porsche will

wheel out a slew of even more pow­er­ful mod­els in­clud­ing a pair of plug-in hy­brids with sim­i­lar petrol-elec­tric pow­er­trains to the 455bhp Panamera E-hy­brid and 666bhp Panamera Turbo S E-hy­brid. There will also be a mon­ster Cayenne Turbo packing a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and a power out­put in the neigh­bour­hood of 550hp.

But what of diesel mod­els, you ask, cur­rently the big­gest sell­ers in the UK? What with the VW Diesel­gate scan­dal and reg­u­la­tory is­sues in the Ger­man mar­ket, Porsche has yet to un­veil any dieselpow­ered vari­ants, but they will likely ar­rive within the next six months.

In­side, the all-new cabin offers shades of the lat­est Panamera in­te­rior but with a more rugged, prac­ti­cal am­bi­ence. It also shares the same stun­ning 12.3-inch cen­tral touch­screen and Porsche Ad­vanced Cock­pit in­fo­tain­ment in­ter­face as the Panamera and, like­wise, the slick cen­tre con­sole con­trol panel with ca­pac­ity touch con­trols. Lug­gage space has in­creased by around 100 litres to fully 770 litres, too.

Fur­ther high­lights in­clude a switch from hy­draulic to elec­tri­cal con­trol for the Porsche Dy­namic Chas­sis Con­trol (PDCC) roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem and a world-first in­tro­duc­tion of tung­sten-car­bide coated iron brake discs, known as Porsche Sur­face Coated Brake (PSCB) and sig­ni­fied by white brake calipers, they im­prove brak­ing per­for­mance but re­duce wear and dust. Porsche's PCCB ce­ramic brakes re­main the top brake op­tion. Prices for the new Cayenne start at £55,965 and the order books are open now.

The new third­gen­er­a­tion Cayenne is big­ger yet lighter than the out­go­ing model. Launch mod­els are all petrol V6, ei­ther N/A or tur­bocharged. V8s and V8 Hy­brids will fol­low top­ping out with a 550bhp Cayenne Turbo S. There will be diesels, too, but less in the way of fan­fair

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