The new Cayenne of­fers a flaw­less mar­riage of panache, per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity

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The New Porsche Cayenne swoops across our pages with its flaw­less mar­riage of panache and per­for­mance.

Since its en­try into the lux­ury SUV mar­ket in 2003 Porsche has been man­u­fac­tur­ing sports crossover ve­hi­cles that have re­de­fined the mar­que in terms of style, per­for­mance and qual­ity.

The per­fect mar­riage of panache, per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity, with its lat­est ve­hi­cle, the new Cayenne, the sports-car gi­ant of­fers driv­ers an ex­cep­tional SUV ex­pe­ri­ence that once more as­serts the brand's mar­ket-lead­ing cre­den­tials. The Cayenne builds upon its pedi­gree and the rapid ad­vances in au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy and fea­tures a new chas­sis, new en­gines, com­pletely over­hauled in­te­rior and com­ing soon its first Hy­brid model.

The new Cayenne fol­lows the nor­mal Porsche prac­tice of be­ing avail­able in Stan­dard, S and Turbo ver­sions with a hy­brid and diesel ver­sion set for launch later in 2018 in se­lected mar­kets.

With dis­tinc­tive styling and a host of personalisation op­tions each model of­fers sump­tu­ous in­te­ri­ors, class-lead­ing tech, an ex­hil­a­rat­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance.

The 340 HP stan­dard model has a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V6 en­gine with di­rect fuel in­jec­tion, vari­able valve tim­ing and a vari­able res­o­nance in­take man­i­fold that to­gether help boost fuel econ­omy and re­duce emis­sions by 20 per­cent. The Cayenne S boasts an ex­tra 100 HP whilst the top-of-the-range V8 twin-turbo model gen­er­ates a whop­ping 550 HP that, via the ex­cep­tional eight-speed Tip­tronic S gear­box pro­pels the Cayenne Turbo to a top speed of 286 KPH and to 100 KPH in just 4.1 se­conds. The Cayenne is pre­dictable and ca­pa­ble in any con­di­tions and, de­spite be­ing slightly big­ger than the pre­vi­ous model, it loses weight. This not only helps with per­for­mance gains but also im­proves bal­ance and han­dling par­tic­u­larly when the Sports mode is se­lected of­fer­ing ex­tra sus­pen­sion stiff­ness and more rapid gear changes.

Four-wheel steer­ing is also avail­able as an op­tional ex­tra, an ad­di­tion that in­creases high-speed sta­bil­ity and adds low-speed precision. The ride height is ad­justable but for com­mit­ted off-road­ers the off-road pack is highly rec­om­mended.

The new in­te­ri­ors and tech­nol­ogy are as im­pres­sive as the driv­e­train. Us­ing high-qual­ity dense plas­tics and sup­ple leathers Porsche has de­signed a ver­sa­tile and sporty cabin, but one that

is prac­ti­cal, well-ap­pointed and ef­fi­cient. For added lux­ury add the ex­tended leather pack or dis­cus the be­spoke op­tions with the dealer.

The gi­ant touch and swipe 12.3in touch­screen in the cen­tre of the dash­board fea­tures clear graph­ics and is very re­spon­sive, be it in map­ping or in­fo­tain­ment mode. In fact, the clar­ity ex­tends to all the con­trols, in­clud­ing the steer­ing wheel-mounted switch­ing, which is in­tu­itive and sim­ple to op­er­ate. Smart­phone in­te­gra­tion fea­tures Ap­ple Carplay and the Porsche app.

For style, per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity, the new Cayenne is the SUV 2018 bench­mark.

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