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new cayenne takes after its iconic sibling the 911

New Cayenne takes after its iconic sibling; the 911

Larger, lighter, faster and pricier… all the usual suspects with a new luxury SUV

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Dinesh Appavu

10 Jul 2018

Porsche’s Cayenne is the de facto benchmark for premium performance SUVs. It’s been around long enough to prove its chops and gets better at everything expected of it with each refresh. The new third gen launched today is no different.

Two variants have been made available by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP); the guardians of the marque here. The Cayenne S leads the pack with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 440hp and 550Nm of torque to kill the century sprint in 5.2-seconds or 4.9-seconds with Sport Chrono pack. V-max is 265kph.

Below it sits the Cayenne with the older 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 good for 340hp and 450Nm of torque. That helps it zip to 100kph in 6.2-seconds which can be cut to 5.9-seconds with the optional Sport Chrono kit. It tops out at 245kph.

All-wheel drive is obviously standard and a new eight-speed transmission includes shorter ratios in the lower gears for improved performance and a longer eight ratio for better fuel consumption while cruising.

For the first time, the Cayenne takes a few leaves out of its 911 sibling’s book. This includes a mixed tyre setup, rear-axle steering and electronic roll-stabilisation.

Right from the design stage, the chassis had to support three concepts in one; sports car, off-roader and touring car. This resulted in a new lightweight chassis that is 65kg lighter than its predecessor with a front axle featuring a separated link design and a multi-link rear axle. Further emphasising the sporty nature is a new mixed tyres setup with wider rear rubbers.

This is the basis from which the Porsche 4D Chassis Control system functions; including the active PASM damper system that is standard on the Cayenne S. Optional adaptive air suspension with a new three-chamber technology. The 48V electronic roll-stability system brings quicker response times to the table over the hydraulic system.

Visually, the sporty element is boldened. Cues such as enlarged air intakes and new horizontal light edges mean that it now appears wider and more athletic. The wheelbase remains the same at 2,895mm although the length grew by 63mm. A sleeker silhouette is achieved with a drop in height by nine millimetres. Lastly, it borrows from the 911 with a LED strip linking the taillights together. With the increased dimensions, luggage space has grown by 100-litres to 770-litres.

Every Cayenne now is fitted with LED headlights as standard whereas the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) is optional.

Off-roading is still very much on the cards with Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks all terrain options together with the default Onroad setting that is governed by the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) distributing driving force between the axles.

New to the Cayenne is the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB). This is available as an option and consists of a cast iron disc with a tungsten-carbide coating. However, the PCCB ceramic brakes remain the top dog in the range.

The cabin receives the 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen from the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). Only the main functions are granted analogue controls on the console while the rest are integrated into the glass-look touch surface. Driving information comes from the central analogue tachometer flanked by two 7.0-inch displays that can be customised with the relevant information preferred by the driver.

Zero-rated GST pricing is RM890,000 for the Cayenne S and RM745,000 for the Cayenne. These are base prices and will only be applicable until 31 August 2018. Porsche 360 financing is available and serves as an alternative to conventional financing that reduces monthly payments by up to 30 per cent.

All cars sold by SDAP come with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labour.