Back in 2003, when Porsche announced the Cayenne SUV. Angry Porsche fans simply wouldn’t have it, a Porsche SUV was as ludicrous as the idea itself. The Cayenne, however, turned out to be a masterstroke, not for 911 customer, but for people who were looking to buy a great premium SUV. It turned out to be very quick and extremely good to drive, but most importantly it was Porsche’s money plant being one of the top selling Porsches ever made. The thing is that while Porsche keeps making faster 911’s, Boxster and Caymans, it's the Cayenne sales that support these endeavors. And it helps that it is bloody good at what it does. The new Cayenne as is usually the case with Porsche has a striking resemblance to its predecessor. Although it is an entirely new car, based on a new platform that is wider and longer than any car in the previous generations. It has larger intakes in the front and a thin horizontal light bar at the back. Cosmetically that’s all there is on the new car. Under that is where Porsche got serious, the lighter aluminum chassis cut almost 70 kilos from the outgoing SUV, the Cayenne also uses staggered front and rear tire sizes, a new air suspension, and the Volkswagen Group’s trick 48-volt electrical chassis system.
There will be two trims on offer for the new Cayenne a single-turbo 3.0-liter V6, and the Cayenne S, with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6. The single charged Cayenne is slated to make about 340 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque and does zero to 100 kmph in 5.9 seconds; its twin-charged sibling puts out 440 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque and clears the ton in a staggering 4.9 seconds, or 4.6 seconds with the Sports Chrono package. The power makes it to wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission which is now standard across the lineup, it also gets four different off-road settings, which make mud-thrashing a breeze.