Marhaba Motoring Reviews the New Generation Porsche Cayenne
The new generation Cayenne has been completely re-engineered despite receiving only mild tweaks to its exterior design. Underneath the skin changes are much more profound, with this Cayenne based on a lighter and more contemporary platform, an aluminium body structure, 48V electrical system and redesigned interior with added smoother and better connectivity options. It doesn’t look it, but the new Cayenne really is “All-New”!
The first models, the Cayenne and Cayenne S, both run newly developed V6 engines with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive that has five driving modes to suit the terrain: On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks. Together the new technologies make the new Cayenne an utter, thrilling joy to drive. Enjoy the performance, the acceleration, the manoeuvrability, the suspension that always gives you a comfortable ride while keeping it glued to the road.
That’s ‘just’ the Cayenne; what about the Cayenne S and, we can only dream, the other models soon to arrive.
This is the third-generation Porsche Cayenne and looks quite similar to the second-generation car – which was also not far removed from the original. However, with more than three-quarters of a million Cayennes sold since 2002, Porsche doesn’t mess with success. It improves it. Look at the 911 and it’s still distinctive, with a still utterly desirable shape.
There are many SUVs. But only one where you can breathe in the motorsports atmosphere just from entering it. High quality, sporty, ergonomic. Admire the ascending centre console with the new glass surface and touch-sensitive controls; compact gear selector; 12-inch high-res touchscreen taking pride of place on the flat and wide dashboard; analogue rev counter in the middle of the instrument cluster between two high-res screens displaying maps and instruments; highest quality materials and finishing; exquisite luxury, and – lots of space!
The new Cayenne delivers good value plus significant steps forward in every important area; it looks to be the new SUV class leader.
So, re-engineered, restyled and updated, but still typically Porsche; there is such a wealth of technical information to talk about, but the best way to continue this voyage of discovery is to talk to the informative staff at the Porsche Centre at The Pearl-Qatar. There, after a test drive, you will not only know it, but you will feel it. And there is a good chance, like me, you’ll be converted.
ENGINE New 3.0 litre turbo V6 (also available new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 in the S)
MAX POWER 340 hp (250 kW), 440 hp in the S
MAX TORQUE 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) @ 1,340 – 4,900 rpm, 550 Nm in the S
MAX SPEED 245 kph. 152 mph
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 5.9 secs; 4.9 secs in the S
TRANSMISSION New eight-speed twin-clutch tiptronic automatic (RWD and AWD)
EXTERIOR Changes to the front grille and rear lights distinguish the new Cayenne which certainly looks as strong, tough and dynamic as any potential SUV rival, and with its unique roofline it gives the huge added bonus of actually looking – and performing – like a sports car
INTERIOR The new Cayenne is stunning inside, crafted from sumptuous materials, seamlessly integrated technology and with considerable style; what can you want more from a car in this price range and giving so much value; it’s impeccably appointed, intuitive and with the smooth 12-inch touchscreen you are as smartly connected – to smartphone, navigation, radio, music – as anyone will need; the Cayenne’s cabin is simply a triumph
SAFETY/SECURITY Every system – suspension, chassis, cabin and power delivery – has been re-engineered to enhance performance and driver satisfaction, and at the same time to strengthen the active and passive safety capabilities of an awesome driving machine: a sports car for five!
WHERE CAN I SEE IT
The friendly and informative staff at the Porsche Centre (Al Boraq Auto) at Medina Centrale, on The Pearl-Qatar, will be pleased to explain all and even arrange a test drive of the latest Cayenne or any of its sports cars and sports SUVs for Marhaba readers and followers. Call 4459 9666 or visit Porsche Centre Doha website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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