Background of the Cayenne
The MK1 Porsche Cayenne was first launched way back in 2003, receiving an interesting reception. The fact that Porsche had up until then only produced sports cars, it seemed to be a questionable time for the iconic brand from Stuttgart, who gave the world the incredible Porsche 911. However, in the ever-changing world of automotive, Porsche needed to adapt to changes in what customers wanted and so the Cayenne SUV was born.
The All-new 2018 Cayenne
Unveiled at this year's IAA (Frankfurt International Motor Show) this brand-new 2018 Cayenne may not have the iconic legacy of the superb Porsche 911, yet the Cayenne is a majorly important car, which has been responsible for the continued success Porsche has found itself in. Cars like the Cayenne SUV mean Porsche can continue to give us ultra-impressive models, such as state-of-the-art hyper cars like the ultra-technical Porsche 918 Spyder, and also continue to push the 911 model range to new heights; as seen with the 991.2 GT3, 991 GT3 RS and 991 GT2 RS.
This all new MK3 Cayenne promises to be a car which has the characteristics of Porsche's iconic sports car range are for all to witness.
ExteriorOn first inspection, the new Cayenne is a sleeker, handsome evolution of the MK2 Cayenne from 2010. However, the front end is brand-new and is complimented by new matrix beam LED headlights which give the front end a sharper appearance. Due to a slightly larger profile, the new 2018 Cayenne encapsulates a more muscular, athletic and dynamic appearance, too; a great start in emulating characteristics shown the renown Porsche sports car range.
Elsewhere, new wheels of up to 21 inches in size add to the more imposing presence of this all-new Cayenne. At the rear, a striking light strip joins both rear LED lights to give a stunning evaluation of the car's rear design changes, and finishes the car off nicely.
InteriorWith a slightly larger profile than the model it replaces, the new 2018 Cayenne comes with more space offered amongst the beautifully laid out cabin. Ergonomic in design, the Cayenne also takes into account style from Porsches motorsport heritage – therefore the overall feel for the driver is that of a sports car and not of a large SUV, even down to the style of sports seats which delivers the true Porsche sports car feeling – the Cayenne is indeed a five-door sports car.
The dashboard itself is a lot more minimal and beautifully laid out, with a striking 12.3-inch HD touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, which uses outstanding digital connectivity so you can stay connected to the world around you.
In most SUV’s you will find a thick, bulky steering wheel. Not in the Cayenne. Staying true to the true Porsche sports car feel, a wonderfully slim multifunction 3-spoke sports steering wheel greets the driver once behind the wheel. The rest of the cabin is as you would expect with quality material selection, and crisp detailing.
PerformanceIn the quest to make the Cayenne fit in with the iconic models in the Porsche sports car range, and Porsche expressing how the Cayenne promises to emulate characteristics found in those cars, keen drivers will want to tick the active anti-roll bar set up as it sharpens up the handling for that iconic sports car feel. Also giving that epic sports car feel Porsche are famous for is the integration of Porsche 4D Chassis Control, which analyses pitch, roll and yaw and finds an optimum driving state for ultimate control and driving experience.
The 2018 Cayenne range makes use of an engine selection which offers more power, efficiency and poise. Interestingly, two versions will be available at first with a Cayenne and Cayenne S. The Cayenne will use a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 giving 340hp, whilst the Cayenne S uses a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, which delivers a further 440hp.