Porsche’s third generation SUV is brand spanking new (if you look closely), and supposedly more “911-ish” than ever. Welcome to the all new 2019 Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne S.
It’s apparently been on a diet. A completely aluminum construction and chassis, currently found on the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, are new to the Cayenne. The new body is 143 pounds lighter. Porsche even put in a lithium-ion polymer starter battery, carving off an extra 22 pounds.
Humming a 911 theme, rear axle steering will be available. Porsche is adding a 48-volt electrical system to the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) for increased responsiveness between driving modes. They’re also staggering the tires (ranging from 19″ to 21″), ensuring a sportier feel through the bends.
Power plant choices? You can opt for a pleasant 3.0L single turbocharged V6, producing 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Or you can “grow some” and get the Cayenne S, blessed with a 2.9L twin-turbo V6, 440 horsepower, and 406 lb-ft of torque. It’ll reach 60 miles per hour in a rather brisk (for an SUV, mind you) 4.9 seconds. Trap speed on a quarter mile clocks the Cayenne S in at 13.3 seconds. Top speed sits at 164 miles per hour.
The interior has gone “Panamera”, with the same 12.3-inch display. It’s smart. It will probably call for reservations at Nobu and order for you. If it doesn’t, it should. Paired with the new display are dual 7-inch in-dash full-HD screens, flanking the tachometer. They display relevant driving data that can be selected and changed with with the multi-function steering wheel. It’s a brilliant addition to the driver controls.
The biggest news is Porsche’s all new Porsche Surface Coated Brakes. This “world’s first” adds a tungsten-carbide finish for increased friction and stopping power, teamed with glossy white calipers. They look great, but will probably be “brake dust beige” after five thousand miles.
Porsche has always been able release money from captivity. This time, expect an extra $6,700 to leave your wallet. Base vehicles start at $65,700, and the S model will set you back at least $82,900, not including the $1,050 delivery fee.