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Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

9tro finds out if the all-new third generation Cayenne continues to set the bar in sporty SUVs!

Date Published: 07 Sep 2018
Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

Singapore - Performance orientated SUVs are no longer a niche market as almost every continental brand has a variant that will cater to drivers that want a really fast, relatively practical, massive utility vehicle. The latest to join the fray being Lamborghini’s Urus and Rolls-Royce’s Cullinan, which blend luxurious environs into the equation.

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

This brings us back to the Porsche Cayenne, though not a pioneer in this segment but has been widely regarded as the industry benchmark for sporty SUVs. Now to stay ahead of the competition, Porsche has just launched the third generation Cayenne that’s leaner, meaner and more importantly packs a slew of tricks that bring the SUV closer to a sports car.

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

On the outside, Porsche has made subtle nips and tucks that do wonders to the overall look of the Cayenne. Most obvious would be the trapezoidal grille whose horizontal slats are now more pronounced. At the rear, you get the uniform light strip that links the tail-lamps inline with the current 911 models. The Cayenne is also a few millimetres lower and wider than before.

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

However its what’s underneath the metal that makes the new Cayenne even better than the model it replaces. There’s a new adaptive roof spoiler that automatically adjusts itself accordingly for added downforce or as an air brake when the situation arises.

Topping that off is a new Porsche surface coated braking system, rear axle steering and a three-chamber air suspension. The one we are driving today is the mid-ranged Cayenne S that features a 434hp twin-turbo V6 paired to a eight-speed automatic transmission (not PDK though) that turns all four wheels.

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

Porsche Cayenne S - Big & Black!

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