It was previewed in Malaysia back in January, and now the third-generation Porsche Cayenne has been officially launched by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP). There are two variants for now – the Cayenne and Cayenne S, featuring new engines and the corresponding upgrade in performance.
The Cayenne packs 340hp and 450Nm of torque from its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine. 0-100 is achieved in 6.2 seconds (or 5.9s if specified with the Sports Chrono option) before reaching a top speed of 245kph. The Cayenne S, meanwhile, comes with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 440hp and 550Nm. It does the century sprint in 5.2 seconds, or 4.9 seconds with the Sports Chrono package. Top speed is 265kph. Yup, fast…
It ought to since it’s extensively based on the 911. The new Cayenne even has different wheel sizes front-rear on top of rear-wheel steering. Of course, the Cayenne has all-wheel drive that comes off its eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, along with other similarities that are standard in both variants that include air suspension, Park Assist, Power Steering Plus, Porsche Communication Management, LED headlights, and the Porsche Advanced Cockpit.
As for claimed fuel consumption, the Cayenne offers 9.0L/100km while the Cayenne S is 9.2L/100km.
On the exterior, the front comes with larger air intakes, a more pronounced bonnet, a new four-point LED design, redesigned door and side mirrors, and new wheel design. New at the rear are the lights’ 3D effects, new apron with integrated diffuser, and an additional 100 litres of boot space (now 770 litres) compared to the previous Cayenne.
Size-wise the new Cayenne gets more in overall length by 63mm while still maintaining the 2,895mm wheelbase. Roof height is less by 9mm compared to before.
As usual there are plenty in the options list to choose from, two of the more interesting includes the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) that offers a variety of light modes (e.g. cornering light and motorway light), or even the better PDLS Plus. The other is the innovative Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PCSB) which is essentially tungsten-carbide coating for the cast iron disc. You can spot them easily by the white-painted callipers. The Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brake (PCCB) is still available of course, and is still the top brake option for Porsche.
The base price for the Cayenne is RM745,000 while the Cayenne S starts from RM890,000. SDAP includes a four-year warranty and free maintenance package (includes service, parts and labour) with these prices. It also includes duties, sans registration fee, road tax ad insurance. Worth noting that the prices are also following the zero GST rate; thus applicable for purchases delivered before 31 August 2018.