Text and photos by Eric Tipan
After acing its endurance test on the sands of Oman and flashing its racecar pedigree on the Sepang International Circuit, one of Porsche’s best-selling models has finally made its way to the Philippines.
Porsche Philippines proudly unveiled the highly anticipated third-generation Cayenne that sports a handsome exterior redesign, an opulent cabin makeover and a host of smaller yet more powerful engines.
Longer and wider than before, the 2018 Cayenne has also increased boot space by 100 liters for a total of 770. It comes with larger wheels and wider rear tires for a sportier look and better traction.
The hood bears subtle lines to create texture but the bulbous shoulders last seen on the E1 model (first generation) have now been reduced for that sleek new look.
Its profile comes with more character from the conspicuous and higher-than-normal centerline that extends from the front fender all the way to the rear, but its best exterior features the slim wraparound taillights on each side of the spelled-out Porsche marque.
For weight savings, Porsche used a multi-material mix of aluminum and steel on the interior chassis components and floorplan assembly, plus swapping standard batteries with a lithium-ion polymer starter.
In the cabin is Porsche’s Advanced Cockpit that comes with two seven-inch full-HD screens that show the driver various data selectable using the multi-function steering wheel.
The infotainment system is controlled by a 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen that uses the latest version of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). It responds to voice control or via the analog controls on the revamped center console.
Three engine options are made available in the Philippines:a 3-litre V6 turbocharged engine with 340 HP and a torque of 450 Nm, capable of 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 245 km/h; a 2.9-litre V6 twin turbo engine that produces 440 HP and 550 Nm torque, capable of 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 265 km/h; and a 4.0L V8 twin turbo engine that delivers 550 HP and 770 Nm torque, capable of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.
For improved off-road and hauling performance, it uses a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox instead of Porsche’s dual-clutch transmission, and it also comes with pre-programmed drive modes, on and off the road, for easy driver selection.
A first for the all-new Cayenne is optional rear-axle steering borrowed from the 911 and the Panamera for sports car-like cornering and stability when making lane changes at high speed.
“A globally successful model, the Cayenne is the epitome of a Sport Utility Vehicle with the power and character of a sports car. This third-generation Cayenne further elevates the Porsche experience with its new turbocharged engines, three-chamber air suspension, and innovative digital cockpit display,” said Roberto Coyiuto III, Porsche Philippines Chief Executive Officer.