Porsche's third-generation SUV officially breaks cover.
Porsche introduced the 2019 Cayenne--the third generation of the high-performance family SUV that forever changed the face of Germany's iconic high-performance manufacturer. And while most of us will see it at the Frankfurt Auto Show, we caught up with it at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
Thanks to the underpinnings provided by Volkswagen Group's MLB platform (that shared with other vehicles with longitudinal powertrain layouts, such as the Audi Q5 and Q7), the new Cayenne is nearly 150 pounds lighter right out of the gate.
This leaner and meaner chassis will be initially packaged with two turbocharged powertrains. The entry-level model utilizes a three-liter V6 which produces 340 horsepower and 332lb-ft of torque. The Cayenne S boasts a twin-turbo 2.9L (yes, the "bigger" engine actually displaces less) making 440 horsepower and 406lb-ft. No small upgrade.
All models come with all-wheel-drive standard, and Porsche claims the base car can crack off 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, while the S needs just 4.9. Both models can be made quicker with an available Sport Chrono package; in each case, the upgrade is good for 3/10ths in the 0-60 sprint. In the quarter mile, the base model picks up 2/10ths (14.2 seconds vs. 14.4) and the Cayenne S gains 1/10th (13.2 seconds vs. 13.3).
The new Cayenne is better at stopping too, thanks to a world-exclusive implementation of Porsche's new braking technology. The company claims its new tungsten-carbide-coated brake rotors will both increase friction and reduce wear and dust. The Porsche Surface Coated Brakes package is optional both on the Cayenne and Cayenne S, and will be visually differentiated by a set of white calipers.
For improved dynamics, the new Cayenne is also available with rear-axle steering. At highway speeds, this system is disabled for increased stability.
That not enough performance for you? Do you need to remind the neighbor who just bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that he's not running in the same social circles you are? Well, for that, Porsche offers the Cayenne Turbo.
The Turbo packs two more cylinders and quite a bit more horsepower (550) and torque (567lb-ft). The 4.0L V8 will propel the Cayenne Turbo to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, going on to a top speed 177 MPH. That's not slow.
Outside, the Turbo gets some subtle visual upgrades, including a revised front fascia with unique LED headlamps. In the rear, it's differentiated from the Cayenne S by squared-off exhaust outlets. Inside, you'll find "Turbo" embroidery in the seatbacks, along with some other sporty trim bits.
An adaptive roof spoiler is employed to shorten braking distances and improve stability. Porsche claims the spoiler will make the Turbo stop more than six feet shorter from 155 MPH than it will without it deployed. And speaking of stopping power, the upgraded coated brakes of the Cayenne and Cayenne S come standard on the Turbo, with carbon ceramics available for those who really need to haul it down on off-ramps.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne will start at $66,750; the Cayenne S will start at $83,950 (both include destination) and will be on sale in the U.S. by the middle of next year. The Turbo will set you back $125,650 and will arrive in showrooms a few months later.
Stay tuned for live photos of the Cayenne Turbo from the floor in Frankfurt.