The iconic 911 sportscar may be first choice of many Porsche fans, but when you’re planning a family, you need to future-proof your investment. That’s where the New Third Generation Cayenne is a fast favourite, says Brenda Ward.
“In the beginning, I looked around and I could not find quite the car I dreamed of,” said Ferdinand Porsche. “So, I decided to build it myself.”
Seventy years later, Porsche’s dream lives on in a range of sexy performance cars. However, at some time in our lives, we find ourselves with kids to transport, golf-clubs to throw in, camping gear to load, and boats to tow.
Suddenly, you need a performance sportscar for five.
Porsche’s new Cayenne rolls together the power of a sportscar, with the comfort of a wide, luxurious SUV and the efficiency of the latest in technology.
It’s one of the best-looking SUVs on the market.
Some would call the body brutish, with its height and hunkered-down profile. Others note its relationship to its smaller sisters, with vestiges of their ribbon lines, a high-speed stability bar, touches of brushed aluminium, and elegant grills.
There are three models to cater for all tastes:
- The Cayenne with a 3.0-litre single-turbo V6 engine, starting at NZ$147,800.
- The Cayenne S with a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, starting at NZ$187,800.
- The Cayenne Turbo with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, starting at NZ$261,200.
The passionate Porsche driver can then go to town upgrading wheels tyres, interior and exterior features. Using the Porsche configurator, you can build your dream car to your exact specifications.
A dream on the track
I did a lap of the Highland Park circuit last year in its predecessor. The car accelerated lightning-fast along the straights, was rock-solid through the chicanes, and roared through the trees to emerge triumphant past the pits.
So, what’s new with the 2018 model?
Well, Porsche started again from scratch with the engines in the three models, completely redesigning them for the future. There’s the new 250kW turbo V6 in the Cayenne, and the twin-turbo V6 in the S, delivering 324kW.
The turbo-chargers are located between the cylinder banks on both drive units, for a faster response.
And twin-scroll turbines are used in the 404kW V8 Turbo, promising high torque even at low speeds.
Inside, there’s the Porsche Advanced Cockpit control concept. The centre console with Direct Touch Control features an interface in glass with touch-sensitive buttons for direct access to the most important functions, among them, the compact gear selector.
Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) improves efficiency and driving performance, with air intake flaps integrated into the air inlets.
I test-drove the new base model on the winding roads around Puhoi, north of Auckland, and in the clogged traffic of the northern motorway at rush hour.
On the twists and turns of SH1 with the suspension in Sport, it locked onto the corners and breezed tightly round them, smoothly and effortlessly, and without body roll. On passing lanes, it accelerated in seconds and roared past the trucks.
On the northern motorway, as traffic inched past the on-ramps, I could have been sitting in my living room in a comfortable chair. The music was great, the sun was setting, the world was a beautiful place. I could see why you might invest in quality, right there.
The e-Hybrid is on its way
But if you really want to future-proof your car, you might consider looking at the e-Hybrid which is available to order now, priced from NZ$172,000.
It has a V6-electic plug-in hybrid powertrain with enviable acceleration, whether it’s running on fuel or battery power, and has a 44km battery range.
For more information or a test-drive, contact Continental Cars Porsche.
P. (09) 526 8991.
First published 20 August, 2018
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