What's in a good name? Well, virtually everything according to most consumers, even the holy books we read declare that a good name is worth much more than gold and silver. And that is absolutely true if some brand names are anything to go by. Some companies enjoy a powerful brand reputation that defines a particular set of feelings for most folks. This is the case with Porsche; a name that has long been in the minds of motor enthusiasts; it is synonymous with speedy sports cars, after all, the 911 is a household name. Hailed as swift and unique, Porsche is one of the names that boast a reputation that attracts a near-religious following. The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is the third generation of Cayennes, and it carries on the Porsche legacy. While the 911 and Boxsters get the fame, this king of the suburb makes the money. They say charity begins at home and that's why the 2019 version was welcomed with a toast of champagne in the Cayenne's homeland, Stuttgart. Let us take a look at how this classy SUV from a company that is not revered for SUVs jumps in to pose a challenge to the big shots of the game.
The charming beauty from Stuttgart goes on sale next year with improved ingredients to the main recipe and an all-new X-factor that will bring a revolution to this beloved car. That said, you can expect more power, less weight, and consequently greater speed. The new Cayenne is also more technologically advanced and is 2.4 inches longer. Still, on the dimensions, it is 0.3 inches shorter and is generally more of a VW at heart than it is a Porsche.
What powers it?
The three models of the 2019 Cayenne are powered by turbocharged V6 and V8 engines although we expect that there will be two hybrids joining the team later on. The base Cayenne has a 3.0-liter turbo V6 that produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque which is a 40-ponies bump in power from the previous model. The kid in the middle is the Cayenne S which uses a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine that gives off 440 horses and 405 lb-ft of torque. The top of the range Cayenne Turbo brags a powerful twin turbo 4.0 liter V8 that produces 550hp and 567 lb-ft of torques allowing it to go from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds.
All the engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmissions and have turbochargers on the inside.
How good are the tech features?
There are a lot of tech features on the menu this time round, both old and new. They include an optional all-wheel steering system, three chamber suspension that can raise or lower the car depending on your selected driving mode. In addition, there is a 12.3' touchscreen in the front accompanied by an even more interesting touchscreen; the dash itself. The old buttons have been replaced by a backlit polished surface that provides tactile feedback when touched.
What makes it a high performance SUV?
Besides the twin turbos and the lower center of gravity, the 2019 Cayenne boasts of new braking technology. Porsche have dubbed it the PSCB which is short for Porsche Surface Coated Brakes. This technology is represented by white brake calipers, and it comes standard with the Cayenne Turbo. It is basically aimed at increasing friction and consequently performance.
How much does it cost?
The base Cayenne will go on sale with a starting MSRP of $66,750 which might compete well with the Cayenne S which starts at $83,950 upon addition of a few optional features. The top-shot is the Cayenne Turbo which starts at $125,650.