What is it?
It's the recently tweaked Porsche 4x4. This is the mid-range S model, which now has a 4.8-litre V8 rather than the old 4.5. Power is 380bhp, and torque 369lb ft (up from 310).
The Cayenne has been massaged visually (though to our eye it's still no looker), but it's what's gone on under the skin that really counts.
The engine now has more efficient direct injection, and the chassis has been altered. There is also a sturdier transmission and revised brakes.
What's it like?
Ugly on the outside (the 18in wheels look tiny), really rather pleasant on the inside. The cabin is beautifully crafted and very well laid out, although we were disappointed by the lack of steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
We soon forgot about the (really quite good) stereo, however, and concentrated on the driving.
When you’re wafting about town with the optional air suspension (coil springs are standard) set in 'comfort' mode, the Cayenne is a docile companion. The steering is light and accurate, and the optional Tiptronic auto 'box slurs shifts effectively. Even in 'normal' mode the ride is well-cushioned, and body control good for a two-tonne 4x4. Our only complaint is that it can feel slow to get going at points (yes, even with 380bhp and 369lb ft).