What is it?
By now, you’re probably rather familiar with the third-generation Porsche Cayenne. It sits on the same MLB platform as the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7 and Lamborghini Urus — albeit here with a shortened wheelbase — and has even more tech, a revised engine line-up and a cleaner, more luxurious interior than before.
Here, we have the middle-of-the-range Cayenne S, and it’s the first time we’ve driven this particular strain of Cayenne in the UK (you may remember our video review of the Turbo variant from last year).
At its nose sits a 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that churns out a heady 435bhp and 406lb ft of torque, sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. A centre differential allows power to be split between the front and rear axles, while a second differential at the back can split power between whichever rear wheel it determines needs it most.
While the new Cayenne range weighs an average of 60kg less than the second-generation line-up, Porsche’s largest model remains a pretty portly beast; kerb weight is at 2,020kg in S guise. Despite this considerable bulk, that V6 is capable of shifting the Cayenne S to 62mph from a standstill in just 5.2sec and on to a top speed of 164mph.