Fifteen years has had a rather profound evolutionary effect on the Cayenne Turbo, the original super-SUV that was potent in its abilities yet divisive among purists.

For 2018, Porsche’s flagship SUV is now not only considerably easier on the eye but also far more technologically sophisticated and brutally quick in a straight line and on a challenging stretch of road. However, where the Cayenne once distinguished itself against its immediate rivals with its heightened ability to truly engage and enthral keen drivers, the same isn’t necessarily true of this new one.

As impressive as ever, but not quite the driver’s car it once was

Some of that fervid temperament and dynamic prowess has been toned down in a bid to broaden the Cayenne’s appeal; to help sell it to those who still want a devastatingly quick SUV but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, refinement or practicality.

Although such an approach will pay dividends when it comes to filling Porsche’s coffers and enabling the future development of its bona fide driver’s cars, a degree of what helped the Cayenne stand out for us has subsided as a result.