The Sleek and Sporty Third-Generation Porsche Cayenne Arrives on Philippine Soil

April 7, 2018

In August of last year, Porsche revealed the third-generation Cayenne. Now, the latest iteration finally makes its way to the Philippines. Porsche Philippines yesterday unveiled the Mk III Cayenne at the North Court, Power Plant Mall in Makati City.

Looking sleeker and shaper, the latest version of the Porsche SUV takes its fair of tech and styling cues from the German sports car brand’s rich heritage. Take for instance the front and rear ends, which won’t look out of place on a 911. Then there are the staggered wheel sizes, with the rears being wider than those up front. This is a first for the SUV as such a setup has previously been available only on high performance sports cars.

While the new Cayenne draws from its sports car lineage, Porsche has not forgotten that its offering is still a family-friendly SUV. Thus the increased length and width that provide an equally larger cargo area. The new cargo hold now takes in 770L of whatever owners wish to store back there. Needless to say, a storage space organizer allows clutter to be packed neatly in place.

Moreover, the cabin’s main highlight is the Digital Display with a large 12.3-inch screen that lets the driver in on all pertinent vehicle data. Just as with any Porsche, the analogue tachometer sits proudly at the center, flanked by two customizable 7-inch screens on either side. And there is the Porsche Communication Management system that keeps occupants entertained and connected while on the go.

Under the sleek hood are three available engines. The base Cayenne gets a 3.0-liter turbo V6 that has an output of 340hp and 450Nm, good for a 6.2-second 0-100kph sprint and a 245kph top speed. The Cayenne S with its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 motor produces 440hp and 550Nm, allowing the car to go from rest to 100kph in 5.2 seconds then on to a top speed of 265kph. Finally, the Cayenne Turbo has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that packs 550hp and 770Nm of twist, capable of hitting the century mark from a standstill in 4.1 ticks.

Apart from the grunt, the new Cayenne is also about sharp handling and driving dynamics—both on- and off-road. The multi-material chassis makes it lighter and more nimble. Four-wheel steering, meanwhile, gives it a smaller turning radius and improved cornering abilities.  And of course, all-wheel drive means you can take your Cayenne out on any terrain.

While many thought that the Cayenne was a sacrilege of the Porsche brand when it first came out in the early 2000s, the SUV has become one of the marque’s best-selling models.  The new Porsche Cayenne is now available at Porsche Philippines showrooms in Alabang, Global City, Greenhills, and Cebu.

Photos: Paolo Lesaca

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.