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Porsche is baking a new variant of the Cayenne, which it describes as a “high-performance model in the Cayenne product line”. It is based on the Cayenne Turbo Coupe and is currently undergoing final rounds of testing and optimization.
As part of the testing, former racing driver and Porsche brand ambassador Walter Röhrl took the prototype for a spin at the Hockenheimring, accompanied by the factory test driver Lars Kern.
Porsche says that the upcoming new model has been designed and developed to offer “the ultimate in terms of longitudinal and lateral dynamics”. To accomplish this goal, a number of enhancements were made to the chassis and control systems, including the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system. “The PDCC always keeps the body balanced and level even during very spirited cornering,” said Kern.
Kern also said that “compared to the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, the front rims are now half an inch wider, and negative camber has been increased by 0.45 degrees in order to provide a larger contact area for the 22-inch sports tyres newly developed especially for this model”. The new Cayenne model is also getting a new titanium exhaust system with centrally positioned tailpipes.
“The car remains incredibly stable even in fast corners, and its turn-in behaviour is extremely precise. More than ever, you have the feeling that you are sitting in a compact sports car rather than in a large SUV,” commented Röhrl, who was invited by Kern for the test drive.