I’ve woken up to a press release from Porsche telling me all about the new Cayenne GTS. No doubt this will be a superb car but what caught my eye was hidden at the end of the text – Porsche has also announced a new entry level Cayenne, and it looks impressive.
Now, the original base Cayenne was, to my mind, a bit of a disappointment with its lacklustre 250bhp 3.6-litre V6 engine. It made (and still does with a second-hand purchase) much more sense to go for the V8-powered Cayenne S which offered much better performance with little difference in fuel economy.
This new Cayenne, though, sounds much more appealing. It’s still got a 3.6-litre V6 but it now produces a worthwhile 300bhp; enough to propel the big 4×4 to 62mph in just 7.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph, while returning 31mpg combined, thanks to fuel saving measures such as start-stop and coasting.
You’re not lacking in specification, either, with the new V6 Cayenne coming as standard with bi-xenon headlights, four-point LED daytime driving lights, a multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle switches and an automatic boot lid.
It could just be all the Cayenne you need. Especially with prices starting at £49,576, which is more than £10,000 less than the Cayenne S and almost half the price of a Cayenne Turbo!