SDAP launches third-gen Porsche Cayenne in Malaysia; priced from RM745k for Cayenne and RM890k for Cayenne S with zero-rated GST

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has just launched the third generation Porsche Cayenne here in Malaysia. The new car is a complete new development from ground up, combining typical Porsche performance with excellent everyday practicality. Comfort and sportiness is taken to another level with new, powerful turbo engines, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, and new chassis systems together with new connectivity features.

For now, the new Cayenne is available in two variants – Cayenne and Cayenne S. While the former sports a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 with 340 hp and 450 Nm, the latter gets a smaller but more powerful 2.9 litre twin-turbocharged V6 with 440 hp and 550 Nm. They complete the century sprint in 6.2 seconds and 5.2 seconds, with Sport Chrono Package shaving off several tenths more, and on towards a vmax of 245 km/h and 265 km/h respectively.

Also new is the eight-speed Tiptronic S box that gives shorter response time and sportier ratios in the lower gears. On the longer transmissions, the eighth gear ensures low torques, optimized fuel consumption and relaxed driving.

 “The new Cayenne promises to be more Porsche and more Cayenne than ever. It further emphasises the character of the vehicle: to be more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive. The Cayenne has also been digitalised and networked throughout to provide another level of digital connectivity to the cockpit. This is how the Cayenne makes the Porsche experience even more fascinating but remains as a genuine sports car for five,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance.

The new Cayenne is now closer than ever before to the iconic 911. For the first time, the third generation Cayenne features rear-axle steering. There’s also standard all-wheel drive, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. Despite all the new extras, the new car has been on a diet and tips the scales at 65 kgs less than its predecessor.

Visually, the third generation Cayenne looks good, stronger in appearance and yet more dynamics. At one glance, you immediately know it is a Cayenne, but with larger air intakes and new horizontal light edges that give it a more muscular presence. At 4,918 millimetres long and 1,983 millimetres wide, the new Cayenne has grown by 63 millimetres in length, but maintains the same wheelbase and with a 9 millimetres reduction in roofline. The result from this is a larger luggage compartment volume, now 770 litres, an increase of 100 litres.

LED headlights now come as standard, although customers can opt to upgrade to Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) which offers a variety of light modes such and cornering and motorway light. The new LED main headlights with matrix beam including PDLS Plus is the best system available, allowing full variable light distribution, achieved by 84 individually activated light-emitting diodes.

The new Cayenne combines three chassis concepts in one new design: sports car, off-roader and touring car. This involved a new lightweight chassis base with a front axle featuring a separated link design and a multi-link rear axle. A typical sports car feature is the new mixed tyres, which are now fitted on wheels measuring in at a minimum of 19 inches. The mixed tyres improve stability and driving dynamics on bends. Porsche offers wheel sizes up to 21 inches as an option for the Cayenne.

This format provides the optimal basis for the active chassis systems, which are analysed and synchronised by the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system. The system works in real time, optimising handling even further. With the exception of the active PASM damper system (as standard with the Cayenne S), all other chassis systems are new developments. For the first time, the Cayenne is available with electric rear-axle steering. The system, tried and tested both in the 911 and the Panamera, improves agility on bends and stability when changing lanes at high speeds. The reduced turning circle also makes everyday handling of the SUV easier.

The optional adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology significantly increases the spread between a sporty, firm connection and the driving comfort expected of a touring car. Just as before, the system enables adjustments to the ground clearance on rough terrain. With the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation, sporty drivers benefit by changing from a hydraulic to an electric system. This switch is made possible by a powerful 48-volt vehicle electrical system. Shorter response times enable even more precision in driving dynamics, and even more comfort on moderate drives.

With the innovative Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB), the sports car manufacturer is once again assuming a pioneering role in the development of high-performance brakes. This world first is available as an option for all Cayenne models and consists of a cast iron disc with a tungsten-carbide coating. This finish increases the friction values while wear and brake dust are significantly reduced. The brakes, exclusive to Porsche, is also visually impressive: The brake callipers are painted white, while the surface of the discs develops a unique gloss level after bedding-in. The PSCB is only available in combination with the 20-inch or 21-inch wheels. However, the PCCB ceramic brakes remain the top system in the range.

With this new generation, the Cayenne is writing a new chapter in the relationship between driver and vehicle: The Porsche Advanced Cockpit is fully integrated into the sporty, luxurious atmosphere. At the heart of the new display and control concept from Porsche is a new 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen from the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), launched in 2017 with the new Panamera. ‘

A range of digital functions can be operated intuitively – including by voice control. The analogue controls on the new centre console are focused on the main functions of the vehicle. Other buttons are harmoniously integrated into the smartphone-like, glass-look touch surface, giving acoustic and haptic feedback when operated. In typical Porsche style, the driver has a central analogue tachometer to view. This is flanked by two 7-inch full-HD displays, which display all other relevant driving data plus additional information selected using the multi-function steering wheel.

Prices for the zero-rated GST Cayenne and Cayenne S start from RM745,000 and RM890,000 respectively. These prices include a four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labour. The stated prices includes all duties, except registration fee, road tax and insurance. As you may know by now, also sans options and applicable only for models delivered before August 2018.

Porsche 360 Financing will also be made available on the new Cayenne. It is an intelligent alternative to conventional financing that reduces monthly payments by up to 30% and provides flexible financing terms for better cash flow management.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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