There are three levels of spiciness to this Cayenne. It starts with the 340-horsepower V6 turbo base model, followed by the 440-hp twin-turbo V6 Cayenne S, and heats up to the confusingly-titled Cayenne Turbo, which houses a twin-turbo V8 producing 550 hp. Compare it to the Land Rover discovery’s 330-hp supercharged V6 power plant, or the 333 hp from Audi’s Q7’s turbo V6, and you can see the Cayenne holds its own. The Turbo almost matches the Range Rover Sport SVR’s gluttonous 575 horses.
For 2019, the Porsche Cayenne begins its third generation with a leaner look and a new bag of tricks that further blur the line between utility vehicle and sports car.
Beyond these more superficial changes, the latest Cayenne adopts a few clever tricks to improve both its performance and versatility. An adaptive roof spoiler now automatically repositions itself to provide incremental amounts of downforce, depending on the situation. If an emergency brake is necessary at high speeds, the wing can act as an air brake that can reduce braking distance by two meters. That may not sound like a lot, but in an emergency, every little bit counts.