The Cayenne has gone from being the horrid truck that bastardised Porsche to the stroke of genius that saved the 911. That’s how critical it is to Porsche, second only to the Macan in volumes and the third generation won’t be different. When it comes to SA in the middle of 2018, it might not actually start out with the diesel that’s by far the biggest seller. The plan is to arrive with three petrol powerplants, beginning with the stock Cayenne, which has taken the biggest step forward of the three versions we sampled at the launch in Crete. The Chrono Package version of the 3.0l turbocharged V6 petrol engine cuts 1.7 seconds from the old car’s 100km/h sprint, now down to 5.9 seconds (6.2 seconds without it). Its power is 250kW and its torque is up to 450Nm. The flagship (for now) is the mighty Turbo, hissing and bellowing its way to 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque. It’s easily the fastest Cayenne, too, with the Chrono pack helping it to slip to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds (or 4.1 seco...

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