When Porsche first launched the Cayenne in 2002 there were twinges of purist discomfort at the brand compromising itself and “giving in to the establishment”.

Since then the prescience of Porsche’s move has proven itself with the Cayenne becoming the brand’s most popular seller, and this has inspired competing brands such as Maserati, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini — and soon even Ferrari — to launch vehicles that feed the public’s seemingly limitless hunger for luxury sports cars in hiking boots. Porsche stuck to its sporting DNA in the first two generations of the vehicle, and so too with the new, third-generation Cayenne that recently went on sale in SA. It is an iterative upgrade over its predecessor rather than a radical redesign, but many of the changes have been of a performance-enhancing nature, including shedding up to 65kg of weight due to the use of more aluminium in its construction. To make it more fleet of foot it’s also fitted with wider tyres at the rear tha...

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