More than 350 Porsche lovers were treated to an exclusive first-hand glimpse of the famous brand’s latest new model.
The third-generation Cayenne was revealed at an invitation-only event, hosted by JCT600’s Porsche Centre Teesside at Preston Farm in Stockton.
With enhanced performance and comfort, the Cayenne is the epitome of the SUV, offering a significantly increased performance range.
Ross Jameson, head of business at JCT600 Porsche Teesside (pictured above with some of his team), said: “The four-wheel drive models in the Porsche range account for 60% of total sales globally, so this is a hugely important model to ourselves and Porsche GB.
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“Interest and demand is really high. People have been placing their deposits to own one of these new Cayenne models for the past two years around the UK and with ourselves since the day we opened our Pop Up Shop back in February 2017.
“We expect to receive circa 30-35 units in 2018, and all of them are likely to be forward sold orders, which is great.
“There seems to be a perception that there’s not this kind of demand for luxury items and cars on Teesside, but our order book tells a very different story.”
The completely redeveloped Cayenne is even closer to its roots as a Porsche sports car than its predecessor, boasting intelligent lightweight construction, powerful drives, exceptional driving dynamics and smart driver assistance systems.
All of this is combined with outstanding handling on any terrain, improved comfort and greater suitability for everyday use.
The concept has already proved a bestseller: since its market launch in 2002, Porsche has delivered over 770,000 Cayenne units.
The starting line-up is comprised of three models. With its 404 kW (550 hp) bi-turbo eightcylinder engine and the driving dynamics of a sports car, the Cayenne Turbo is heading up the new generation.
The car accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 286km/h. The Cayenne S and Cayenne aren’t far behind in terms of power and acceleration.
Marketed as “the cockpit of the future”, the Direct Touch Control and the new 12.3-inch touch display of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system act as the driver’s interface to all vehicle functions.
The Cayenne’s extensive range of new features and services include Amazon Music, the smart home app Nest and Radio Plus, which offers a combination of conventional reception and online streaming.
Other features include online navigation including real-time traffic information, an LTE telephone module with integrated SIM card, mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth interface, intelligent online voice control, a Wifi hotspot, four USB ports and Apple CarPlay.