Porsche Cayenne 9YA – The Story
The Third Generation Cayenne Takes A Big Leap
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Revealed online on August 29, 2017, the third-generation Porsche Cayenne was a complete redesign from top to bottom and was built on the freshly created Volkswagen Group MLB platform. Production began in 2017 as a 2018 onward model year for Europe while USA and rest of the world got the Cayenne as a 2019 model year onward. It is known as the 9YA and has two main body types, known as the 9Y0 for the SUV and 9Y3 for the new Coupe body style (more on that below).
Any pretense that the Cayenne is a "real" off-roader is gone with the launch of the third generation. This is a pure luxury and performance focused SUV for the road. There, we said it. Lets start with the looks. The latest Cayenne is the most refined design so far, finally getting to a point where we can call the Cayenne handsome and modern. The interiors are updated, clean and organized well with all the tech and touchscreens you could ever want. It is a nice place to sit. The engine options are once again updated, with forced-induction V6 and V8 engines throughout, with gear-shifting handled by a near-perfect 8-speed Tiptronic automatic.
Coil spring suspension remains standard on all models, with an optional active air suspension, except on the Turbo, where air remains standard. Four-wheel-steering is a new-for-2019 option and works to significantly reduce the Cayenne’s turning radius and agility at low speeds, as well as increase stability at high speeds, much like the system used on the GT3 and other performance Porsches. All of the previous high-tech frills like PDCC, PASM, and PSM remain as options or as standard depending on the model, and improved features like an electronically locking active rear differential and torque vectoring improve performance and traction under all circumstances.
Finally, in 2020 Porsche has put out a second version of the Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupe, to compete with the plethora of crossover and SUV options from the competition. The Coupe is essentially a fastback version of the standard Cayenne, with sleeker looks. Versions on offer include most of the normal trims and powerplants, topping out with the Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid, which makes a staggering 670 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque and can sprint to 60mph in 3.6 seconds. The GTS model returned for 2021 and is back to V8 power, now with twin-turbochargers. On June 30, 2021, Porsche introduced the Cayenne Turbo GT version.It uses 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and claimed 3.1 second 0-60 mph.
Type: 9YA (9Y0 SUV, 9Y3 Coupé) / Generation: Third Generation / Manufacturer: Porsche AG / Platform: Volkswagen Group MLB Evo platform / Production Years: 2017 - Present / Model Years: 2018 - Present / Body Style: 5-Door SUV, 5-Door SUV Coupe / Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive/ Engines: 3.0 L Turbocharged V6 / 2.9 L Twin-turbocharged V6 / 4.0 L Twin-turbocharged V8 / 3.0 L Audi turbocharged V6 + Electric motor / 4.0 L Audi-Porsche V8 Twin-turbo + Electric motor / Transmission: 8-Speed ZF 8HP Tiptronic S automatic / Date of unveil by Porsche AG: 2017 August 29 / Premiere: 2017 August 29 in Stuttgart Porsche Museum / Market launch: 2018 Model Year (Europe), 2019 Model Year (Outside Europe)
The current Cayenne lineup is pretty standard fare, with all the familiar variants accounted for in the base Cayenne, the Cayenne S, the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid available. Porsche introduced the Cayenne Turbo GT version recently which is definitely the top of the range. The biggest model change for the third generation Cayenne was the introduction of a totally new body type, the Cayenne Coupe, available on all models.
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