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New 2018 Porsche Cayenne Prototype Makes 'Ring Debut, Amazing Lap Time Coming

Zuffenhausen engineers are now working overtime to bring the third-gen Cayenne closer to its completion, with the high-riding Porsche now making its Nurburgring debut in prototype form.
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As our spy shooters, who have turned into Ring snipers, explain, the test vehicle you can check out in the image gallery lapped the Nordschleife at an astounding pace. Sure, there's a long way to the reveal of the Turbo S, which will pack amazing track abilities, but we need to discuss its Green Hell time.

The Porsche Cayenne has always been the kind of generously-sized SUV that changed the dynamic driving rules of the segment, as demonstrated by the 7:59 time of the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S, which packs a weight-defying 570 hp.

However, we expect Porsche to steer clear of the Nurburgring SUV record from now on and there's one main reason for that. This has to do with the potential VW Group uber-SUV bragging rights cannibalization.

Now that Bentley is building a Bentayga Speed and Lamborghini is on its way to introducing the Urus, the future Cayenne can't simply one-up the two in terms of the Nurburgring lap time. Which probably means that, until some third party test all three on the infamous German track, we won't get to find out which one is quicker.

The third-generation Cayenne will ride on the VW Group MLB Evo platform, which has already debuted in the 2017 Audi Q7 and Betayga, with the serious weight savings (up to 220 lbs/100 kg) and torsional stiffness increase brought by the platform allowing Porsche engineers to boost the velocity abilities of the thing without affecting progress in the comfort area - truth be told, if there's one area of the current car that can be improved, that's the coziness one.

On the technical front, the recently-debuted second generation Panamera should lend its all-new engine line-up to Cayenne The Third (check out the engine range details). As for other goodies of the sort, expect the new Q7's four-wheel steering, along with a serious improvement on the gearbox front, to show up - while the fresh Panamera uses the second-generation PDK (8 ratios), it's too early to talk about the Cayenne's future transmission.

Porsche is expected to introduce the new Cayenne next year as a 2018 model, but we have a feeling we won't have to wait too long before bringing you fresh info on this all-terrain topic.

 
 
 
 
 

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