Over the past few months, we have seen plenty of the third-generation Porsche Cayenne, starting with an official preview in January, followed by a regional debut in March. Now, the E3-series Cayenne has finally made its launch debut in Malaysia, with two variants up for grabs.

The first is the base Cayenne, which has a base price of RM745,000 (includes duties but excludes OTR fee, any options and insurance), while further up, you’ll arrive at the Cayenne S that goes for RM890,000. These zero-rated GST prices will remain valid for cars delivered before August 31 and include a four-year warranty and free maintenance package – Porsche 360 Financing is available.

Under the bonnet, a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine powers the base Cayenne, serving up 335 hp (340 PS) at 5,300 to 6,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,340 to 5,300 rpm. The Cayenne S gets more power from its 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 rated at 434 hp (440 PS) at 5,700 to 6,600 rpm and 550 Nm at 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and an active all-wheel drive system as standard. However, the Cayenne S also gets the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system with variable front/rear torque distribution.

In terms of performance, the Cayenne complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 245 km/h. Meanwhile, the S variant will complete the same run slightly quicker at 5.2 seconds, and achieve a higher top speed of 265 km/h.

Cars equipped with the Sport Chrono Package will have 0.3 seconds slashed from their respective century sprint times. The optional package also includes a PSM Sport mode and Sport Response button on the steering wheel, which optimises the Cayenne for ultra-high responsiveness for 20 seconds.

Fully independent aluminium multi-link suspension is standard on both variants, along with supporting systems like Porsche 4D Chassis Control. Optional items include Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), adaptive three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC).

The base Cayenne is fitted with four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston units at the rear, whereas the Cayenne S gets six-piston front and four-piston rear units instead. The more powerful of the two also has larger discs at the front (390 mm versus 350 mm). The optional Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) sees the addition of tungsten carbide-coated discs along with ten-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

In terms of equipment, the Cayenne comes with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, which places two seven-inch displays beside the analogue tachometer in the instrument cluster. The centre-mounted, 12-inch touchscreen meanwhile, works with the car’s Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system that also contains the Porsche Connect functionality.

Also present is the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system that is linked to a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Other items include LED headlamps (Porsche Dynamic Light System/Plus available as an option), Direct Touch Control interface on the centre console, leather upholstery, power seats and Park Assist. Both cars at the launch sport 21-inch wheels with staggered tyre sizes (285/40 front, 315/35 rear) – a first for the model.

We’ve already had a go in the E3 Cayenne earlier this year, and you can read our thoughts about the Porsche SUV here.

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