Porsche isn’t allowing Bentley to steal its thunder with its upcoming Bentayga SUV. According to the company, the 2017 Porsche Cayenne will offer class-leading performance.
Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Porsche Research and Development Chief Wolfgang Hatz said that the next-generation Cayenne – which we’ll probably see in 2017 – will be lighter and faster than the current version.
According to Hatz, the 2017 Cayenne will be capable of reaching 300 km/h. The W12 Bentley Bentayga will reportedly have a slightly higher top speed (2 or 3 km/h more), but the Cayenne will apparently be faster “on the road”.
Hatz also said that we can expect the new Cayenne to drop at least as much weight as the new Q7, so Porsche’s SUV will drop below 2000kg.
While there’s no plans at the moment to create a Macan with an engine larger than six cylinders, the Turbo and Turbo S Cayenne will be powered by a completely new V8.
* 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is pictured.