Video: 2018 Porsche Cayenne dune bashing in Dubai

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 by

All-new third-gen 2018 Porsche Cayenne gets closer to its world debut after testing from Alaska to the — look out for it at November’s motor show. Scroll down to watch the SUV in action

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It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago Porsche made 10 times less cars than the factory makes today. Sure, instead of half a dozen models the company only made the 911 and the Boxster, but still…

An annual production run of well over 200,000 cars is the norm for Porsche in recent years, and most of that is accounted for by SUVs, the Macan and Cayenne. The 911 makes up about 15 percent of Zuffenhausen’s total sales, so the Cayenne really does carry the Porsche brand and with its success determines the 911’s future.

Porsche’s iconic sports car just hit a milestone of a million 911s produced since the nameplate was introduced in 1963, but it took the Cayenne just 11 years to hit the half-million mark. The was back in 2013, and in fact at the moment the Cayenne sits at 760,000 cars produced.

And it looks like it’ll be up to the all-new third-generation Cayenne to cross the million mark, as the car readies to make its world premiere at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, before it makes an appearance at the Dubai motor show too, later in November.

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Speaking of Dubai, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has been doing the rounds in our region already. The German manufacturer has put the model under an extended prototype testing programme, in conditions ranging from -45 degrees Celsius in Alaska circle to +50 degrees right here in the UAE for hot weather testing, and endurance checks on the cooling systems, transmission, and axles. In total Porsche says the third-gen Cayenne engineering team has completed 4.4 million test kilometres, including a stint on some of the UAE’s massive sand dunes.

Porsche’s assessment for the 2018 Cayenne started back in 2014, and went on to locations such as the 20km-long Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, the high-speed Nardò test track, Death Valley in the USA (the hottest recorded place on earth), plus far-flung locations like South Africa, Japan and New Zealand.

During development, each prototype covers up to 240,000km in just a few months, running continuously in shifts under conditions unlikely to ever occur during the ownership of the vehicle. Porsche hasn’t released the final technical specifications for the third-gen Cayenne, but you can eventually expect a dozen iterations and an engine line-up mirroring the Panamera’s, including a flagship turbocharged hybrid with up to 550 horsepower.

For a glance at how Porsche took on the huge desert dunes outside Dubai in the camouflaged 2018 Cayenne, have a look at the video below:

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