Porsche has a privileged position in the performance luxury market. Often, consumers align the German automaker with exotic manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and McLaren, yet none of these brands even approach Porsche's sales volume. Porsche ships more cars to customers in the U.S. alone than all of these competitors combined — globally. Somehow, Porsche has maintained an exclusive appearance while producing hundreds of thousands of vehicles per year.
A number of factors contribute to the company’s success, but none greater than the Cayenne. Introduced in 2002, the Cayenne was ahead of the performance SUV curve and has only grown more popular over the years. Now entering its third generation for the 2019 model year, Porsche’s mid-size SUV attempts to push further ahead of a highly competitive segment with updated styling, features and performance hardware. Autobytel became acquainted with the new Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo on the narrow, perfectly paved roads of Crete, Greece. Here’s what we learned.