A new generation of the 911 is on its way, but that's not the only thing Porsche is working on right now. The next-generation Cayenne has just been spotted on the Nurburgring, and judging by this clip, it sounds like it'll receive V8 power. It might be a big, heavy family hauler, but this Cayenne looks respectably quick.
Porsche used to offer V8s in various different Cayenne models, but right now, only the 520-hp Cayenne Turbo and 570-hp Cayenne Turbo S are the only variants to get eight-cylinder power. The current Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S are both powered by a 4.8-liter twin-turbo unit, but the next-generation model will likely receive Porsche's new 4.0-liter V8 that just debuted in the new Panamera Turbo.
This 4.0-liter V8 packs two turbochargers between its two cylinder banks for better throttle response, and offers 550 hp in the Panamera Turbo, and 680-hp in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. We know that Porsche plans on installing this plug-in hybrid drivetrain in the next-gen Cayenne.
Lesser Cayennes will probably receive versions of the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that also made its debut in the 2017 Panamera. Porsche created this V6 by lopping two cylinders off its new V8.
The Cayenne is set to ride on the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7, and Bentley Bentayga, as well as the upcoming Lamborghini Urus and VW Touraeg. Don't expect the Cayenne to be a Q7 wearing different bodywork, though, since Porsche likes to differentiate its cars from its corporate siblings.
The current-generation Cayenne has been in production since 2010, so expect the new model to debut fairly soon. A launch at either the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, or the Geneva Motor Show in March is expected.