Porsche makes most of its huge profits on the legendarily extensive and expensive options it offers.
On the Cayenne, for instance, it’s possible to spend over £3700 on wheels, £1125 on gloss-black exterior trim, £401 on coloured instrument dials and a staggering £2250 on leather air vents. Does anyone really want leather air vents that badly? At £248, the body-colour key with leather pouch almost seems good value in comparison.
Occasionally, though, Porsche comes over all generous and bundles together a load of options on a special edition that it sells at a knock-down price. The 911 GTS is the classic example and now there’s this: the Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition.
So, what’s included? 20in RS Spyder Design wheels (£1943); wheelarch extensions (£639); dynamic headlights (£608); illuminated stainless steel sill plates with Platinum Edition script (£567); ParkAssist with sensors and rear-view camera (£446); privacy glass (£320); auto-dimming mirrors (£243); Porsche crest embossed on the front headrests (£138); high-gloss exterior trim (£122); 8-way adjustable sports seats with alcantara centre panels (free).
That’s £5220 of options for an extra £2500-ish on top of the base car’s price.
The Platinum Edition pack is only available on diesel and hybrid Cayennes; prices start at £55,134 for the 258bhp Cayenne Diesel, while the 410bhp company car tax special Cayenne S E-Hybrid costs £66,919.
Perhaps more significantly, the Platinum is a clear indication that the current, second-generation Cayenne is on the way out. It’s been around since 2010 and will likely be replaced next year. It will use the same MLB platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, rather than the super-size MQB chassis of the next-gen Volkswagen Touareg, which the current and previous Cayenne are closely related to.
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By Only Motors