I’m driving up the Northern California coastline when a very happy, very overweight yellow dog runs into the road. Hours earlier a Porsche spokesperson had explained how well the new Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB) work, adding they would take a little time to get used to. This real-world canine test brings the SUV to a quick stop without much effort on my part. I would have been able to stop in time even with the regular Cayenne brakes. But sometimes it takes real life to show just how helpful new technology is.

In addition to impressive stopping power, the new Cayenne (starting at $65,700) is infused with technology borrowed from the 911. It’s a reminder that, at its core, the automaker is still a sportscar company. The Cayenne now has rear-axle steering and staggered wheels. (The rear tires have a wider stance than the front ones.) Both of those originated on the 911 and the result is sporty SUV that doesn’t skimp on performance or luxury.

The 2019 Cayenne comes with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6 engine that pushes the SUV with 335 horsepower and 332 foot-pounds of torque. It’s brisk off the line with a zero to 60 time of 5.9 seconds. (That’s 1.6 seconds faster than the previous-generation Cayenne.) It has plenty of power to spare when you need to pass on the highway or when you’re stuck behind tourists staring at the vineyards in Northern California (they’re just plants, guys).

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