The Spymaster notes that the vehicle that makes more coin for Volkswagen Group’s preeminent brand than any other model won’t look much different when the updated version arrives in mid-2018. In terms of performance it’s a different story. The base model’s turbocharged 340-horsepower V-6 will have 40 more horses than the current non-turbo 3.6-liter V-6. In addition, the Cayenne S’s twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 delivers 440 horsepower, compared to the current 420-horse twin-turbo V-6. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is attached to each engine. Other significant improvements include a lighter platform, aluminum body panels and significantly enhanced suspension components (including available rear-axle steering). Prices will range between the mid-$60,000 range and the mid-$80,000 range.

The next Porsche Cayenne looks familiar, but it will have a lighter architecture, better suspension and more power. (PHOTO: PORSCHE)

Porsche Cayenne looks similar but underneath is a different story: