There aren\u2019t too many car manufacturers that can boast the achievements or Porsche. 70 years of car manufacturing is an accomplishment in itself, but 70 years of producing class leading sports cars is it\u2019s own cult-inducing Triumph.\u00a0Ferdinand Porsche released the 356 Roadster in 1948 and it\u2019s been icon after icon ever since. 550 Spyder, 911, 959, 918\u2026 it doesn\u2019t matter which way you look at it, the Stuttgart stables have designed some of the most desirable vehicles ever produced and it has no intention of slowing down. Porsche Australia decided they would celebrate this milestone in style with the launch of the all-new Porsche Cayenne in the Barossa Valley. And as I\u2019m a fan of both Porsche\u2019s and 70th\u00a0birthdays, it was an invitation I couldn\u2019t pass up.\r\n\r\nWith all three models in attendance (Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo) it was clear I was observing the best-looking squad in the Cayenne\u2019s brief 16-year history. The 2018 Cayenne is the third generation of Porsche\u2019s popular luxury SUV and whilst it looks similar to its predecessors, every part of the new model has been designed from scratch. The silhouette it longer, wider and lower than before, giving the new Cayenne a rock-solid stance with athletic contours.\u00a0The honed lines of the roof taper back handsomely and the\u00a0slanted c pillar further accentuate the visual implication of a car that wants to push. Overall, the\u00a0Cayenne\u00a0has a more muscular presence and there seems to be a cohesion that wasn\u2019t found in previous shapes.\r\n\r\nMy first drive of the day was in the Cayenne S. Powered by a 324kW,\u00a0550 Nm twin turbo V6, the Cayenne S manages to produce a 0-100 time\u00a05.2 seconds whilst maintaining some very impressive fuel and emissions numbers. It\u2019s quite an unassuming engine through the city, as there is very little turbo lag and the exhaust noise is rather polite. But when it\u2019s time to give it the beans, it comes to life in textbook Porsche style. Inside, you will find the nicest cabin worn by a Cayenne to date. Both front and rear seats\u00a0are a nice balance of comfort and sport with the added benefit of elevated side bolsters. The interior is practically built around the driver, and is absolutely driver-centric as a result. The cockpit is littered with intuitive and ergonomic controls in close proximity to both steering wheel and shifter. With a full-HD 12-inch touchscreen sitting with the customary\u00a0Porsche\u00a0analogue rev counter, you get a nice contrast of old and new displays that are tastefully integrated.\r\nAfter driving the Cayenne S through some of South Australia\u2019s finest back country, we arrived at the infamous\u00a0Collingrove hill climb. Owned and operated by the sporting car club of South Australia, the 750m circuit climbs 70m in its short span and is a beast from start to finish. To conquer such a beast, Porsche thought it would be a good time to unleash their own. The\u00a0Cayenne Turbo contains 404kW of V8 grizzly goodness. \u00a0O-100? I hear you ask\u2026 that\u2019s\u2019 gone in 4.1 seconds\u2026 top speed?\u00a0286 km\/h\u2026\u00a0Kahunas? Yep, big ones. But these characteristics play second fiddle to the chassis performance of this (I can\u2019t believe I\u2019m saying this), SUV. \u00a0Thanks to a very trick all-wheel drive system and active stabilization, the Turbo just squatted and gripped from apex to apex.\u00a0The all new electromechanical anti-roll bars apparently respond faster than their hydraulic equivalents which means you barely notice the technological sorcery underneath your clenched glutes.\r\n\r\nWith all the hill climb induced glute clenching out of the way, Porsche decided they would kick off day 2 with some morning yoga. \u00a0Hamstrings were strung, hip flexors were flexed and I was again reminded why I prefer to be on a driver\u2019s seat rather than a yoga mat. Post yoga, I then floated my way back to the carpark and took the \u2018base\u2019Cayenne for a drive. Despite being the starting point of the range, the\u00a0Cayenne still boasts and impressive 250kW single turbo 3.0 litre V6 which will get you to 100 quicker than it takes me to get in to downward facing dog (which is 6.2 seconds for those who don\u2019t know me). If you enjoy listening to Enya after some morning yoga (let\u2019s face it, who doesn\u2019t) either the Burmester or Bose sound systems will keep your chakras flowing with crisp multi-speaker goodness. To cap it all off, you get very impressive fuel consumption of a combined\u00a09.2 l\/100 km\u00a0and low\u00a0CO2\u00a0emissions of\u00a0209 g\/km. Daily driver? I think so.\r\n\r\nOur final stop on the Porsche birthday bash, was none other than Maggie Beer\u2019s Gin making school in\u00a0Nuriootpa. While I gladly would have spent some more time in the Cayenne, let\u2019s face it, what\u2019s a 70th\u00a0without some Gin? So, with my limited knowledge,\u00a0Brett Durand, was called on to run us through the history of gin, the distilling process, key ingredients and some pointers for us to make a take home bottle of Porsche worthy mother\u2019s ruin. Herbs were smelt, seeds were crushed and Brett distilled my soon to be award winning batch of 'I can\u2019t believe it\u2019s not metho'. To cap it all off, Porsche had organised our bottles to be wax stamped with the famous coast of arms. Was my gin worthy to wear such a crest? Let\u2019s just say Gin experts are murmuring that it\u2019s the Cayenne Turbo of distilled liquids.\r\n\r\nAs far as 70th\u2019s go, it was an absolute cracker. Porsche have delivered the most impressive line-up since the Cayenne\u2019s inception in 2002 and the improvements are across the board. It out brakes, out turns, out accelerates, out exteriors, out interiors, out technologies, out efficients.. it just \u2018outs\u2019 the previous generation in nearly every aspect. This isn\u2019t a slur on the old car by any means, it\u2019s still a very capable SUV, but the new Cayenne is just that good. Whether it be the Cayenne, Cayenne S or Cayenne Turbo that ends up in your garage, rest assured, \u00a0you\u2019ll be driving one sporty spice.\r\n\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? You can also follow us on\u00a0Facebook,\u00a0Twitter,\u00a0Instagram, and\u00a0YouTube.