Porsche has unveiled the new Cayenne GTS in its third generation and it sits between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo in the trim model line-up. It gradually came under the radar and now it is available with the Coupe shape. Porsche has ditched the V6 engine from the previous generation GTS and have fitted a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with Adaptive cylinder control, and it produces a nice 453 hp (338 kW) and 620 Nm of torque going to all four wheels. The new Tiptronic S 8-speed Auto has been added and should do well with shifting gears pleasantly just like the PDK but not as near as quick. 0-100 km/h is clocked at 4.5 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package and goes flat out at 270 km/h.
The suspension on the GTS has been lowered but 30 mm and that gives a much more likable stance look over the normal Cayenne model. It has employed the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that’s standard and it has damper control to ensure that the ride quality is not as harsh. Even with the sport suspension being softened with dampers, the handling should still be good thanks to Porsche’s Torque Vectoring system. What that does is it enables the differential to distribute or vary torque to each wheel at a specific point of time in order to improve grip and limit slip. It also comes with Dynamic Chassis Control to reduce body roll when cornering because it being an SUV, the body height is tall.
It is riding on some sweet 21-inch RS Spyder wheels as standard finished in satin gloss black and the black accents carry onto the front air intakes, side window trims, and tailpipes. Speaking about the tailpipes which are a huge distinct feature on this GTS model, the optional central twin oval sports exhausts don’t fit too well on an SUV, probably on the 911 but don’t weep yet because as standard you get quad-exhaust tailpipes with each twin exhausts pipes on the outer sides of the car’s rear and that for me is a favoured clean look.
The interior design is complemented by the exterior with sports seats and a sport steering wheel. Like any other expensive Porsche, the whole interior is covered with upmarket material such as Alcantara on the rooflining, centre console armrests and doors, and then there is dark brushed aluminium on the dash trim. To let you know that you are in a Cayenne GTS, the GTS logo is placed on the front doors, door sills and rev center on the instrument cluster. The seats and steering wheel can be stitched with Carmine Red or Crayon to suit your preferred look.
It is expected to arrive in dealerships beginning in July but we are yet to know when will it land in South Africa and also the price is yet to be revealed.
Source: Porsche Cayenne GTS Press Release