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Porsche has just revealed its latest money-making machine, a high-performance GTS trim of its best-selling Cayenne SUV
Returning for the second-generation of the Cayenne, the GTS delivers high-performance but without the turbos, sporting a modified version of the Cayenne S’s 4.8-liter V8 engine, which now makes 420 hp. The 20 hp bump helps the big SUV shed two-tenths of a second in the sprint to 60 mph with a 5.4 second time using an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with a custom final drive ratio.
Easily distinguishable by its gloss-black trim and bodywork borrowed from the Cayenne Turbo (including that gaping mouth), other items include 20-inch wheels, fender flares and black dual exhaust. Also helping the performance SUV to stand out is a 20 mm lower suspension and two unique colors, Peridot Metallic (shown) and Carmine Red.
Inside the GTS gets custom eight-way sport seats with Alcantara accents, while for the first tie the GTS gets a Sport Chrono package. Porsche is also introducing what it calls a Sound Symposer that, “channels authentic engine intake sounds into the cabin.”
The Cayenne GTS will hit dealers in August of this year, starting at $82,050 plus a $975 delivery charge.
GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS
As more and more automakers embrace social media marketing, Lamborghini has opted for a more intimate approach, inviting select clientele to attend a special New York City preview event to gain feedback for a potential third model for the Lamborghini line-up.
Lamborghini should, however, know that technology always prevails with details of the private affair having leaked on the internet.
A couple guests blabbered news of a cherry red Lamborghini SUV concept that will make its way to a Beijing premiere at the Auto China later in the month. Armed with a personal blog, one Lamborghini guest, Ed Bolian, revealed that the new Rambo Lambo features a silhouette similar to the BMW X6 and an overall size similar to the Audi Q7, all but confirming previous reports that the Lamborghini SUV will use a modified VW Group PL71 SUV platform that’s also used for the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.
Even though an SUV body style is naturally higher off the ground, Lamborghini’s carbon fiber body kit brought out a more muscular and couple-like profile to make the stance of the Lamborghini SUV seem lower and more planted. Bolian also described the front fascia as Estoque-like, while also featuring a full LED headlight arrangement. The rear of the SUV is emphasized by a boldly designed trapezoidal quad-exhaust, integrated to the rear diffuser. Wheels on the SUV are 24-inches in diameter and incorporate carbon fiber blades similar to that of the Aventador J. A dramatic statement for a concept vehicle, the carbon fiber blades are unlikely to carry over into production.
Inside, carbon fiber trim is generously applied throughout the cabin, lending an appearance similar to the interior of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. What’s more, a high center console extends to the rear passengers to provide a more coupe-like seating arrangement.
Lamborghini has yet to reveal any details regarding the production powertrain but previous reports have suggested a Gallardo-sourced 5.2-liter V10 engine, producing 585-hp.
Whether the concept is the real deal or just a styling exercise, we’re excited to share more information on Lamborghini’s concept SUV as we draw closer to Beijing’s Auto China show.
GALLERY: Lamborghini SUV
Heading to Auto China in Beijing next month will be the 2013 Subaru Legacy which the Japanese automaker has announced will sport “extensive modifications” compared to the typical yearly model updates.
The recently facelifted Subaru Legacy debuted at the New York Auto Show, but the one making an appearance at Beijing will be specifically made for the Chinese market. The interesting part about the teaser image however is that it hints that the Legacy may have a raised height version, pointing at the possibility of an Outback sedan.
“In the view of the market characteristics, the 2013 Legacy model for Chinese market was specially designed not only to enhance its great presence but also to embody the bold and dynamic design with its raised ground clearance,” Subaru said in a press release.
The automaker also announced that the BRZ will be displayed in China for the first time in addition to a Chinese rally car.