Porsche Brings Back Sporty Cayenne GTS

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

In the grand hierarchy of the Porsche naming structure, GTS signifies the sportiest models, even for SUVs.

Not always the fastest version, the name GTS adorns cars and SUVs that give the driver the rawest, most rewarding driving experience. Returning to the Cayenne model line-up this year is the Cayenne GTS. Unlike the previous generation’s model, power does not come from a V8 anymore. It’s replaced by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 twin-turbo engine similar to the one found in the Cayenne S. But, power has been pumped up 20 hp to a total of 440 hp and torque rises by 62 ft.-lbs. to 445 ft.-lbs.

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This is good enough for the big Cayenne to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds, while a sport exhaust system ensures everyone around knows this is a seriously sporty SUV.

But a GTS model is about more than just engine power, it also needs to handle well. The Cayenne GTS sits 20 millimeters lower with revised suspension tuning and features the larger brakes found on the Cayenne Turbo.

The Cayenne GTS should be recognizable from the outside thanks to a front fascia borrowed from the turbo model combined with more contoured rocker panels and wheel arch extensions. To offset the looks of the GTS, all badging, the 20-inch wheels, the exhaust tailpipes, the headlights and the trim surrounding the rear taillights are all black. Inside are eight-way powered GTS sports seats along with various GTS badging.

Pricing for the Cayenne GTS will come in at $95,500 including destination charges.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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