Porsche has unveiled a new version of the Cayenne GTS, complete with sporty chassis and tuned V8
Julian Rendell
24 April 2012

Porsche has unveiled a new version of the Cayenne GTS, complete with sporty chassis and tuned V8, at the Beijing motor show.

Like its predecessor, the GTS will slot between the S and Turbo models. It will mix a more powerful version of the non-turbo V8 motor from the Cayenne S with the body-kitted styling of the range-topping Turbo model.

Power from the non-turbo 4.8-litre V8 is increased slightly over the 394bhp of the Cayenne S to 414bhp. Drive is channelled through a standard eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with stop-start.

The peak output is 14bhp more than the previous-gen GTS and the standard automatic gearbox is a change, too. The previous GTS featured a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

As might be expected, the slight increase in muscle of the GTS gives it a mild boost in performance. So the sprint from rest to 62mph is dispatched in 5.7sec, compared with the 5.9sec of today’s V8 S, and the top speed is slightly higher, at 162mph rather than 160mph. The 0-100mph sprint is similarly rapid, at 13.3sec.

Fuel economy takes a slight hit, dropping by 2.5mpg to 26.4mpg in the GTS compared with the V8 S.But a large part of the GTS’s appeal is its unique, lowered chassis, which, like the previous GTS, comes with standard steel springs and PASM adjustable dampers.

The ride height is 24mm lower than that of the Cayenne S, the same drop as for the previous GTS.

This promises more surefooted cornering behaviour and reduced body roll. On the options list will be air suspension combined with Porsche’s PDCC anti-roll system, as it was on the previous model.

Another part of the charm of the GTS is that its sports seats are trimmed in grippy Alcantara fake suede, which lends the lofty SUV’s cabin a sporty feel.

The new Cayenne GTS will be priced from £67,000 in the UK — a £12k premium over the Cayenne S. It will go on sale from July.

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10 April 2012

I actually thought they'd improved the look of the current gen Cayenne over the original to the point where it doesn't scare children.

This GTS looks awful, though. The bigger holes in the front and that ghastly launch colour are the culprits I think..


10 April 2012

What an ugly heap of turd that cannot be polished.

10 April 2012

Actually, I think it looks quite good.......... compared with a 1-Series BMW. Engelbert

10 April 2012

[quote Engelbert]Actually, I think it looks quite good.......... compared with a 1-Series BMW[/quote]

It makes the 1-Series look beautiful. This thing is grotesque - it makes me heave!

10 April 2012

The Cayenne overall is a much better looking car, but still not handsome. This colour does not suit it at all. Ghastly!

Interestingly, its the first time in a while I've seen a slight hike in performance from a model equate to official fuel economy figures drop.

10 April 2012

The test car's 'bubonic green' does no favours; in black or a dark tungsten it'd look OK? Erm, hang on, I just looked at the rear-end shot... Fugly!

10 April 2012

I agree with Fidji. Porsche will put those tasteless tuning companies out of business - there's nothing left for them to ruin.

10 April 2012

"Fuel economy takes a slight hit"

Now, that 2.5mpg decrease in efficiency is 8.6% of the Cayenne S mpg figure and Autocar report this as a slight hit. Would an increase in efficiency by a similar figure be reported as "slightly improved" or would it be trumpeted as "a commendable 9% increase in efficiency"?

Just wondering...

10 April 2012

[quote Autocar]But a large part of the GTS’s appeal is its unique, lowered chassis... The ride height is 24mm lower than that of the Cayenne S... [/quote] Now that's funny; like shaving 6ft off Everest.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

10 April 2012

looks like something one blows off a blocked nose!!!

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