What is it?
The Cayenne GTS, driven in the UK for the first time following an initial go near the Arctic Circle. As with the Panamera, the GTS badge signifies an even sportier breed of Cayenne, but unlike the hatchback, which continues for now with the old 4.8-litre V8, the SUV gets a lightly fettled version of the new turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 already seen in the S model.
The power increase is modest, the £10k premium paying instead for an enhanced chassis that lowers the ride height by 24mm. That’s as standard, which our test car certainly wasn’t, having received self-leveling air suspension for £2328, Dynamic Chassis Control for £2186, Torque Vectoring Plus for £1011 and ceramic-composite brakes at £5924.
Serious ticking, then, and all contributing to a whopping £94,196 bottom line - £21,673 more than the GTS’s list price and very slightly dearer even than the Cayenne Turbo, a car which gets many of those goodies as standard. The model does come with a slightly different look though, the GTS Design Package including black gloss lettering, side sills, 20in wheels (optional 21s here), a roof spoiler and smoked LED tail-lights.