The second coming is finally here, and it goes by the title of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS. Porsche has put 20 more horses under the hood to bring matters to 420 horsepower, and to get more out of them it has lowered the chassis a further 20 mm and installed a lower final-drive ratio. The one unkind note: whereas the first GTS was available with a six-speed manual, this one is fitted exclusively with Porsche's eight-speed Tiptronic S paddleshift gearbox.
In the search for improved fuel economy, stop-start is standard, and when things get underway, the extra go-fast means a 5.4-second roar from zero to 60 mph. Along with unique side skirts and wheel arches, features only on the GTS include new Peridot Metallic (as shown) and Carmine Red paint, unique 20-inch wheels and eight-way GTS seats inside.
The SUV with the driving fun of a sports car is entering its second generation. In Beijing, at the Auto China 2012, Porsche will reveal the new Cayenne GTS. Its notion: a concentration of sporty performance. Its recipe: a more powerful engine with more dynamic response, a tauter chassis with lower ride height and more sporty features.
The new Cayenne GTS doesn’t just fill the gap between the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo but also differentiates itself clearly from the other models with its own unique character.
The Cayenne GTS’s bonnet conceals a 309 kW (420 hp) upgraded V8 engine, based on the 4.8-litre Cayenne S power unit. Power is transferred via an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with integrated auto start/stop function. The engine and transmission have been specially calibrated to provide instant bursts of speed.
The Cayenne GTS sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, reaching 160 km/h in 13.3 seconds. Top speed is 261 km/h and the NEDC fuel consumption is 10.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
The specially tuned chassis ensures thrilling driving dynamics. It is more tautly tuned, equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and lowers the body by 24 mm relative to the Cayenne S. As a result, the new Cayenne GTS is even closer to the road and moves with extra composure and agility.
The Cayenne GTS’s bold external design declares its sportier intensions with eye-catching features such as the powerful front styling of the Cayenne Turbo, door frames and trims in high-gloss black, prominent side skirts and wider wheel arches, as well as a distinctive twin deck roof spoiler. The sporting theme carries through to the GTS’s interior with extensive use of leather and Alcantara. Front sports seats with eight-way adjustment are also standard.