Porsche will be unveiling a sporting new version of the popular Caynenne S model called the GTS at the Fankfurt Motor Show next week. With the latest sales figures in North American putting the Cayenne up 45% this year, there's no doubt Porsche is keen to offer more selection. However, despite the original SUV mantra of off-road prowess, this GTS model seems to be dressed with urban street wear. A lowered suspension, 21-inch multi-spoke wheels, Cayenne Turbo body kit and special GTS Red and Nordic Gold Metallic paint scheme define the look. But the sporty package isn't just for looks.
For the first time, the Cayenne is equipped with driving aids which were previously reserved for Porsche sports cars. Such goodies include electronically-controlled suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which together lower the Cayenne 24mm. Other driver aids optionally available include air suspension and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system.
On the inside the front seats are upgraded to newly-developed 12-way adjustable sports seats as well as a mix of leather and Alcantara upholstery.
The 4.8 liter V8 gets a slight power increase of 20hp to 405hp (302kW) while torque remains unchanged. Six-speed manual transmission comes standard but the Tipronic six-speed is also available as an option. The power increase plus a shorter final drive ratio (4.1:1 as opposed to 3.55:1) which is included with the standard transmission reduces 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time to just 6.1 seconds (0.5 seconds faster).
The Cayenne hits global markets in February 2008. In Germany it will cost 76,725 Euros including 19 percent VAT. Base price is 64,300 Euros. The base price for the USA (MSRP) is US $69,300 and in the UK and Ireland from £54,350.
New Porsche Cayenne GTS showcases on-road dynamics
The new Porsche Cayenne GTS, which makes its world debut at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 11, features a specially developed chassis: it is the first Cayenne to offer the electronically-controlled damping system, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with steel springs. This combination, which also lowers the Cayenne by 24mm, was previously reserved exclusively for Porsche sports cars.
Furthermore, the car boasts an enhanced version of the direct fuel injection (DFI) 4.8-litre V8 petrol engine. The engine in the Cayenne GTS yields 405bhp (298 kW) at 6,500rpm – 20bhp more than in the Cayenne S. Maximum torque remains unchanged at 500Nm at 3,500rpm.
In order to further exploit this horsepower increase, the GTS comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and a shorter axle final drive ratio than the Cayenne S (4.1:1 as opposed to 3.55:1). The Cayenne GTS can thus accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 6.1 seconds, precisely 0.5 seconds quicker than the Cayenne S.
The Cayenne GTS can be specified with the Tiptronic S six-speed automatic transmission, in which guise it offers an average fuel consumption of 20.3mpg (13.9 litres/100 km) in accordance with EU standards.
The Cayenne GTS is fitted with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanent all-wheel drive and the adaptive PASM chassis as standard. Air suspension is available as an option, as is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system which enhances the handling and ride comfort further still. Newly-developed 12-way adjustable sports seats and a mix of leather and Alcantara upholstery creates a sporty interior ambience.
The new Cayenne GTS is instantly recognizable: the front and rear share styling cues with the Cayenne Turbo, and the striking 14mm wheel-arch extensions offer plenty of space for the 21-inch alloy rims with 295/35 R21 tyres fitted as standard. Two new colours have also been reserved exclusively for the GTS: GTS Red and Nordic Gold Metallic.
The new Porsche Cayenne GTS will be priced from £54,350, including a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and a Porsche Driving Experience programme. The car will be on sale in the UK and Ireland from February 2008.