• Sep 7th 2007 at 6:47AM
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Looks like the rumor we posted yesterday is true. Porsche will indeed unveil the Cayenne GTS at Frankfurt next week. Positioned between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, the GTS is the first Cayenne to be equipped with the active suspension (PASM) combined with steel springs -- a configuration that, until now, was reserved for the automaker's sports cars. Its sits 24 mm lower than the S and its V8 gets a 20 hp bump to 405 horsepower. Visually, the GTS wears the same front and rear fascias as the Cayenne Turbo. It's also outfitted with 21-inch wheels and there are two new colors exclusive to it: GTS Red and Nordic Gold Metallic. A six-speed manual is standard equipment, with Tiptronic S optionally available. Look for the Cayenne GTS in showrooms in February 2008. US buyers should set aside $69,300 if they'd like to park one in their driveways.

Porsche's press release is included after the jump.

[Source: Porsche via Autoblog Spanish]

New Porsche Cayenne GTS now even more powerful

Stuttgart. With the new Cayenne GTS, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, is reiterating the successful Cayenne series' prominence in the sporty SUV segment. The model, which celebrates its world debut at the IAA in Frankfurt, features an enhanced 4.8-liter V8, has been lowered by 24 millimeters and has a specially developed chassis: it is the first Cayenne to feature the electronically controlled damping system, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with steel springs. This combination was previously reserved exclusively for Porsche sports cars.

The 4.8-liter engine with direct gasoline fuel injection (DFI) in the Cayenne GTS yields 405bhp (298 kW) at 6,500 revolutions per minute – 20bhp more than in the Cayenne S. Maximum torque remains unchanged at 500Nm at 3,500 revolutions per minute.

This, the sportiest of Porsche SUVs, comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and a shorter axle drive ratio than the Cayenne S (4.1:1 as opposed to 3.55:1). The Cayenne GTS can thus accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 6.1 seconds, precisely 0.5 seconds quicker than the Cayenne S.

The Cayenne GTS is fitted with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanent all-wheel drive and the adaptive PASM chassis as standard. As well as optional air suspension, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system is available to enhance handling and ride comfort. Newly developed 12-way sports seats and a leather-Alcantara mix emphasize the sporty interior.

The new Cayenne GTS is instantly recognizable: the front and rear look the same as the Cayenne Turbo, and the striking 14mm wheel-arch enlargements offer plenty of space for the standard 21-inch alloy rims with 295/35 R21 tires. Two new colors have also been reserved exclusively for the GTS: GTS Red and Nordic Gold Metallic.

The new Cayenne model with Tiptronic S transmission has an average consumption of 13.9 liters/100 km in accordance with EU standards. Global dispatch will start in February 2008. In Germany it will cost 76,725 Euros including 19 percent VAT and country-specific requirements; the base price is 64,300 Euros. The base price for the USA (MSRP USA) is US $69,300.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      +1 Roman And Gooch

      I posted this in the previous thread before I saw this official announcement:

      I shared similar views before deciding to look at the Cayenne last year. I live in LA and was fortunate enough to find a good dealer located near some twisties that they used as part of their test route (they've since stopped this practice due to complaints from neighbors).

      Our sales rep was a Porsche Club of America driving school instructor and was used to selling the Cayennes to Soccer Moms as status cars. He was very pleased to have enthusiasts interested, and after a back to back comparison of the V6 in Manual and the Cayenne S in Tip he asked if we'd like for him to drive. We'd all (Myself, My Wife, and a friend) been quite impressed with the lack of body roll, power, and handling.

      He proceeded to completely blow that out of the water. We charged up this canyon road full of 25MPH switchbacks at 50-70MPH with barely a hint of body roll, a 5000lb+ SUV loaded with 4 adults hunkering down and handling like an overgrown sportscar. People like to say that Porsche has defeated the law of physics with the handling of the rear engine 911, but I think the Cayenne is the most extreme example of this and is unfortunately often overlooked.

      I really wanted a MT and didn't end up getting a Cayenne for this and other reasons. Up until today I'd been unmoved by their recent refresh, but it sounds like the GTS might be exactly what I was looking for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the exterior is nothing special either, but I love Porsche too.

      • 8 Years Ago
      If you want a high performance people mover with some cache just buy a Mercedes, BMW or Audi wagon.

      SUV's are soooo yesterday!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Believe me when I say the Cayenne will embarrass many sports cars and keep up with some you would think would blow it away. This looks like the Cayenne to get if you're into high-end SUVs.
        • 8 Years Ago
        And why should anyone care, except for academics' sake?
      • 8 Years Ago
      can anyone else hear the r32 asking for its rimes back?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I do not like the interior of this car, but I love Porsches.
        • 8 Years Ago
        It's not a car, and it's as far from a 911.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised is this is what was purported to be the Lambo SUV mule.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the first car in india is booked by me and i have made an extensive study on suvs 4.8lt v8 405bhp says u have arrived in style on top with a badge that speaks for itself so if u have the money dont waste a single minute more
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can it still get spanked by a Jeep GC SRT-8?!?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not that anyone asked, but I absolutely hate the Cayenne. A "sportscar SUV" makes about as much sense as a snowmobile/jetski. The Cayenne is stupid, tasteless and one of the ugliest cars on the road. The fact that it was Porsche's sales leader for years simultaneously proves that Porsche management have really good business sense and that the American car buying public have absolutely no common sense. Hopefully, with sales now tanking, Porsche will see fit to take this awful piece of crap off the market and forget that it ever existed.
        • 8 Years Ago
        This has been on my 10 ugliest vehicles list since it was introduced. Regardless of it's ungainly styling, it's real ugliness is in the fact that it highlights everything wrong with the oxymoronic "luxury SUV" segment.

        I'm sure it's very capable, and handles better than your average Tahoe, but even so, it never should have been.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Still the ugliest SUV on the road.
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