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If you're looking to augment your garage with something more punchy than a Cayenne S, but can't afford the dilithium crystals required to power the warp engines in the delightfully obscene Cayenne Turbo, Porsche has come up with a new middle ground in the 405-horsepower Cayenne GTS. The V8 in Porsche's newest SUV is basically a massaged version of the one in the Cayenne S, but in the GTS, it can be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox for maximum entertainment. A turbo-like front end, 21-inch wheels, air suspension with PASM, and Alcantara seating designed to hold your Brooks Brothers slacks like velcro are all part of the package, too. If you want in on the party, prepare to hand the nice man at the door at least $69,300. And remember, every time you rev the engine, an RS Spyder stirs. Porsche PR after the jump.

[Source: Porsche]


GTS to offer the best on-road characteristics of any Cayenne Porsche

ATLANTA, January 29, 2008 – Porsche will add some spice to the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Auto Show by unveiling the Cayenne GTS to the American public. Already known for exceptional on and off-road prowess, the GTS has been formulated, tested and tweaked to offer the best on-road characteristics of any Cayenne Porsche has ever produced.

The Cayenne GTS features a 405hp 4.8 liter V-8 engine. Based on the same V8 found in the Cayenne S, this more robust powerplant can be coupled either with an automatic Tiptronic S or, for the first time in a Cayenne V8, a six-speed manual transmission for those who want to take full advantage of this new power and suspension package. The GTS gets its cornering prowess from standard 21-inch alloy rims equipped with 295/35 R21 tires and air suspension that features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The Cayenne GTS front end is reminiscent of the Cayenne Turbo while the body has a lower stance and a striking new wheel-arch design that complements the new 21-inch rims. The interior boasts redesigned front and rear seats that offer a sportier look and feel with Alcantara to hold both driver and passenger in place during spirited driving.

The 2008 Cayenne GTS goes on sale in February and pricing for this new model is US $69,300.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., and its subsidiary, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., are the exclusive importers of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles for the United States and Canada. A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG, PCNA employs approximately 250 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 212 U.S. and Canadian dealers. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Almost 10 years and they still have done nothing with that hideous from end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like how they call it a "middle ground". At $70k though, it's still fairly costly (I'm assuming that's before it is optioned out).

      Slightly used Turbos can be found in the secondary market for the same price.

      • 7 Years Ago

      Love your Avatar. Is that your car? 2002 Turbo. Very nice!!! Talk about Turbo Lag...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know if anyone who would spend $70k on an SUV and want it to have a 6-speed manual. I drive a stick, so don't get me wrong, it's the best way to go. But, this is meant to be driven by soccer moms.

      Probably really, really hot soccer moms.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You did :P.

        Not saying that girls can't (or don't want to) drive a stick - I know quite a few who do. My point is just that they aren't driving SUVs :).
        • 7 Years Ago
        My g/f drives an R32.

        Yes, I found a keeper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just wanted to say that I really liked the commercial Porsche has out for the Cayenne GTS. It's pretty cool. If you haven't seen it, follow the link below...


      As for GTS itself, I like it. But then again, I'm not in the market for an $70k SUV
      • 7 Years Ago
      10 years? The Cayenne has only been out since MY 2004.

      My brother has a 2002 X5 4.6iS with a DINAN kit... It screams, but its also extremely loud and can be uncomfortable after hours of driving. I figure if you're already going that far, you might as well row your own gears too.

      Unfortunately for Porsche, the upcoming Twin Turbo X5 iS replacement will surely give this thing a run for its money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My favorite thing about Autoblog?

      The technically correct Star Trek references, easily.