The Porsche Cayenne GTS just made its unspectacular reveal, and in keeping with our contract we've got live shots of the automaker's SUV savior. The new DFI 4.8-liter V8 is producing 405 HP at 6,800 RPM and 369 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 RPM. The styling changes are decidedly dull, with the incorporation of the Cayenne Turbo's front fascia, a new spoiler, color-matched door handles and a few other tweaks.
You can examine them yourself in the gallery below and check out Porsche's press release after the jump.
The New Porsche Cayenne GTS
Introducing the GTS, Porsche is supplementing the Cayenne range with a particularly sporting and dynamic model, the Cayenne GTS standing out in particular through its chassis and suspension developed specifically for this model variant: This is the first Cayenne to combine steel springs with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, a suspension concept so far reserved exclusively to Porsche sports cars in this combination.
New intake system and more power
The even more powerful eight-cylinder normal-aspiration engine with DFI Direct Fuel Injection is one of the main factors contributing to the impressive driving dynamics of the Cayenne GTS. With the intake system being upgraded and enlarged, the 4.8-litre power unit now offers maximum output of 405 bhp (298 kW) at 6,500 rpm. Maximum torque of 500 Newton-metres/369 lb-ft, on the other hand, comes at 3,500 rpm. Pressing the Sports Button fea-tured as standard the driver is able to give the engine, the automatic transmission and the vehicle's control systems an even more dynamic, sportier response.
For supreme performance – six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive
The supreme power of the V8 power unit is transmitted to the wheels by a six-speed manual gearbox also featured as standard on the Cayenne S. To enhance agility to an even higher level, the final drive ratio on the new Cayenne GTS has been reduced from 3.55:1 to 4.1:1, PTM Porsche Traction Management with permanent all-wheel drive ensuring optimum distribution of drive power on all four wheels. When changing lanes at high speeds or when driving on a slippery surface, for example, PTM ensures a very high standard of active safety at all times.
Superior engine power and the shorter transmission ratio make the Cayenne GTS particularly dynamic and agile on the road, the manual-gearbox model accelerating to 100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 253 km/h or 157 mph, and the Cayenne GTS takes just 6.6 seconds to complete the sprint from 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) in second-highest gear.
Active anti-roll stability for even greater fun in bends and on winding roads
PDCC Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is available as an option supplementing PASCM suspension management. Incorporating two active anti-roll bars, PDCC almost completely sets off body sway in bends, improving both handling and comfort all in one.
Further options also available are six-speed Tiptronic S with sporting, appropriately modified gearshift points and air suspension with self-levelling and ride height adjustment.
Particularly sporting and dynamic – design and features
The sporting Cayenne GTS is clearly recognisable at very first sight. For while the front and rear end are the same as on the Cayenne Turbo, the wheel arches flared by approximately 14 millimetres or " on each side give the Cayenne GTS the most muscular look of all models in the series. A further point is that ride height on the GTS is 24 millimetres or 0.95" lower than on the Cayenne S due to the sporting and even more dynamic suspension.
The new Cayenne TS comes as standard on 21-inch Cayenne sports tyres measuring 295/35 in size.
Both the driver and front passenger enjoy new sports seats adjustable electrically in no less than 12 directions in the Cayenne GTS, with the additional benefit of extra-high side support elements. The rear seats are a special development for this sports model, a particular high-light being the individual seat contour at the rear. However, the Cayenne GTS still offers five adults sufficient space and is able to handle major transport requirements thanks to its rear seat bench tilting down in separate sections.
The New Porsche Cayenne GTS
Introducing the Cayenne GTS, Porsche is once again setting the standard in the market seg-ment of sports utility vehicles. This is the first model within the Cayenne range to feature a combination of steel springs and PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, that is the suspension already well-known on Porsche's sports cars. A further point is that the Cayenne GTS is 24 millimetres or 0.95" lower than the Cayenne and Cayenne S, with this very exclu-sive sporting model coming as standard on 21-inch wheels measuring 295/35 in size.
V8 normal-aspiration power unit with even higher output
The superior V8 normal-aspiration power unit with DFI Direct Fuel Injection based on the powerful engine already featured in the Cayenne S ensures spontaneous power and per-formance at all times. The extra power of the engine comes to bear above all at higher en-gine speeds, with maximum output of 405 bhp (298 kW) at 6,500 rpm, an increase over the Cayenne S by 20 bhp. Maximum torque of 500 Newton-metres/369 lb-ft, in turn, comes at 3,500 rpm.
This increase in power and torque is the result of detailed refinement on the high-performance power unit, Porsche's engineers focusing above all on the intake manifold and ensuring an even smoother, unrestricted supply of air: Benefiting from the even larger cross-section of the Y-shaped air manifold, even more air is now able to reach the throttle butterfly in a smooth process, the throttle butterfly itself being enlarged in diameter from 76 to 82 milli-metres (3.0 –3.2").
Sports Button for even better response
The Sports Button featured as standard in the new Cayenne GTS offers the driver the choice of a basic setting for optimised fuel economy and particularly sports-oriented driving qua-li-ties in the Sports Mode. This special sports setting adjusts the accelerator pedal control map and modifies the response of the engine accordingly. A further point is that when pressing the Sports Button the driver also switches over the sports exhaust system likewise standard on the Cayenne GTS to even lower counter-pressure and activates the Sports Mode on Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
The Cayenne GTS comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, that is the same transmission already featured on the Cayenne S. However, the final drive ratio on this new sports model has been shortened from 3.55:1 to 4.1:1. Together with the more powerful engine, the GTS thus offers even better acceleration and greater agility, ensuring a standard of performance quite exceptional in its class: Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in just 6.1 seconds, with the ultra-sporting and dynamic Cayenne GTS completing the interim sprint from 80 to 120 km/h (50-75 mph) in just 6.6 seconds. Top speed, finally, is 253 km/h or 157 mph.
Steel suspension and PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management
For the first time the Cayenne now comes with a combination of steel springs on the suspen-sion with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, a high-tech adaptive damper system. Compared with the Cayenne S, the steel springs on the Cayenne GTS are firmer and tauter, and the entire vehicle is lowered by 24 millimetres or 0.95". At the same time camber on the front and rear wheels is somewhat more negative than on the "regular" Cayenne S, allo-wing the Cayenne GTS to achieve even higher lateral acceleration.
To match the steel springs, Porsche's engineers have developed a special variant of PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, introducing a special control strategy for an even more sporting style of motoring. And like the PASM suspension on the other versions within the Cayenne range, PASM may be combined with air suspension also on the Cayenne GTS.
The superior standard of driving dynamics provided by the new Cayenne GTS from the start can be further enhanced by the optional PDCC Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control anti-roll stability system. This continuous, ongoing stability system limits side sway of the car in bends, providing almost complete compensation of body roll under nearly all driving con-ditions. Responding very quickly to specific requirements, PDCC is indeed able, through its active anti-roll bars, to build up appropriate support forces even before the body is able to start swaying in a bend.
Sporting look both outside and inside
The Cayenne GTS clearly expresses its outstanding status as a very sporting and dynamic model also through its looks. The front of the vehicle with its large air intakes and the powerful rear end are reminiscent of the particularly muscular look of the Cayenne Turbo. The wheel arches, in turn, are flared out an extra 14 millimetres or 0.55" to accommodate the Cayenne sport wheels running on 295/35 tyres. Black trim plates over the B- and C-pillars, as well as black window surrounds and door handles, finally, give the Cayenne GTS a particularly muscular appearance full of character at very first sight.
The highlight within the Cayenne GTS with its sophisticated fittings and features is the spor-ting but comfortable seats, the driver and front passenger enjoying life on 12-way sports seats with extra-high side support elements. Indeed, the seats adjust not only vertically and horizontally at the touch of a button, but also allow adjustment of the seat bottom angle and the backrest angle, as well as the lumbar support. And the rear seat bench, matching this configuration, also comes with individual seat contours reflecting the particular character of the car.