More Power for Porsche Cayenne GTS
With 20bhp more than the current Cayenne S, the new 405bhp Cayenne GTS accelerates from 0 to 62mph in a mere 6.1 seconds. The S took 6.6 seconds – hardly sluggish, but Porsche clearly feels that the outstanding success of its sporty SUV can be further enhanced with the introduction of an even quicker version.
The new model features an enhanced 4.8-litre V8 engine with direct fuel injection. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a shorter axle drive ratio than the Cayenne S (4.1:1 as opposed to 3.55:1) also helps to keep accleration brisk.
Other changes include the fact that the Cayenne has been lowered by 24mm and the GTS is the first of the model range 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 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 emphasise the sporty interior.
The new Cayenne GTS is instantly recognisable. While the front and rear look the same as the Cayenne Turbo, the striking 14mm wheel-arch enlargements offer plenty of space for the standard 21-inch alloy rims with 295/35 R21 tyres. Two new colours have been reserved exclusively for the GTS: GTS Red and Nordic Gold Metallic.
Average fuel consumption for the Cayenne GTS with Tiptronic S transmission comes in at 13.9 litres/100km (20.3mpg). Worldwide deliveries are scheduled to start in February 2008 but UK prices have yet to be confirmed.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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