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Porsche Brings Back The GTS Moniker To The Cayenne Lineup


This variant sits in between the Cayenne S and Turbo variants

 

  • Both models now feature a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine replacing the old V6.

  • More powerful by 20PS and 19Nm than its predecessor and four-tenths quicker off the line.

  • Exteriors receive blacked-out accents all over as well as an optional central-mounted exhaust setup.

  • It also gets Alcantara bits and blacked-out aluminium detailing inside, alongside 8-way adjustable front sports seats.

  • Likely to hit Indian shores in 2021.

Porsche has finally brought back the GTS moniker to the Cayenne family with the debut of the third-gen Cayenne GTS. And now, it is also available in the SUV-coupe body style for the first time. The GTS will act as a middle ground between the S variants and the Turbo variants. Here’s what’s changed in the third-gen Cayenne GTS/GTS Coupe

The main talking point of the new Cayenne GTS/GTS Coupe is what’s under the hood. Gone is the old 3.6-litre turbo-V6 from its predecessor and in comes a new mighty 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine from the range-topping Cayenne Turbo. This motor is detuned and now produces 453PS of power and 620Nm of torque, 97PS and 150Nm lesser than the Turbo. That said, it’s an increase of 20PS and 19Nm over the V6 motor. Both GTS variants are paired to an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive. All this propels the two models from 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds when fitted with the Sport Chrono pack. This is an improvement of around four-tenths over its predecessor. The two models top out at 168mph (270kmph).

Other performance bits include a bespoke Porsche Active Suspension Management system for the GTS, in which the dampers, combined with the standard three-chamber air suspension, lower the ride height by 30mm compared to the Cayenne S. The engine also comes fitted with a sports exhaust so you can hear the roar of the V8 motor while canning it. 

 

In terms of looks, the Cayenne GTS/GTS Coupe now features a Sports Design package which packs in subtle bits to separate it from its standard siblings. This includes blacked-out air intakes, side window trim, tailpipes and model logos. Other highlights are a new set of 21-inch satin black alloy wheels, dark tinted LED headlights and LED tail-light bar. It also sits 20mm lower to the ground thanks to the dynamic damping control. Apart from giving it an aggressive stance, it also helps while cornering thanks to a lower centre of gravity. You also get the option of a central sports exhaust setup aside from the outer standard positioned setup.

Interior highlights include Alcantara accents in the centre of the seats, centre console, door panels, and headliner alongside a black-brushed aluminium detailing. You also get eight-way adjustable front sports seats in the GTS models as standard.

Deliveries for the Cayenne GTS and GTS Coupe will begin by 2021. Back home, Porsche sells the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe at prices starting from Rs 1.20 crore and Rs 1.32 crore respectively (ex-showroom). There’s no word yet on when Porsche will bring these two variants to Indian shores, but we expect them sometime in 2021. 

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