The latest iteration of the Porsche Cayenne GTS is a sportier take on the Cayenne, it enjoyed its first showing at the Beijing Motor Show.
Porsche decided it was time to roll out the GTS treatment for the latest version of the Cayenne, which usually bows in after the range has had a year or two to bed in. It offers a sportier, harder-edged version of the standard Porsche; fitting in the range between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo.
The 2012 Cayenne GTS follows the GTS formula faithfully with power from the naturally aspirated V8 in the Cayenne S increased to 414bhp in the GTS, giving it the ability to sprint to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and 100mph in 13.3 seconds.
Porsche say the Cayenne GTS is ‘Sitting like in an SUV, driving like in a sports car’, and they’re not wrong. Even though the Turbo is a chunk quicker, the GTS always feels more driver orientated. That’s thanks to a tweaked chassis with PASM and a lower ride height (by 24mm), as well as the extra power.
The Cayenne GTS also shouts its intentions, with a nose borrowed from the Cayenne Turbo, bulging side skirts and wider wheel arches and a twin-wing roof spoiler at the back. Inside is GTS-sporty too with leather and Alcantara and sports seats in the front.
The car hits the UK this month and we have a very early black car available immediately. The car is finished with black interior and red calipers, which are a standard feature on the GTS and help add to its sporty stance.