The V8 engine is back for the Porsche Cayenne GTS. Gone is the twin-turbo V6 and (correctly) the Cayenne GTS now has a twin-turbo V8 with some serious poke (and sound).
When the first generation of the Cayenne was introduced to the market, its top-model was the 450 hp Turbo version. Over time, a naturally aspirated V8 was offered for the GTS range, which was downsized to a twin-turbo V6 unit. From 2020, the GTS kept a pair of turbochargers but moved back to a V8 unit. It was, again, one of the best-balanced options for the Cayenne.
The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine offers 454 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 457 ft lbs @ 1800 rpm. It was paired to a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox. Due to the sport suspension, it sat 20 mm (0.8”) lower than the Cayenne S.
On the outside, the GTS gets the usual more aggressive GTS design elements. Overall, we love the GTS loo, with its black accents and more aggressive stance. The GTS also gets a specifically tuned exhaust system. 21-inch wheels are standard and the suspension is lowered and fitted with standard active dampers and a torque-vectoring system that’s optional on all other Cayenne models, including the Turbo. Black is the decor of choice: The wheels are black, the front and rear lights are dark-tinted, and so are most logos. The seats are specific to the GTS.
The GTS Coupe is new and is less practical, but looks cooler. The GTS coupe gets a special sports exhaust system with two large pipes positioned near the center of the vehicle. Combined exclusively with the optional lightweight package it is a good choice for smaller families. It starts at $108,650 for the standard model and $111,850 for the GTS coupe.
Dynamism and exclusivity together: with the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupé, Porsche is supplementing its SUV line-up with two new models designed with superb driving performance in mind. Typically for the GTS models, the powertrain plays a particularly important part: instead of the 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine from its predecessor, a V8 heart now beats once more under the bonnet of the Porsche Cayenne GTS. With an output of 338 kW (460 PS) and torque of 620 Nm, the four-litre biturbo engine offers significantly improved performance in all disciplines. Both GTS models sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package and have a top speed of 270 km/h. A lowered performance-oriented chassis, a unique design and enhanced equipment round off the new GTS package.
Powerful, efficient, emotive: V8 engine with new sports exhaust systems
With the Porsche-developed four-litre V8 biturbo engine from the flagship Cayenne model, the new Porsche Cayenne GTS now delivers 14 kW (20 PS) and 20 Nm more than its predecessor. This leads to significantly improved performance, something which applies equally to the new Cayenne GTS Coupé: the standard sprint from 0 – 100 km/h is now 0.6 seconds faster than before with the Sport Chrono package. Top speed has been increased by eight km/h. At the same time, great importance has been placed on efficiency. Among other things, this has been achieved by the optimally matched Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission, adaptive cylinder control, direct petrol injection with central injector position and an intelligently designed thermal management system. According to the NEDC combined cycle, the sportiest Cayenne models offer a fuel consumption of 11.4 to 11.2 l/100 km.
To match the new car’s impressive performance, its specially configured sports exhaust systems deliver a highly emotive aural experience. Fitted as standard is an exhaust system with its tailpipes located at the outer sides of the car’s rear, designed to produce a rich, sporty sound with a unique character. The high frequency-tuned sports exhaust system is a new development. It features two centrally positioned oval tailpipes that are offered exclusively on the Cayenne GTS Coupé and in future also on the Cayenne Turbo Coupé – in combination with the optional Lightweight Sports Package in each case.
20 millimetres lower with dynamic damper control
The chassis set-up of the new Porsche Cayenne GTS models creates the ideal prerequisites for outstanding lateral dynamics. The standard steel-spring suspension lowers the car by 20 millimetres and includes Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) for active and very sporty damper control. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also fitted as standard. In combination with its standard 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, the generously sized grey cast iron brakes (390 x 38 mm at the front, 358 x 28 mm at the rear), fitted with red brake callipers, the new Cayenne GTS models bring the agility and spontaneity of a true sports car to the SUV segment. As an option, deceleration can be optimised by means of the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). Further options include 10 mm-lower three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system.
Sport Design package and characteristic GTS accents as standard
The standard Sport Design package ensures a unique and exclusive appearance in combination with numerous accents in Black. The new Cayenne GTS models are equipped as standard with satin-gloss Black 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels. The LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the LED tail light bar are also dark-tinted. The front air intakes, side window trims, tailpipes of the sports exhaust system and the model and Porsche logos on the rear are all in Black.
High-quality materials such as Alcantara® on the rooflining, seat centre panels, centre console armrests and doors, as well as dark-brushed aluminium, make it possible to also see and feel the sporty yet elegant characteristics of the Cayenne GTS models in their interiors. Standard eight-way sports seats, exclusively reserved for the new GTS models, offer optimal support for dynamic cornering due to the increased height of their side bolsters. These are exclusively reserved for the new GTS models. GTS logos can be found on the front doors, door entry sills, rev counter and head restraints. Numerous personalisation options include the GTS interior package, with additional colour accents in Carmine Red or Crayon, for items such as decorative stitching.
The new Porsche Cayenne GTS models are available to order now and will be in dealerships from the beginning of July 2020. In Germany, prices start at €114,087 for the Cayenne GTS and €118,490 for the Cayenne GTS Coupé – each including VAT and with country-specific equipment.