Current Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe – Ultimate Guide
Three letters are all it takes to describe the glint in your eye and intense goosebumps – GTS, short for ‘Gran Turismo Sport.’ Pure and thrilling: the Cayenne GTS Coupe brings a motorsport atmosphere to the road with its striking appearance and athletic handling. What’s not to like about this performance machine? The Cayenne GTS Coupe swaps out the V6 engine for a twin-turbocharged V8 unit. It puts out a heady 453 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, enough juice to really stretch the legs of the GTS Coupe.
It will rocket to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds (with the Sport Chrono package) on its way to a 167 mph top speed. It’s less about the speed and more about the performance with the Cayenne GTS Coupe. The eight-speed transmission shifts seamlessly as the rev needle climbs to its 6,800 rpm redline. All the drama of the raucous V8 engine symphony is further elevated by a fruity sound from the standard active sport exhaust system. It makes you want to keep a heavy foot on the throttle, and the rewarding experience never gets old.
Porsche’s Sport Design Package is standard on the Cayenne GTS Coupe. It makes the car stand out with black accents for the front fascia, exhaust tips and badging. The vehicle also comes with body-coloured wheel arches, black 21-inch wheels and red brake callipers. Thankfully, the Cayenne GTS Coupe gets the Sport Chrono package as standard. It adds quite a few performance add-ons. They include launch control, Sport stability-control setting, a dash-mounted stopwatch timer, and a steering-wheel-mounted drive-mode selector.
Still, on performance, the GTS enhances the Cayenne’s cornering talents with standard adjustable air springs. Porsche’s adaptive PASM dampers and PTV Plus torque-vectoring system are also standard, as are big cast-iron brake rotors. They provide adequate stopping power to give the driver just the right amount of confidence to explore the car’s limits.
The experience does come at a price. The Cayenne GTS Coupe costs a not inconsiderable $115,800, and that’s before you get sucked into the whirlpool that’s Porsche’s extensive options list. Still, it’s less expensive than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and we daresay, more exciting.
Videos – 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Review
Press Release (June 12, 2020)
Now with a V8 engine again: the new Cayenne GTS models
Stuttgart. Dynamism and exclusivity together: with the 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 Cayenne GTS. With an output of 460 HP (338 kW) and torque of 620 Nm, the four-liter 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-liter V8 biturbo engine from the flagship Cayenne model, the new Cayenne GTS now delivers 20 HP (14 kW) 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 fuel 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 millimeters lower with dynamic damper control
The chassis set-up of the new Cayenne GTS models creates the ideal prerequisites for outstanding lateral dynamics. The standard steel-spring suspension lowers the car by 20 millimeters 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 calipers, 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 optimized 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 stabilization 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 taillight 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 roof lining, seat center panels, center console armrests and doors, as well as dark-brushed aluminum, 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 personalization options include the GTS interior package, with additional color accents in Carmine Red or Crayon, for items such as decorative stitching.