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GTS is GR8 again

The Porsche Cayenne GTS and GTS Coupé are back with a V8 under the hood

Porsche Cayenne GTS

July 2020

There are once again eight glorious cylinders for the new Porsche Cayenne GTS.

Together with its more swoopy-looking doppelganger, the Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupé, the power is now provided by a 4.0-litre biturbo V8.

In its previous incarnation, the second-generation GTS had been downsized to a 3.6-litre V6 twin-turbo. But for the third-gen model, Porsche has gone back to an eight-pot (although it is still smaller than the first-gen version’s 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8).

Other improvements for the latest GTS are:

Power/torque hikes

The new GTS gets an additional 20 hp and 20 Nm, to enable the standard sprint from zero to 100 kmh to now be 0.6 seconds faster than before in Sport Plus mode (available only with the Sport Chrono package).

So zero to 100 kmh takes 4.5 seconds, while zero to 200 kmh is 17.6 seconds. Doing without the aid of Sport Plus adds 0.3 of a second to both runs.

The GTS Coupé gets Sport Plus as standard.

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Same specs… almost

Both the Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupé share virtually the same power and body specs, such as a top speed of 270 kmh, overall length of 4,929 mm long and an extensive 2,895 mm wheelbase.

The only differences are that the GTS Coupé’s sloping roofline cuts 20 mm off the height to 1,656. But paradoxically, the more athletic-looking variant’s kerb weight is 30 kg heavier at 2,175 kg.

Down 20 mm

The GTS’s standard steel-spring suspension is 20 mm lower 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.

Big brakes

To ensure confident deceleration, there are huge cast iron brakes – 390 x 38 mm in front and 358 x 28 mm behind – fitted with red brake callipers.

Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) are optional.

Sensational soundtrack

A specially configured sports exhaust system delivers a highly emotive aural experience, with the tailpipes located at the outer sides of the car’s rear to produce a rich, sporty sound.

Also new is the high frequency-tuned sports exhaust system, featuring two centrally positioned oval tailpipes that are offered exclusively on the Cayenne GTS Coupé.

Tempting options

A 10 mm-lower three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering, and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system are just some of the tempting extras available for the GTS. 

 

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Typical GTS accents
The standard Sport Design package stands out with its 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.

Inside, there is Alcantara everywhere, as well as dark-brushed aluminium with standard eight-way sports seats.

Prices

The Cayenne GTS is banded C2 under VES (S$20,000 surcharge) and listed at S$520,388.

The Cayenne GTS Coupé costs about S$13,000 more at S$533,788. Both prices are without COE.

 

Porsche Cayenne GTS / GTS Coupé

Engine – 3,996cc V8 turbocharged

Power – 460 hp @ 6,000-6,500 rpm

Torque – 620 Nm @ 1,800-4,500 rpm

Gearbox – 8-speed Tiptronic S auto transmission

0-100 kmh – 4.8 secs / 4.5 secs

0-200 kmh – 17.9 secs / 17.6 secs

Top speed – 270 kmh

Distributor – Stuttgart Auto, tel 6472-4433

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