This is the new Porsche Cayenne GTS, and it is a 2.2-ton center finger to cutting back. Truly people, it’s 2020, and the goldilocks of Porsche’s games SUV extend now comes back with a major V8.
Not as large a V8 as when the first-gen Cayenne GTS launched (that was a 4.8-liter normally suctioned thing), yet a sizeable one in any case. For this third-age GTS Porsche has jettisoned the old 3.6-liter turbo V6, and opened in a detuned variant of the V8 you get in the range-topping Turbo. Top ‘T’, recall.
This one obviously has a turbo, yet with a little ‘t’. Two of them, truth be told, darted onto that V8 to create 454bhp – up 20bhp over the old V6 – and 457lb ft of torque, which is additionally a smidge more than the old vehicle.
All things considered, both the Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Coupe GTS (the first run through the Coupe gets such a classification) record 0-62mph occasions of 4.5s – over a large portion of a second snappier – and top paces of 173mph. Both of those details are conceivable by means of Porsche’s Sport Chrono pack. Which you need.
Porsche figures changes to the V8’s motor chamber control, direct infusion and thermal management system – and a retuned eight-speed tiptronic auto – mean economy figures of 20-21.2mpg are conceivable. We will see.
The V8 is coordinated to another games exhaust framework – a couple of twin channels on the SUV, simply the two funnels on the Coupe – said to convey “a highly emotive aural experience”. Since V8.
What’s more, since this V8 is the sweet spot between passage level Cayenne and distraught pooch Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (which you can peruse our review of here), it highlights 20mm lower suspension on standard steel-springs, versatile dampers (PASM), torque vectoring, and 21in RS Spyder wheels concealing 390mm circles in advance and 358mm on the back. Beefy.
There are alternatives obviously. Better brakes. Three-chamber air suspension. Back hub guiding. Dynamic skeleton control. Not recorded on this specific sheet is the choice to not accepting a major 2.2-ton SUV and get a V8 estate instead…
Regardless, the Cayenne has consistently been something worth being thankful for to drive, and keeping in mind that the outside of this third-gen vehicle hasn’t varied much from the second-age, GTS models get colored LED head-and tail-lights, and black air intakes/window trims/exhaust pipes. Inside there’s loads of Alcantara, aluminum, and eight-way movable games seats with more profound side bolsters. Maybe serving of mixed greens ought to turn into your new closest companion.