NOV 05th 2014

Porsche Cayenne GTS: sharper off‑roader puts the 'sports' in SUV

The very first Porsche to carry the GTS name was the 904 from 1963 but, in the modern era, it has come to define dynamically sharper versions of the entire Porsche range. Does the 904’s spirit really translate to an SUV? Porsche spends an entire paragraph of its press release justifying its existence. You know the arguments: Porsche’s customers want the sportiest cars across all categories, the four-door range is its most profitable, selling 4x4s allows it to invest in sports cars…

By now, surely we’re already sold on those points – and Porsche needn’t be quite so embarrassed about its fast off-roaders. We’ve had a physics-defying Cayenne GTS before, and the new one is likely to pull same trick. And as long as GTS editons of the 911, Boxster and Cayman still exist, aren’t we happy?

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The new £72,523 Cayenne GTS has a twin-turbo V6, which has more power (434bhp) and torque (443lb ft) than the old GTS’s naturally-aspirated V8, and claimed performance figures of 162mph and a 0-62mph time of 5.2sec. Or 5.1 with Sport Chrono if your time is really that important. What else does it get? A lowered ride height, bigger brakes from the Turbo and other means of generally sharpening-up. 

But the proof of the pudding will be in its driving, and for that we’ll have to wait until after its reveal at the LA Auto Show. In the meantime, here’s a video of Walter Röhrl driving a 904 Carrera GTS to remind us of the heritage the badge carries…

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