Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:42 AM
Love it or hate it, it's not going away. The Porsche Cayenne, that is. Purists may say that Porsche has strayed too far from its roots by launching an SUV but the sales figures tell a different story. With this in mind, Porsche has announced plans to release the Porsche Cayenne GTS with the world premiere scheduled for later this month at the Beijing Auto Show.
The GTS will sit between the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo in the line-up, the suspension has been stiffened and it'll be powered by a 4.8-litre 420bhp V8. The gearbox is an eight-speed tiptronic, there's a stop-start function and it bolts from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and hits 100mph in 13.3 seconds. Top speed is 162mph. Lowered by 24mm compared to the Cayenne S and with the addition of Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche is promising an agile ride.
Even if the looks hurt your eyes, there's no denying Porsche has pulled out the stops with a front end not unlike the Cayenne Turbo, glossy black window surrounds, prominent side skirts, wide wheel arches and a roof spoiler with twin wing profile.
Inside, the interior is a festival of Alcantara and leather and the front sports seats can be adjusted in eight different ways. Funky standard kit includes paddle shifters, sports exhaust and Bi-Xenon headlights. And in case some thieving toerag nicks it, a tracking system will be fitted to every model.
It'll cost from £62,147 when it goes on sale in the UK in July, so at that price, buyers probably aren't too worried about fuel consumption. But in case you are, the combined fuel economy is 26.4mpg. What the buyers are probably going to be more interested in is the free course at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone that comes as part of the package.
By Georgia Lewis
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