Monday, 7 May 2012

NEWS - Porsche Cayenne GTS

Porsche showcased a new addition to the Cayenne family at the recent Beijing Auto Show, in the shape of a 420PS GTS model. Building on the Cayenne’s reputation of the most sporting SUV, its increased power is coupled with a tauter chassis and lower ride height. The GTS will sit in the model range between the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo, but it can be clearly differentiated from its siblings. It is due to go on sale in July this year.

Under the bonnet is an uprated 4.8-litre V8 developing 420PS, based on the same unit as the Cayenne S. The gearbox is an 8-speed Tiptronic S with auto start/stop technology. Both the engine and gearbox are set up to offer a sporting level of response. As a result the GTS can hit 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and 0-100mph in 13.3 seconds. This SUV will go on to a top speed of 162mph. Despite all this power, the Cayenne GTS claims a combined fuel consumption of 26.4mpg, which is quite respectable for a car with this size and power.

Thanks to a change in the chassis, the GTS sits 24mm lower than the Cayenne S, and is fitted with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard. This makes this huge car almost nimble; it is composed and agile through the bends.

The appearance of the Cayenne GTS clearly proclaims its sportiness with eye-catching features. The front-end was inspired from the Cayenne Turbo, and other details include window surrounds and trims in gloss black, prominent side skirts and wider arches. You may also notice that the roof spoiler is rather distinctive with its ‘twin-wing’ profile.

From behind the wheel the leather and Alcantara interior reinforce the sporty exterior. The front sports seats offer eight-way adjustment, and will keep you secure through the bends. Further standard features include a SportDesign steering wheel with paddle-shift and a sports exhaust system to ensure the GTS provides the soundtrack to match its image.

The Cayenne GTS goes on sale in the UK in July 2012, priced from £67,147. Anyone who purchases one, as with any new Porsche, is entitled to test their new vehicle at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.

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