Porsche has unveiled the second generation Cayenne GTS, which it calls as a SUV with the performance of a sports car. When launched, at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, the five-door luxury SUV will stand amongst one of the fastest off-road vehicles to be produced.
Coming as a 2013 model, the Cayenne carries a GTS badge and is based on the Cayenne S. Under the hood is a 4.8-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Cayenne S, which pumps out as much as 420 hp. This is a staggering 15 hp more than the outgoing model. Mated to the V8 motor is an eight-speed Tiptronic S paddleshift gearbox. In order to handle all the horses, the suspension has been stiffened, chassis dropped by another 20 mm and the lower final-drive ratio is installed.
For improved fuel-economy, the Cayenne GTS is featured with stop/start button. In terms of acceleration, the Cayenne can do 0-100 kmph in 5.7 seconds. Push a little further and it does 200 kmph in 13.3 seconds. The top speed is rated at 260 kmph.
Coming with a GTS badge, the new Cayenne features unique side skirts and wheel arches, along with new Peridot Metallic and Carmine Red paintjob. Other GTS-only features include new 20-inch RS Spyder wheels with a unique offset, a sports exhaust system with matte black twin-pipe, alcantara interiors and eight-way adjustable seats. In addition, Porsche offers a Sports Chrono package that allows the driver to monitor the performance. There is also a sound generation system to channel the engine intake noise into the cabin to give a spectacular GTS driving experience.
Reaching the local showrooms in July, the Cayenne GTS will be will positioned between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo and fetch $82,050 (Rs 42 lacs). Expect the model to come to Indian shores soon as a right hand drive model is ready.