Beefed-up Porsche Cayenne GTS revealed

What’s this?

This is the updated GTS: the model in the Cayenne range that – save for the ballistic Turbo – offers the most focused driving experience available in Porsche’s big SUV .

What’s new?

The old GTS had some subtle (and some not-so-subtle) styling tweaks to set the car apart from the less fancy models in the range. The latest version receives the same treatment. At the front there’s a more aggressive bumper design, and widened wheel arches and more sculpted door sills enhance the overall look.

As with the Cayman, Boxster and 911 GTS variants, black detailing – on the badges, 20-inch alloy wheels and smoked rear lights – make this edition more imposing. Because normal Cayennes look too cuddly…

Porsche’s trick adaptive dampers – known as PASM – offer a more sporty drive than the standard Cayenne. It rides 24mm lower than normal, or 20mm if you opt for the air suspension. Brakes are shared with the Turbo, and measure a huge 390mm at the front and 358mm at the rear. Put bluntly, they should stop the Cayenne with impressive force.

Inside, there are some GTS-spec sports seats, which are electrically adjustable and trimmed in leather and Alcantara, a fluffy material also used for the headlining and door pillars. Buyers can choose between either silver or red accents, so details like the stitching on the leather, the seatbelts and the dials are coloured accordingly.

What powers it?

The main change to the GTS is found under the bonnet. A new 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 unit replaces the old 4.8-litre V8, and the new engine magically offers better power and efficiency.

Some will be disappointed to discover that there is no longer the option of a manual gearbox, only an eight-speed automatic. A sports exhaust comes equipped as standard to lend the GTS a naughtier tone.

Thanks to the new engine, the GTS produces 20hp more than before, at 440hp. Torque has seen a generous boost – always welcome in a two tonne-plus car – to 443lb/ft from 380. The updates result in 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds, or 5.1 with the Sport Chrono package.

Top speed remains the same at 162mph. Fuel economy has seen an jump in the right direction, with a claimed figure of 28.8mpg up on the 26.4 the previous version managed.

Anything else I need to know?

As well as updating the GTS, Porsche has revised the entry-level Cayenne, too (shown above). The latest version retains the 300hp 3.6-litre V6, but combined with a new eight speed automatic gearbox, performance and efficiency have improved.

Producing 300hp, 0-62mph is covered in 7.7 seconds – 0.2 seconds quicker than before. Thanks to the introduction of stop-start technology and coasting systems, it is more frugal, too. A figure of 30.7mpg is half-decent for the class, while CO2 emissions have been reduced to 215g/km – impressively low for such a large car.

The entry-level model also gets a boost in equipment levels, with bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime-running lights and a multi-function sports steering wheel as standard.

How much will it set me back?

The new GTS will cost £72,523 before you have a chance to browse the options list, and the entry level Cayenne costs from £49,576. Both are on sale now.

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