The Porsche Cayenne GTS features a V-8 engine for the first time in five years

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne is still a new SUV, having been unveiled for the 2019 model year in the United States. But Porsche prepared something fresh for 2021, in the form of a GTS model with a V-8 engine. The GTS, unveiled in both standard and coupe form, join the existing base, E-Hybrid, S, Turbo, and Turbo S E-Hybrid models. Let’s have a closer look at this sporty trim below.

The Porsche Cayenne GTS doesn’t look very different from the regular model

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Both GTS models are fitted with a Sport Design package and GTS-specific features.

However, these don’t make it look significantly different compared to the regular Cayenne. Notable elements include LED headlamps and taillights with dark-tinted covers and black trim for the front air intakes, side windows, the badges on the rear fascia, and the tailpipes. The GTS is also fitted with 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels finished in satin-gloss black.

The Porsche Cayenne GTS comes with a sporty, exclusive interior

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While the exterior doesn’t stand out unless you look really close, the interior comes with plenty of cool and exclusive features. These models are fitted with eight-way sports seats as standard that are exclusive to the GTS trim. Likewise, the cabin features "GTS" logos on the front doors, door sills, the rev counter, and the headrests. The GTS also comes with extra Alcantara, now covering the roof lining, the seat center panels, the center console armrests, and the doors. There’s also dark-brushed aluminum trim on the dashboard and the upper doors. You can spice things up a bit more with the optional GTS Interior Package, which adds decorative stitching in Carmine Red or Crayon.

The Porsche Cayenne GTS returns to the V-8 engine

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The second-generation GTS started life with a naturally aspirated V-8 engine, but Porsche replaced with a twin-turbo V-6 during the 2015-model-year facelift.

Now, Porsche is ditching the V-6 in favor of a turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8.

Rated at 460 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, this V-8 is essentially a detuned version of the 4.0-liter in the Turbo model, but it’s a bit more powerful than the outgoing GTS. Specifically, it delivers an extra 20 horsepower and an additional 14 pound-feet of twist.

Compared to the Cayenne S, powered by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6, the GTS comes with an extra 26 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the Cayenne Turbo, the GTS falls behind by a notable 90 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of twist.

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As far as performance goes, Porsche says that the new GTS hits 60 mph from a standing start in 4.5 seconds. Opt for the Sport Chrono Package, and that benchmark drops to only 4.2 seconds. That’s 0.6 seconds quicker than the outgoing model. Top speed for the GTS is rated at 168 mph, five mph more than the old version.

Ciprian Florea
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