The Porsche Cayenne GTS returns to V8 power

A twin-turbo V8, at that
by Vijay Pattni | Jun 12, 2020
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This is the new Porsche Cayenne GTS, and it is a 2.2-ton middle finger to downsizing. Yes, folks—it’s 2020, and the Goldilocks of Porsche’s sports SUV range now returns with a big V8.

Not as big a V8 as when the first-gen Cayenne GTS launched (that was a 4.8-liter naturally aspirated thing), but a sizeable one nonetheless. For this third-generation GTS, Porsche has ditched the old 3.6-liter turbo V6, and slotted in a detuned version of the V8 you get in the range-topping Turbo. Cap ‘T,’ remember.

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This one of course has a turbo, but with a small ‘t.’ Two of them, in fact, bolted onto that V8 to produce 454hp—up 20hp over the old V6—and 619Nm of torque, which is also a smidge more than the old car.

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As such, both the Cayenne GTS and the Cayenne Coupe GTS (the first time the Coupe gets such a nomenclature) record 0-100kph times of 4.5sec—over half a second quicker—and top speeds of 278kph. Both of those stats are possible via Porsche’s Sport Chrono pack. Which you want.

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Porsche says changes to the V8’s engine cylinder control, direct injection, and thermal management system—and a retuned eight-speed tiptronic auto—mean that fuel-economy figures of 8.5-9km/L are possible. We shall see.

The V8 is matched to a new sports exhaust system—a pair of twin pipes on the SUV, just the two pipes on the Coupe—said to deliver “a highly emotive aural experience.” Because V8.

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And because this V8 is the sweet spot between entry-level Cayenne and mad-dog Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, it features 20mm lower suspension on standard steel springs, adaptive dampers (PASM), torque vectoring, and 21-inch RS Spyder wheels hiding 390mm discs up front and 358mm on the back. Beefy.

There are options, of course. Better brakes. Three-chamber air suspension. Rear-axle steering. Dynamic chassis control. Not listed on this particular sheet is the option to not buy a big 2.2-ton SUV and get a V8 wagon instead...

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In any case, the Cayenne has always been a good thing to drive, and while the exterior of this third-gen car hasn’t differed much from that of the second generation, GTS models get tinted LED head- and taillights, and black air intakes, window trim, and exhaust pipes. Inside, there’s lots of alcantara, aluminum, and eight-way adjustable sports seats with deeper side bolsters. Perhaps salad should become your new best friend.

How much for this V8 tank, you cry? In the UK prices start at £85,930 (P5.43 million) for the Cayenne GTS, and £88,750 (P5.6 million) for the Cayenne GTS Coupe.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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