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- Body Type: SUV
- Dealer Location: Ibiza
- Year Built: 2014
- Engine Size: 3.6L
- Trans: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
Porsche has delivered more than 430,000 Cayenne sport utility vehicles since its introduction in 2003, which isn’t bad for a company that only offered one model, the 911, less than two decades ago. The Cayenne has been such a success because it retains the automaker’s basic DNA; all of its countless variants have been inherently enjoyable to drive. Yet the German automaker has just raised our brows by claiming that its new Cayenne GTS is the “sportiest SUV on the market.”
While we all know the Cayenne is a sport utility vehicle, automotive enthusiasts have embraced the performance-tuned GTS as a well-handling oversized sedan (Porsche sold 15,766 first-generation Cayenne GTS models). Slotted just below the Cayenne Turbo in the range’s hierarchy, the all-new GTS is based on the eight-cylinder Cayenne S model. As expected, the new model has been enhanced with a slew of performance upgrades, additional standard equipment and a unique look both inside and out that more than justifies its price premium.
The interior of the Cayenne GTS features standard leather and Alcantara sport seats (eight-way power-adjustable for driver and front passenger). In addition to the seat inserts, Alcantara is found on the center console armrest, door panel, roof pillars and headliner. A leather SportDesign steering wheel, with proper wheel-mounted shift paddles (left down, right up) is also standard. The GTS may also be ordered with unique packages, including contrasting stitching throughout the cabin and “GTS” embroidered in the head restraints.
Power is applied to the pavement through a permanent all-wheel-drive system. The standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system ensures that the rear axle is being driven directly, but 100-percent of the power can be sent to the front axle if slippage is detected. To increase lateral grip, the track has also been widened slightly, both front and rear. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), a system which utilizes the driven wheels to dynamically steer the vehicle around the corner, is optional.
Many of us have become so obsessed with reading horsepower, torque and lateral grip metrics that we have forgotten how important the basics – engine response, exhaust note and handling dynamics – really are to the overall driving experience. As it does these meaningful things so well, those which leave a lasting impression, we are going to call the Cayenne GTS the “most engaging SUV on the market” – a much more honorable title to a true enthusiast.