Porsche has launched a new variant of the Cayenne GTS, now donning a sporty chassis and powered by a tuned non-turbo 4.8-litre V8, at the 2012 Beijing International Auto Show. The newest variant of the Porsche Cayenne GTS will be a midpoint between the S and Turbo models. The newest version, however, will be powered by a similar but more powerful non-turbo 4.8-litre V8 lying on the hood of the Cayenne S.
Meanwhile, the V8 on the GTS offers 414 bhp compared to the 394 bhp of the S. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a standard eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with stop-start. This engine-transmission combo offers a slight change from the previous version of the GTS, which offers around 400 bhp channeled via a six-speed manual gearbox.
With the powertrain upgrade, the newest version of the Cayenne GTS exhibits improved performance. The present GTS could accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, a 0.2 second improvement over the acceleration time of the current S.
The newest GTS is also 2 mph faster than the V8 S at 160 mph. Both sports cars logged similar acceleration times on the zero to 100 mph gauge, at 13.3 seconds.
However, due to GTS’s more powerful engine, it gulps more fuel than the V8. The newest GTS could travel 26.4 miles per gallon, not as good as the 28.9 miles per gallon that the V8 S offers.
Porsche paid more attention to the GTS chassis, setting it lower than the previous GTS, but comes with standard steel springs and PASM adjustable dampers.
The newest GTS’s ride height is 24mm lower than that of the Cayenne S and the previous GTS. Lower chassis ensures more stable cornering and lesser body roll. A buyer could upgrade the suspension of the newest GTS by opting for the air suspension combined with Porsche’s PDCC anti-roll system.