It’s hard to consider the Porsche Cayenne has been in manufacture for more than a decade now an internal revolt that saw the marque break its sports car moult to cater for families’ as much as upwardly movable singles. Back in 2002, Porsche traditionalist and a large segment of the world’s automotive media thought the first-generation Porsche Cayenne was a huge blunder that would only serve to water down the renowned German sports car brand that had shaped the iconic Porsche 911.
The second-generation Porsche Cayenne was initiated in 2010 with what many saw as a more attractive design, with rounder limits and a less bulky profile. And sales have been even more hopeful with more than 120,000 sold to date. Porsche has since extended the Cayenne model line-up to contain a total of eight model variants (up from six), but the Cayenne S Diesel and what will become the range-topping Turbo S model won’t appear in Australia until 2013.
The $164,400 (before on-road costs) Porsche Cayenne GTS we experienced here at present sits at number two in the Cayenne pecking order, at the back the $247,500 4.8 Turbo model. There’s a custom of Porsches tiring GTS badges that dates back to 1964 when the renowned four-cylinder Porsche 904 Carrera GTS took out the Targa Florio and Le Mans in the same year beside more powerful opponent.
The Porsche Cayenne GTS is, if you similar to, the driver-focused Cayenne. Armed with Porsche’s most prevailing obviously aspirated V8 engine, it also presents an impressive occurrence on the road. Sitting up to 24mm inferior than the Cayenne S (20mm with optional air suspension) on average 20-inch alloy wheels with extra large front air intakes, wider wheel curve and quad black fatigue tips, the Porsche Cayenne GTS looks correctly mean.
And it’s not all regarding visuals. The 4.8-litre V8 powerplant under the hat of the Cayenne GTS gains more authority and more torque (15kW and 15Nm) over its Cayenne S sibling, thereby distribute a total output 309kW of power and 515Nm of torque.