Porsche South Africa has published local pricing details for the new Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupe on its official website. The sportily-packaged pair effectively slot in between the ranges’ S and Turbo derivatives.
Last month, the Zuffenhausen-based released official details of the newcomers: whereas the ranges' S derivatives are powered by a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 motor, the GTS twins utilise the 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 of the Panamera GTS, which produces peak outputs of 338 kW and 620 Nm of torque (14 kW and 20 Nm more than its predecessor's 3.6-litre bi-turbo V6) and powers all 4 wheels through an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. When specified with the optional Sport Chrono package, the 2 newcomers are claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 sec, reach a top speed of 270 kph and are said to return average fuel consumption figures of between 11.2 and 11.4 L/100 km.
Apart from its 20-mm lower ride height, the GTS twins are fitted with 21-inch RS Spyder Design alloys and beefed-up brakes.
Compared with their lesser siblings, the GTS twins have markedly sportier kerb presences. Apart from being adorned with black GTS decals on their front doors and tailgates, the pair's ride heights have been lowered by 20 mm and they come standard with the Porsche Sport Design package, which incorporates gloss black bumper accents, mirror housings, window trim and exhaust ends. What's more, the LED headlamps (equipped with the Porsche Dynamic Light System) and LED tail-light bars are dark-tinted.
Over and above being shod with eye-catching satin-gloss black 21-inch RS Spyder Design alloys, the pair comes equipped with upgraded grey cast-iron brakes (390 x 38 mm discs at the front, 358 x 28 mm at the rear) in combination with red brake callipers. If buyers require additional (or at least more fade-resistant) stopping power on a GTS, Porsche can upgrade the brakes to a Surface Coated Brake (PSCB, with tungsten carbide coating) or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) setup at extra cost.
The Cayenne Coupe GTS can be specified with a pair of centrally-mounted large-bore oval tailpipes.
Similarly, while the brand's Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) are fitted as standard, the newcomers can be upgraded with a multitude of options, including a 10 mm-lower 3-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system.
Porsche claims the newcomers' "specially configured sports exhaust systems deliver highly emotive aural experience(s)." Yes, you read that correctly: systems – plural. You see, the Cayenne- and Cayenne Coupe GTS derivatives come standard with the familiar quartet of exhaust ends, but in a new development, the German sportscar brand has introduced another optional setup: a pair of centrally-mounted, large-bore oval tailpipes, which it has dubbed the high frequency-tuned sports exhaust system. However, there's a catch: it is offered exclusively on the Cayenne Coupe GTS (and in future, on the Cayenne Coupe Turbo) – in combination with the optional Lightweight Sports Package.
The GTS signage on the Cayenne GTS' tailgate is in black and matches the horizontal divider between the tail-lamp clusters.
As expected, the interiors of the Cayenne- and Cayenne Coupe GTS derivatives are awash with sporty finishes and go-faster detailing. Note the liberal applications of Alcantara on the steering wheel, grab handles, door panels, centre console/armrest and roof lining. The cabins are further accented with dark-brushed aluminium inserts.
The 8-way electrically adjustable sports front seats (trimmed in a combination of leather and Alcantara, with GTS logos embroidered on the headrests) are exclusively reserved for the pair of newcomers to the Cayenne family, while the derivatives' (also GTS-marked) door-sill finishers are made of dark-brushed aluminium with a black anodised finish.
The interior is a melange of Alcantara with optional contrast stitching. Note the red detail on the central tachometer.
There are numerous personalisation options, including the GTS interior package, as shown here, where Carmine Red stitching features on the dashboard, door panels, seats, grab handles, armrest/centre console and the floor mats, all of which complements the dials of the rev counter and stopwatch, as well as the racy rouge seat belts, of course.
Think of the Cayenne GTS and GTS Coupe as rivals to the BMW X5 M50i and X6 M50i respectively, or models such as the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic Supercharged (the more powerful – and pricier – Turbo versions are more natural competitors to the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S and Audi RS Q8).
The prices below include the standard 3-year/90 000 km Driveplan maintenance plan, with the optional 5-year Driveplan stated in brackets.
Porsche Cayenne GTS & Cayenne Coupe GTS prices in South Africa (correct as of July 2020):
|Cayenne GTS||R1 749 000||(R1 799 000)|
|Cayenne GTS Coupe||R1 839 000||(R1 889 000)|