Cayenne shows off its wild side
by Mike Schlee
The idea of a Porsche
crossover utility vehicle (CUV) still seems to be out of left field for some. But for those who find the sight of a Cayenne driving the streets as common as a Dodge Grand Caravan, Porsche has upped the ante. Behold the extremely hard-to-miss Cayenne GTS in Peridot green with an optional, matching Peridot trimmed interior.
With 44% of all Porsche vehicles sold in America being Cayennes, it is hard to fault the manufacturer for producing an endless array of derivatives. At last count, there are no fewer than five engine choices producing seven different levels of power. There truly is a Cayenne for all tastes.
Even with the blasphemous-to-a-Porsche-purist diesel and hybrid options, the king of Cayenne ridiculousness still goes to the track ready, Peridot green GTS. When was the last time you saw a utility vehicle with locking differentials on a racetrack?
PORSCHE PERFORMANCE IN SUV FORM
To achieve this feat, Porsche massages the 4.8 L V8 from the Cayenne S to increase power by 20 hp, now bringing the total to 420 hp. Torque is also raised from 369 lb-ft to 380 lb-ft total. The 6-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes from the Cayenne Turbo model are fitted and overall ride height for the GTS is lowered by 20 mm. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission fitted with a higher final drive ratio to improve acceleration.
These changes yield a claimed 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a no-CUV-has-any-business-going-this-fast 162 mph top speed. After several days behind the wheel of the GTS, these numbers seem easily attainable.
This is not to say thrust and acceleration is other worldly, but it is still more than enough to hustle the 4,597 lbs Cayenne around with reckless abandonment. Still want more power? Porsche will gladly sell you one of two turbocharged Cayennes.