2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS
The new 2015 Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne GTS will make their debuts at the LA Auto Show. The high performance SUVs hope to add some more excitement to the Cayenne lineup.
Recently, the Porsche Macan has received more headlines because it is the new SUV on the block, but the Cayenne is still the king of Porsche SUVs. Especially in GTS form the large, performance vehicle has performance that can rival many pure sports cars.
As is the tradition with Porsche styling changes are minimal as the look of the car evolves instead of receiving a full redesign. Most won’t notice changes from past models, but the new Cayenne offers a more aggressive front facia and a slightly more contoured rear end.
The GTS kicks the changes up a bit with its Turbo front facia with larger air intakes, sculpted rocker panels and wheel arch extensions. The tail lights are tented and it gets 20 inch RS Spyder wheels. All the lettering is black and addition GTS badging can now be found on the front doors.
The interior in the Cayennes is a pleasant place to be. You are surrounded by a sea of leather and the quality of all the controls is top quality. The center console is overloaded with controls, but once you learn where everything is, having everything right there makes it easier to use the controls while driving.
In the Porsche Cayenne GTS the interior is taken to the next level. It feels more sporty with the addition of touches such as Alcantara seat inserts and GTS lettering in the headrests.
At the heart of the standard Cayenne is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces a good 300 horsepower. Because of the weight and size of the SUV it offers a decent 0-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds when you get the optional Sports Chrono Package. That time is 0.2 seconds faster than the outgoing model.
For those that want real performance the Cayenne GTS offers 440 horsepower and 445 foot-pounds of torque. It gets all of this power from a 3.6-liter V6 engine that has twin turbochargers. Because of the turbos the engine has 20 more horsepower and 62 more foot-pounds of torque than the outgoing V8 engine. The use of the smaller engine also provides better gas mileage.
The GTS has enough power to launch from 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds. Thanks to the standard sports exhaust system you will sound fast while getting up to speed. To put all the power to the ground the engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox for fast shifting (although not quite as fast as their PDK transmission).
The standard 2016 Porsche Cayenne starts at $58,300 and if you go for the much faster Cayenne GTS then the price jumps all the way up to $95,500.
For those looking for a high performance full size SUV the Porsche Cayenne fits the bill. The standard car may not be the fastest thing on the road, but it is quick enough to pass most traffic. The problem it has is that if someone doesn’t mind a little less size, you can get a quicker and more maneuverable Macan for a lower price.
The Cayenne GTS carries a premium, but the gain in performance is worth it. The questions is, will buyers look at the quicker Macan Turbo with a $20,000 lower starting price. If you need the extra space (or off-road capabilities) then the Cayenne is a better choice, but if a slightly smaller SUV is fine then it is hard to buy a Cayenne (standard or GTS) over a Macan (S or Turbo).