New Porsche Cayenne GTS returns with V8 thump

Published: 12 June 2020

 It's the new 2020 Cayenne GTS
 V8 power is back, with 454bhp
 UK prices confirmed from £85,930

In an unusual move, Porsche has gone back to V8 power for its new Cayenne GTS - which had previously dropped the cylinder count from eight to six. Sonic ambition is assured, then, as well as offering more poke than the V6 it replaces.

Key stats for the new 2020 Porsche Cayenne GTS are as follows:

  • Engine 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 (up from 3.6 V6)
  • Transmission Eight-speed Tiptronic S auto
  • Power 454bhp (+19bhp)
  • Torque 457lb ft (+15lb ft)
  • 0-62mph 4.5sec (-0.6sec)
  • Top speed 173mph (+5mph)

That derestricted top speed is with the Sport Chrono option fitted, which lifts the v-max from 155mph. Note how most brightwork is dulled by black accents, including the smoked window surrounds, spoilers and Porsche model badges. 

New Cayenne GTS available in regular SUV bodystyle too

The rise in capacity and power has had an inevitable effect on the claimed economy and emissions: Porsche's V8 sounds inherently thirsty, with 20-21.2mpg claimed on the combined WLTP cycle, with CO2 standing at a lofty 301-319g/km.

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What's new on the Porsche 2020 Cayenne GTS?

Porsche uses the GTS badge to denote the sweet spot of not-quite-GT models across its range - and it's no different on the Cayenne. There's a raft of athletic improvements to endow this SUV with a little more sporting intent.

The chassis drops 20mm and PASM adaptive dampers let drivers soften or toughen up the damper firmness, for comfort or sporty settings. Steel springs are standard, but air suspension is an option. Huge 390mm diameter front brakes wipe off all the speed, and owners can order Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) for even beefier anchors.

Twin central exhausts for Cayenne GTS Coupe

The Cayenne GTS Coupe gets twin central oval exhausts (above), distinct from the rear end of the SUV. Much attention has been paid to the sports exhaust note, according to Zuffenhausen.

Inside, the interior is festooned with soft-touch Alcantara and brushed aluminium.

Prices and specs

The Cayenne GTS is available as the regular SUV (red picture above) and in the swoopier Cayenne Coupe bodystyle (grey car). Prices in the UK have been confirmed at £85,930 for the regular bodyshell and £88,750 for the coupe.

Orders are being taken by the newly reopened Porsche centres now, with first right-hand drive deliveries due later in summer 2020.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet