Porsche Cayenne entry SUV and Cayenne GTS (2015) unveiled

Published: 05 November 2014

Porsche this morning unveiled a pair of new Cayenne SUVs: the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS costing a toppy £72,523 and a new entry-level Cayenne dipping under the £50k threshold.

Both sporty off-roaders will be shown in public for the first time at the Los Angeles motor show on 19 November 2014 and go on sale simultaneously.

Porsche Cayenne GTS (2015): in detail

Stuttgart rolls out GTS models across its range nowadays, from 911 to Panamera, Cayman to Boxster. Maybe not the 918 Spyder, though. It’s a familiar recipe, adding extra equipment and sporty engineering details as the Porsche Sports Exhuast and PASM adaptive dampers from higher-echelon models but at a more affordable price.

So there’s a 3.6-litre bi-turbo engine in place of the old GTS’s V8. This is downsizing in action, folks – and that means you’ll lose some woofle in the name of cleaning up its act in public.

Power leaps by 20 horses, though, to 434bhp and there’s a colossal 443lb ft thanks to forced induction: that’s enough to guarantee 0-62mph in 5.2sec, half a second faster than the outgoing V8 Cayenne GTS. Top speed is quoted at 162mph. Turbo-sourced brakes help wipe that speed off.

This is the second Cayenne GTS offered in the SUV’s short life – the first arrived in 2007 – and they’ve proved popular to date. Porsche says that 11% of all Cayennes sold are the GTS model, showing that not everybody wants a diesel 4×4 at this rarefied end of the market.

Spot the new 2015 Cayenne GTS by its Turbo-look front end, show-off red brake callipers, more contoured side sills, wheelarch extensions and 20in RS Spyder alloys.

Porsche Cayenne (2015): the entry-level SUV

Bottoming out the revised SUV range is the new Cayenne powered by Porsche’s 3.6-litre petrol V6. Naturally aspirated, it delivers 296bhp and Porsche quotes a more modest 7.7sec 0-62mph sprint (0.2sec faster than before).

This is the less profligate side of petrol Cayenne ownership, although its cleaner 215g/km CO2 and 31mpg still look at odds with the carbon-obsessed zeitgeist; most Cayenne buyers in the UK will surely pick the Diesel, with its wallet-welcoming 43mpg/173g/km.

More generous standard equipment offered on the base Cayenne, says Porsche, includes an eight-speed auto transmission with stop-start, bi-xenon headlamps, LED day-running lights, multi-function steering wheel and a powered tailgate.

The entry-level Cayenne costs £49,576 in the UK and is available in dealerships now. Read our review of the current Porsche Cayenne range here.

By Tim Pollard

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