So what’s so special about this Cayenne?
Porsche claims it’s the unique suspension combination available for the first time on the Cayenne GTS, but we’re more interested in the looks, which are, er, interesting… There’s a Cayenne Turbo-inspired bodykit which includes 14mm wheelarch extensions, plus 21-inch alloy wheels. Oh, and there are two new paint colours as well – this GTS red or Nordic gold…
So what are these suspension tweaks?
For the first time on the Cayenne you can get Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) – which means electronically controlled dampers – in combination with steel springs. And the ride height is dropped 24mm, to benefit on-road dynamics. Porsche’s active anti-roll system is also an option and should you wish to undo the PASM and steel springs combo you can cough up for full air suspension.
What about the power?
But of course. The Cayenne GTS’s direct-injection 4.8-litre V8 has had a few tweaks. It now produces 400bhp at 6500rpm, up from 385bhp. Torque is unchanged at 368lb ft at 3500 rpm but fuel consumption, with the auto, is slightly worse at 20.3mpg (previously 20.6mpg). A six-speed manual is standard though, and combined with a shorter final drive ratio the Cayenne GTS will get from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds, a drop of half a second. All this, along with 12-way adjustable leather and Alcantara seats, is yours from February 2008 for £54,350, a hefty increase over the £46,610 standard Cayenne S.