Per­for­mance packed

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be­tween the S and the Turbo, the Cayenne GTS sits lower and leaves lit­tle doubt about its fo­cus on tar­mac per­for­mance.

Sales per­for­mance is likely to be sim­i­larly strong, with the Aus­tralian arm of the mar­que ex­pect­ing it to be­come the topselling petrol-pow­ered Cayenne model and sec­ond only to the Cayenne diesel model over­all.

The GTS packs a 309kw/ 515Nm (up from 294kw and 500Nm) up­graded V8 en­gine, based on the 4.8-litre Cayenne S power unit (with a fuel-saver stop-start sys­tem) de­liv­er­ing drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The two-tonne Cayenne GTS still man­ages the sprint to 100 km/h in 5.7 sec­onds (02. quicker than the S) and (if you were on a race­track) it claims a 13.3 sec­ond sprint to 160 km/h (a 0.6 sec im­prove­ment) and a 261km/h top speed.

Fuel con­sump­tion is a claimed 10.7 litres per 100km, up from 10.5 in the stan­dard S.

The GTS also dif­fers from the main­stream Cayenne by way of the 24mm-lower sport­stuned sus­pen­sion, aimed at pro­vid­ing more dy­namic road man­ners via the Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment, as well as a cabin trim up­grade by way of sports seats and plenty of leather and alcantara.

The Turbo has do­nated some bits for the GTS snout, while the sports model also has gloss-black trim, deeper sideskirts, wider wheel-arch flares and a dou­ble-deck rear roof spoiler.

Any­one with the cash can or­der the GTS from $164,900 — with the first cars ar­riv­ing in Septem­ber.

The Porsche Cayenne GTS is likely to be­come the top-sell­ing petrol model

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