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