Porsche tops and tails its popular Cayenne range

Porsche’s best-sell­ing range gets another two mod­els to boost its bot­tom line even fur­ther

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - DE­NIS DROPPA

ORSCHE has ex­panded its Cayenne line up with two new mod­els: a base­line ver­sion and the per­for­mance-ori­ented GTS.

They will make their world pre­mieres at next week’s Los An­ge­les Auto Show but South African buy­ers can or­der both mod­els as of now.

The GTS badge hails back to the fa­mous 904 Car­rera GTS of 1963, and in 2007 the Cayenne GTS be­came the first Porsche of the mod­ern era to re­vive the acro­nym. In its new­est in­car­na­tion the Cayenne GTS gets a boosted ver­sion of the 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol en­gine re­cently in­tro­duced in the Cayenne S.

With out­puts of 324kW and 600Nm the Cayenne GTS be­comes the sec­ond­most pow­er­ful de­riv­a­tive in the Cayenne range after the 382kW Cayenne 4.8 Turbo. It has the claimed abil­ity to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds, or a tenth quicker with the op­tional Sport Chrono pack­age. Top speed is 262 km/h and this SUV comes stan­dard with a sports ex­haust sys­tem for a dis­tinc­tive GTS sound.

Cor­ner­ing abil­ity is en­hanced with a Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age-

Pment (PASM) damp­ing sys­tem that has a sporty set-up and a 24mm lower ride height. The GTS also in­her­its the brakes from the Cayenne Turbo, com­pris­ing larger front and rear discs and red-painted cal­lipers.

Matched with the im­proved power and han­dling is added visual bling in the form of a Sport De­sign pack­age with larger air in­takes, whee­larch ex­ten­sions, and black 20” mags in RS Spy­der de­sign. Strik­ing black con­trasts, in­clud­ing dark­ened LED rear lights, fur­ther bring out this Cayenne’s dark side, while the cabin also gets a sporty styling up­grade. The GTS sells for R1 176 000. For those on more of a bud­get, the new en­try-level Cayenne of­fers a 220kW/400Nm 3.6-litre V6 nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine for a pric­etag of R852 000. It hits 100 in a claimed 7.7 seconds and tops out at 230 km/h, and Porsche reck­ons it’ll re­turn 9.2l/100 km.

Stan­dard spec on the new base­line Cayenne in­cludes an eight-speed Tip­tronic S trans­mis­sion with Auto Stop/Start and coast­ing func­tions, bixenon head­lights with LED day­time driv­ing lights, a multi-func­tion sports steer­ing wheel with pad­dle switches, and an au­to­matic boot lid.

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