Porsche Cayenne GTS downsizes to twin-turbo V6 from V8

The second generation Porsche Cayenne GTS has been launched, and the new model ditches the 4.8-litre V8 for a twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6.

It may not be the fastest nor most powerful model in the range, but the new Cayenne GTS is said to be the most nimble.

Under the hood there’s a 323kW/600Nm 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 capable of sending the car from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 262km/h. The car is marginally quicker with the optional Sport Chrono pack.

Standard features include a sports exhaust, the more aggressive turbo air intakes, wheel arch extensions, large side sills, roof spoiler, active suspension that sits the 24mm closer to the ground, enlarged disc brakes (390mm at the front, 358 at the back) and red brake calipers.

There’s also blacked out 20-inch alloy wheels, smoked lenses for the bi-xenon headlights and LED tail-lights, dark GTS badging aplenty, and black exhaust tips.

Passengers will enjoy leather/Alcantara upholstery, even more GTS badging, and 8-way electric seat adjustment.

On the options list is an air suspension system that sits 20mm closer to the ground than regular Cayennes, and a red or silver interior highlights package.

Performance, power, fuel economy

Engine: 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol

Power: 323kW (+14kW)
Torque: 600Nm (+85Nm)
0-100km/h: 5.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds); 5.1 seconds (-0.6 seconds) with Sport Chrono pack
Top speed: 262km/h

Fuel economy (city): 13.2L/100km
Fuel economy (highway): 8.3L/100km
Fuel economy (combined): 10L/100km
CO2 output: 234g/km

Power: 440hp (+20hp)
Torque: 443 lb-ft (+63 lb-ft)
Top speed: 163mph

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Porsche Cayenne GTS downsizes to twin-turbo V6 from V8