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Porsche Cayenne GTS Breaks Free Ahead Of Beijing Show

The six-speed stick didn't make it this time around.

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Our favorite feature of the last-gen Porsche Cayenne GTS was the six-speed manual gearbox the car maker saw fit to slot between the driveshaft and the engine. It’s also one of the features Porsche didn’t bring back for the Cayenne GTS’s second generation. Oh, well.

The new Cayenne GTS should still be plenty of fun, though—it’s equipped with a 420 horsepower version of the Cayenne/Panamera V8, is 2 mm lower than the regular Cayenne, and has a lower final drive ratio. Combine all that with its eight-speed automatic, and Porsche says the GTS runs from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds—two-tenths faster than the regular Cayenne S. The GTS also tops out at 162 mph, two miles per hour more than the S model.

But that’s not all! The GTS also comes with sport exhaust system with matte black tailpipes, 20″ RS Spyder wheels and Cayenne Turbo brakes (along with the Turbo hood and front end), more pronounced wheel arches and glossy black trim. There’s also GTS-unique sport seats and an available Sport Chrono package. The price for all this? $82,050 before tax, title and destination—$17,050 more than the Cayenne S.

Now, you can’t spec a Cayenne S out quite identically to a Cayenne GTS—the Turbo front faschia and GTS seats are off-limits, for example—but an S with side skirts, sport exhaust and regular Cayenne adaptive sport seats will run you about $76,250—$5,800 less than the GTS. Is the extra six grand worth it for the Cayenne’s unique looks, power boost and slight improvement in acceleration? Well, if you’re dropping three-quarters of a stack on a car…yeah, it probably is. [via Porsche]

Press Release:

New Porsche Cayenne GTS Set for World Premiere in Beijing

High-Performance SUV with 420 HP, Lowered Chassis and Improved Driving Dynamics

ATLANTA – April 10, 2012 – Porsche is set to unveil the second-generation Cayenne GTS at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, also known as Auto China, on April 24, 2012. Based on the Cayenne S, this new model is equipped with 20 additional horsepower, a 20 mm lower ride height and a lower final drive ratio for improved driving dynamics.

The latest Cayenne transmits power from its 420 hp V8 to an active All-Wheel-Drive system coupled to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with integrated Auto Start Stop function. The specially tuned engine and transmission combination enable the Cayenne GTS to sprint from a standing start to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and to achieve a top-track-speed of 162 mph.

The Cayenne GTS is recognizable from the outside by its high-gloss black trim, prominent side skirts and wider wheel arches as well as the hood and front fascia from the Cayenne Turbo. 20-inch RS Spyder wheels with a unique offset for the GTS are standard as are upgraded brakes from the Cayenne Turbo. Two new colors are available for the Cayenne GTS; Peridot Metallic and Carmine Red. A sport exhaust system with matte black twin tailpipes is standard.

Inside, the Cayenne GTS features exclusive GTS eight-way adjustable front sports seats with Alcantara accents. For the first time in the Cayenne, a new Sport Chrono package is now available to monitor the improved performance offered by the GTS model. Additionally, a Sound Symposer channels authentic engine intake sounds into the cabin.

The 2013 Cayenne GTS will go on sale in the U.S. in August 2012, with a base MSRP of $82,050, not including a $975 delivery charge.

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