When Porsche introduced its updated 2015 Cayenne range at the recent Paris Auto Show, the base model and sporty GTS were noticeably absent. It turns out Porsche were saving these for this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and we now have the first photos and details ahead of the show’s November 18 opening.
The Cayenne GTS sits between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo in terms of positioning, and for the 2015 model year downsizes to a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 from the outgoing model’s naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V-8. The engine’s output is 440 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, which is 20 hp and 39 lb-ft better than the output of the Cayenne S which packs the same engine. It’s also 20 hp and 65 lb-ft better than the output of the outgoing Cayenne GTS.
Porsche says the 2015 Cayenne GTS will rocket to 62 mph from rest in just 5.2 seconds, or just 5.1 seconds when equipped with the available Sport Chrono package. This is 0.5 and 0.6 seconds less respectively than the times of the outgoing model. Top speed is 162 mph.
In addition to its potent engine, the 2015 Cayenne GTS also benefits from a sports exhaust system, performance-tuned air suspension and dampers (the ride height is 20 millimeters lower than in regular Cayenne models), brakes borrowed from the Cayenne Turbo, and a front bumper with enlarged intakes also borrowed from the Cayenne Turbo.
For the interior, leather and Alcantara trim can be found on most surfaces, and GTS letting is also featured throughout.
As for the base model, it sticks with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will reach 62 mph from rest in 7.7 seconds (7.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) and top out at 143 mph.
An eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic is standard on both.
With the arrival of the base model and sporty GTS, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne will boast six separate variants (see pricing details below). Overseas, buyers have the option of a seventh variant, the Cayenne S Diesel.
2015 Porsche Cayenne: $59,295
2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel: $62,695
2015 Porsche Cayenne S: $75,095
2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: $77,395
2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: $96,495
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo: $114,595
All prices include a $995 destination charge.