Porsche is introducing its most recent SUV in a market already in love with the Porsche Cayenne, which saw a record 35% sales increase across the Middle East region in 2011.
The latest Cayenne comes in an athletic, faster GTS variant, with all the space, comfort and clear layout of an SUV, coupled with the driving fun, dynamics and agility of a sports car.
George Wills, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said, “The new Cayenne GTS is not simply a vehicle positioned between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, but represents a model with its own distinctive character developed from tip to toe for emotionally-charged sportiness. It is a vehicle set to grab the hearts and minds of anyone passionate about driving.”
Our SUV range in general has struck a chord with the Middle East market. We have seen the Cayenne in all its variants enjoy enormous popularity in the last few years. Wills added, “Last year, the Cayenne accounted for nearly two-thirds of Porsche’s regional sales. Judging by the already high level of interest in the GTS, we are confident that this new model will bolster our success.”
The Cayenne GTS’s uncompromising power unit is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the Cayenne model line. Its 4.8-litre V8 engine offers up to 420 horsepower, rocketing from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and produces a top speed of 261 km/h.
An eight speed Tiptronic S gearbox with integrated auto start/stop function offers dynamic control, while Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with active all-wheel drive provides a superior feeling of comfort and safety something that has come to be expected of a Porsche even at high speeds.
The Cayenne GTS’s driving dynamics are driven by the completely new chassis setup and lowered body. With steel spring suspension featured as standard, the Cayenne GTS is 24 millimetres lower than the Cayenne S and 20 millimetres lower with optional air suspension. The lower ride height gives the new Cayenne GTS a lower centre of gravity, with a perceptible impact on agility when cornering.
The exterior underlines the vehicle’s sporting character. The Cayenne GTS front section features larger cooling air intakes similar to the Cayenne Turbo and a distinctive front apron with additional air intakes.
The attention-getter at the rear end is definitely the dominant roof spoiler with a twin-wing profile that not only looks good but also increases the down force on the rear axle even further.
Its sportiness is complimented with comfort and luxury. A leather interior comes as standard, including Alcantara trims. The driver and front seat passenger sit on eight-way electrically adjustable GTS sports seats, while the rear seats, with single seat styling, offer passengers in the back outstanding side support.
With its shift paddles, the standard SportDesign steering wheel is poised for manual gear changes and blends harmoniously with the purist interior. Exclusive, optional interior packages are available only for the GTS, including contrasting stitching in Carmine Red or Peridot Metallic.
Vijay Rao, General Manager, Porsche Centre Dubai, said, “The new Cayenne GTS is the ultimate driving SUV, combining greater engine output and a firmer chassis setup with a lower-slung body, while maintaining supreme comfort.”
“The Cayenne is particularly popular in the UAE due to its space and luxury, while its superior sporting performance boosts the sheer pleasure of getting behind the wheel of a Porsche. Our customers will be delighted with the fact that while the latest Cayenne GTS still looks like an SUV, its sporting aspirations, excellent suspension, and superb gearbox makes it feel like a sports car, both physically and emotionally,” he added.
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