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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Review- Price, Interior, 0-60, Top Speed, Features, Rivals

Porsche announced two new model variants to the Cayenne lineup: the 2021 Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupe. Porsche coupes get more capability for 2021 as the highly sporty mark the return of a V8 engine to the GTS. The coupe's roofline might cut back on the practical reason for crossover buyers, but that's for the style. All this can be yours for the price of 110,500.

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Highlights:


German carmaker Porsche has finally slapped a 453 hp V8 to its most sporty SUV with a fasting roofline. The all-new Cayenne GTS' performance figures as you’d expect are mind-boggling. The luxury SUV comes riddled with a lot of standard features alongside GTS specific trim - inside-out. Locking its horns with the BMW X6 M50i, the Audi SQ8, and the Mercedes GLE 53 Coupe, the Porsche has a lot riding on its shoulders. With prices starting at $110,500 got the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS, the competition is a belter. Let’s see if the Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe has what it takes to trump its competitors.


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Sandwiched between the standard S models and the flagship Turbos, the 2021 Cayenne GTS is one heck of a driver's car. Porsche's GTS badge simply describes its best-driving vehicles. While Cayenne is already one of the best in the performance-SUV segment, the GTS treatment takes it a step above. Apart from the engine upgrade, the Cayenne GTS Coupe gets re-tuned underpinnings and exclusive styling.  

What’s Price and new Features in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS coupe is an all-new addition to their lineup of SUVs. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS starts at $110,500, putting it right between the V6-powered Cayenne S and ballistic Cayenne Turbo. The cheapest Cayenne model is naturally the base version, and it costs $76,500 excluding a $1,350 delivery and handling charge. The mid-level Cayenne S set you back at least $89,000.

Besides the soaring price, there’s not much to complain about here. The standard 21-inch wheels deliver a smooth ride and this driving experience is further elevated by style, luxury, outstanding build quality, and pure driving pleasure like no other. Upgrades include the performance-oriented Sport Chrono Package, sport seats, a glass roof, and seating for four. A traditional bench seat in the second row is available with the Cayenne Coupe. Exclusive for Coupe models, Porsche fits Cayenne GTS with a $10,350 Lightweight Sport Package, which adds an inch to the wheel size in addition to a carbon-fiber roof and an even sharper exhaust with centrally mounted tailpipes. 

What's the Engine and Performance of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe?

Porsche's 4.0L twin-turbo V8 with a power rating of 453 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque lies under the hood of the 2021 Cayenne GTS Coupe. The GTS' V8 is the de-tuned version of the same engine found in the Cayenne Turbo. Still, The GTS Coupe sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds with the launch control available with the Sport Chrono package, while the standard GTS drops to 4.5 seconds. That's quick and closer to the Turbos' sub-four seconds off-the-line performance. The motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system, providing seamless shifts wherever you are in the rev band.

Apart from the engine upgrade, the Cayenne GTS' V8 soundtrack is even more aggressive. That center-outlet exhaust has a completely different design, and a correspondingly unique, higher-pitched note. For agile and track-focused performance the car features standard air-suspension, carbon-ceramic (PCCB) brakes, rear-axle steering, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control. 

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe 

2021 Audi SQ8 

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

MSRP

$110,500

$89,200

$85,650

$76,500

Engine

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

3.0L inline-6 turbo with EQ Boost

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic

9-speed Automatic

Power

453hp @ 6000rpm

500hp@5,500rpm

523hp@5,500rpm

429 hp @ 6,100 rpm

Torque

457lb-ft @ 1800rpm

568Ib-ft@3000rpm

553Ib-ft@1,800rpm

384 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

4.1 sec

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

168 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

N/A

The stats evidently shows how underpowered the rest of the competition is when compared to the BMW X6. Clearly, if you want some serious pulling power it’s definitely the SQ8 with its class-leading torque figures. Porsche seems a bit left out with its less competitive figures but it banks upon the GTS' credentials by having a light-weight construction and cues - Carbon Fibre it is.


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What's the MPG figure of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe?

The EPA Fuel Economy ratings of the 2021 Cayenne GTS are yet to be released but you can’t expect Prius levels of the economy on a 453 hp V8. That said, adding a couple of turbos has made the V8 gulp in a lot less fuel than otherwise. The EPA estimates 2020 models equipped with the base turbocharged V-6 earns 19 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Upgrading to the twin-turbo V-6 drops the mileage ratings by 1 mpg, and the most-powerful twin-turbo V-8 model is rated at 15 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined. 

Yes, the Cayenne GTS has a cylinder-deactivation technology to save fuel. The Porsche makes good use of its turbocharged powertrain and which is why it turns out to be a good contender as one of the most frugal performance-centric SUVs out there today. Porsche's well-optimized engine management system ensures a good balance of power and performance for the drivers, depending on their needs and demand.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe 

2021 Audi SQ8 

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

MPG (City)

19

17

16

18

MPG (Highway)

N/A

22

22

23

MPG (Combined)

N/A

19

18

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.7

22.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

N/A

382/495/427 miles

350/481/394 miles

405/ 517.5/450

When comparing numbers, Mercedes saloons are hard to beat as always. Thankfully, Porsche maintained a fighting edge with its numbers and shares the spot. Audi comes in third on account of slightly lesser combined mpg. The BMW X6 is not far behind but seems like the underdog on account of lesser numbers all across the board. However, it produces the most power in this comparison.

What's different inside the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe?

To match the sporting performance, Porsche equips the Cayenne GTS coupe with the equally sporty and high-end interior. Just like other Porsches, the GTS coupe is wrapped in Alcantara, and nothing is cheaped out. Though most of the cabin layout and interior design of the Cayenne GTS look similar to the Turbo model, the GTS has its own tricks.

The optional 18-way power-adjustable seats offer excellent support for long drives and through corners—complemented by synthetic suede inserts. That said the base seats are heavily bolstered, more supportive than in the S models. The GTS’s leather and dark-tinted aluminum trim offer exclusive cabin styling.

The heavily contoured steering wheel feels sporty and thick with controls mounted on them. The drive mode selector is also positioned on the steering wheel, which is the norm these days. Moving along you’ll find the updated infotainment system which is based on Audi’s virtual cockpit.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe 

2021 Audi SQ8 

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/leg; inches)

NA

38.2/59.5/41.7

39.3/60.0/40.4

N/A

Rear (Head/Shoulder/leg; inches)

NA

38.1/58.5/40.2

37.5/57.5/35.7

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

22.0

30.5

33.9

N/A

Unlike Cayenne SUV, the Coupe GTS seats four as standard, while you can always opt for an available bench in the rear. The seats up front come with all the jazz you’d expect from a $110,000 car but the racking roofline cuts the rear headroom and cargo space. Plus if you have 5 seated then pretty much the view out the rear would be non-existent.

2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe GTS' Interior features:

  • 12.4-inch Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Dual-zone climate control with separate settings for driver and front passenger
  • 8-way Power-adjustable and heated front seats
  • Power adjustable multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Porsche Connect Services
  • LED ambient lighting
  • 40/20/40 foldable seats
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Panoramic Glass Roof
  • Courtesy lighting on mirror
  • Particle/pollen filter with active carbon filter
  • Tinted thermally-insulated front windshield
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless drive
  • Analog clock on the dashboard

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What's different on the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe's Exterior?

Usually, Porsche charges for the sinister look, but the Cayenne GTS makes it standard. Thanks to the Sport Design package that includes a gloss black exterior bits. Exclusive to the coupe, the central exhaust system looks and sounds even better than the sports exhaust system on other models. The tinted adaptive headlights and taillights, 21-inch black alloy wheels, and the elimination of chrome sum up the styling that GTS adorns.

The new GTS Coupe comes with the $12,620 Lightweight Sport Design Package in Carbon Fiber. That means much of the blacked-out accents are replaced by the carbon trim, best exemplified the carbon-fiber roof. This no only adds to the looks but hels the GTS to be better performer than the other Cayenne models.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe 

2021 Audi SQ8 

2020 BMW X6 M50i

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE 53 Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,377 lbs

5180 lbs

5115 lbs

N/A

Length (inches)

193.7

196.3”

194.5”

194.4

Width (inches)

86.4

78.5”

78.9”

84.9

Height (inches)

66.8

67.1”

66.8”

70.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.7”

8.5”

8.2

Wheelbase (inches)

114

117.9”

117.1”

117.9

All the cars listed have their unique identity that is synonymous with their badge. If numbers are brought in, one outweighs the other, not significant but obvious nonetheless. As diplomatic as it may sound, Nobody is a winner here. But for the sake of the review, the Audi SQ8. Why? It looks like a proper coupe unlike the rest of the lot which are SUVs that got a trimmed roofline.

What are the safety features in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe?

Like every other performance SUVs with six-figure price, NHTSA and IIHS haven't crash-tested the new Porsche Cayenne GTS. With all the safety tech that you can think of (Most of them being optional), the Porsche Cayenne coupe offers great levels of safety assurance. Here is the list of standard safety tech on offer in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS coupe:

  • Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Warn and Brake Assist System
  • Stability control
  • Dual Stage SRS airbags
  • Pretensioners
  • Integrated Porsche 4D-Chassis Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System
  • Engine immobilizer with remote central locking
  • alarm system with radar-based interior surveillance
  • ParkAssist (front and rear) with reversing camera
  • Door sill guards in Brushed Aluminum

Is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS worth buying?

Definitely not as utilitarian as its SUV sibling, the GTS Coupe is all about showing up to the club and letting them hear your presence. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but to those who find themselves in a position to own a $110,000 piece of awesomeness, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS coupe is definitely a good choice.


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2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe?

No matter the trim, all Cayenne Coupes have different exterior design than the SUV. The roof is 0.78 inches lower, the windshield and rear glass have steeper rakes and the rear track is a bit wider. The Interior and Dashboard are shared within the Coupe and SUV.

What's the warranty package with the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe?

Porsche's warranty package with the 2021 Cayenne Coupe covers a 4-yr/50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranty. Porsche also offers a 12-yr/unlimited miles Corrosion Perforation Limited Warranty, which is not transferable to the next owner though. However, there's also another set of 2-yr/unlimited miles warranty for all the replacement parts and exterior accessories of your new Cayenne SUV.

Will there be a Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo in 2021?

Porsche's flagship Turbo line is conventionally released after the launch of other models in the range, carrying the highest price tag for being the top-spec model. Currently, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne model line has the range-topping trim - the GTS, while the expected 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo will surpass the GTS to take the top spot when it comes out later this year. 

Is Porsche Cayenne Coupe RWD?

Porsche offers the traction management all-wheel-drive system with the 2021 Cayenne Coupe which is a reverse-biased setup. The coupe gets all the power to the rear wheels in the default setting while upto 50% power is diverted to the front wheels as and when required.

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