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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Review- Price, 0-60, Features, Interiors, Performance, Top Speed, Rivals

Porsche has pulled the wraps off a new SUV: the Cayenne GTS. Like the Panamera GTS, the Cayenne GTS model comes complete with all the expensive, optional go-faster specs that you want on the S model. While all this comes with some extra thrust - 88 hp more than the S model to be precise, and a lowered ride height, all for a price of $107,300.

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The new 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS makes a victorious return, slotting between the S and Turbo models, as a driver-focused model. The new Cayenne GTS is getting a V8 back instead of the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 in the second-gen models. While the first-generation Cayenne GTS was even offered with a manual transmission, this one is auto only. Not much is similar to the Cayenne S or Turbo as Porsche's engineers have once again tweaked settings and tuned components to cater to those who want the Porsche badge to evoke a 911 feel.


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Now with the 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo unit, the Porsche Cayenne GTS makes 453 horsepower from 6000rpm and 457 pound-feet of twist from 1800rpm respectively. The luxury SUV comes riddled with a lot of standard tech and features alongside GTS specific trim. For a base price of $107,300, the Cayenne GTS goes up against the Audi RS Q8, BMW X6 M50i, and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.

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

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS is an all-new addition to the SUV model lineup. The GTS moniker in the Cayenne is a hark back to the old GTS models previously sold by Porsche with a twin-turbo V6 engine. The Cayenne GTS costs $107,300 (MSRP), whereas the GTS Coupe starts at $110,500. Both prices exclude a $1,350 delivery and handling fee. You can see where the GTS models slot into the lineup, between the $86,450 Cayenne S and the $129,150 Turbo.

To Differentiate the GTS from the other Cayennes, Porsche threw plenty of luxury, performance, safety, and convenience technology at our 2021 Cayenne GTS. The GTS sits low courtesy of the three-chamber PASM air-suspension that rides 30 mm lower than in the Cayenne S. All GTS models get a sport exhaust consisting of four pipes, with two on either edge of the rear bumper. For the looks, Porsche equips the 2021 Cayenne GTS with a standard Sport Design package, a $6,230 standalone option on lesser Cayennes. 

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

The Cayenne GTS has returned with a V8 under the hood, replacing the old GTS' twin-turbo V6. Porsche equips the new Cayenne with a de-tuned version of the 4.0-liter V8 producing 453-horsepower, the 457-pound-foot while the same engine in Turbo puts out the 541-hp and 567-lb-ft. It's the same engine found in the Panamera GTS. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed automatic unit sending power to all four wheels.

Acceleration comes on quickly with Cayenne GTS, Porsche claims a zero to 60 mph sprint of 4.5 seconds, dropping to 4.2 with launch control (Sports Chrono Package). The top Speed of Cayenne GTS is limited to 168 mph. That's closed to the Cayenne Turbos sub-four seconds 0-60 mph time. Though there is no manual gearbox with the 2021 Cayenne, we like to use the shift paddles for a bit more control.

Porsche has given the GTS more than just an engine upgrade. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is standard with a 100% rear bias as its default setting. The GTS is also fitted with an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X6 M50I AWD

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

MSRP

$107,300

$113,995

$85,650

$114,500

Engine

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.4L Premium V8

5.0L Premium V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Tiptronic S Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

453hp @ 6000rpm

591hp @ 6000rpm

523hp @ 5500rpm

575hp @ 6000rpm

Torque 

457lb-ft @ 1800rpm

590lb-ft @ 2200rpm

553lb-ft @ 5500rpm

516lb-ft @ 3500rpm

0-60 MPH 

4.2 sec

3.8 sec

5.2 sec

6.8 sec

Top Speed 

168 MPH

189 MPH

177 MPH

176 MPH

The Cayenne GTS is agile. While driving in the Sport and Sport Plus modes, the standard air suspension tightens but holds the body flat through tight corners. GTS also gets tweaked steering for a better feeling, is tight and direct. You can opt for all-wheel steering ($1,620) and active anti-roll bars ($3,590) for added balance. 

In terms of numbers, the Porsche is the least powerful here. The Audi leads the charge with the Range Rover SVR following closeby. BMW posts a relatively strong 523 horsepower which is enough of a handful for many. The RS Q8 maxes out at 189 mph with BMW and the SVR sharing almost identical top speeds. 


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

The EPA hasn't released the 2021 Cayenne GTS’s fuel economy figures yet. However, Due to the strict pollution norms hitting the automotive fraternity every year, manufacturers have to add additional particulate filters and better fuel sensors. To abide by these norms Porsche will revamp the Cayenne’s internals for better fuel efficiency and emissions. For reference, Cayenne earns 19 mpg city and 23 highway while a more powerful Cayenne S is rated at 18 mpg city and 22 highway.

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X6 M50I AWD

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

MPG (City)

N/A

13

16

16

MPG (Highway)

N/A

19

22

21

MPG (Combined)

N/A

15

18

18

Fuel Capacity 

23.7 gallons

22.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

27.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

N/A

292/427/337 miles

350/482/394 miles

414/552/441 miles

BMW X6 M50i has the most fuel-efficient engine of the lot, offering a gas mileage of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The off-road master, Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers a similar fuel mileage but its bigger fuel tank delivers the best range of 414 miles in the city and 552 miles on the highway.

What's the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS' Interior Upgrade?

The interiors of the Cayenne GTS boast a similar cabin layout and dashboard as other Cayenne models but Porsche differentiates the GTS with some unique interior cues. For starters, the GTS' cabin has black accents, including the black-tinted brushed aluminum trim. High-quality materials such as Alcantara covers the headliner, seat centers, center console armrests, and doors, and make the performance-SUV a true sporting experience.

The Cayenne SUV comes with seating for five, which remains the same for the GTS as well. Standard eight-way sport seats offer optimal support for dynamic cornering due to the increased height of their side bolsters. GTS logos can be found on the front doors, door sills, tachometer, and headrests. The optional Lightweight Sport package adds a carbon-fiber roof and a lightweight interior trim that shaves about 50 pounds off the curb weight, but it will set you back a whopping $10,350. 

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X6 M50I AWD

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/58.9/N/A

38.2/59.5/41.7

39.3/60.0/40.4

38.7/60.7/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

38.1/58.5/40.2

37.5/57.7/35.7

39.0/59.5/36.9

The GTS cabin is spacious and the second-row seats are flexible to fold in a 40-20-40 configuration creating more space if needed. The mid-size Cayenne offers a usable cargo capacity of 26.3 cubic feet which can be increased to 60.3 cubic feet by folding the rear seats flat. Various small storage spaces are offered inside, including an Illuminated locking glove box and side pockets to further increase the utility inside.


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What's the change to the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS' Exterior Styling and Dimensions?

Porsche GTS models conventionally come with cosmetic changes, and these 2021 Cayennes are no different. The SUV comes standard with the Sport Design package which offers a unique styling in combination with blacked-out accents including intakes, rear badges, window trim, and tailpipes. The 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in satin black are standard, as are the LED headlights (PDLS, or Porsche Dynamic Light System, or adaptive headlights) and taillights.

Upfront, the grille proudly flaunts the width of the car, alongside you’ll notice the PDLS headlights which are adaptive to steering inputs. The Cayenne GTS receives revised Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dampers that, in combination with the standard three-chamber Air Suspension, lower the chassis by 30 mm as compared to the Cayenne S.

Equipping the GTS SUV with the $12,620 Lightweight Sport Design Package in Carbon Fiber replaces the normally blacked-out accents with carbon trim instead of black plastic. To complement the GTS' performance-specs, the Cayenne is nicely accented by the humungous 17.3-inch front rotors with yellow, half-moon shaped 10-piston calipers, as well as the 16.1-inch rear rotors that come with the $9,080 PCCB package. 

Models

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS

2021 Audi RS Q8 

2021 BMW X6 M50I AWD

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Curb Weight 

5056 lbs

N/A

5115 lbs

5093 lbs

Length 

194"

197.3"

194.8"

192.2"

Width 

78.1"

78.7"

78.9"

87.4"

Height 

65.9"

66.7"

66.8"

71.0"

Ground Clearance 

N/A

N/A

8.5”

10.4"

Wheelbase 

114"

117.9’’

117.1’’

115.1’’

On a special note, the Cayenne GTS comes standard with Sport Exhaust I, consisting of four pipes split out two to aside. Sport Exhaust II consists of two center-mounted pipes. It's supposed to sound better.

What are the Safety Features of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS?

The NHTSA and IIHS have not yet crash-tested the 2021 Cayenne GTS just like the other Cayenne models, but Porsche offers a long list of safety features that make the vehicle safe. The standard safety and driver-assist technologies on the Cayenne GTS include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, forward collision warning, parking sensors, a rearview camera, a night-vision system, and automated emergency braking.

The standard active and passive safety tech in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS include:

  • 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?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS slots between the S and Turbo model range, thus gives buyers a much-deserved filler. Not only that, but the GTS also adds more power and agility over the Cayenne S while matching most specs with the Turbo. The Cayenne GTS is an SUV that is widely regarded as the best in terms of driving dynamics amongst the available performance SUVs. Additionally, the GTS is sure to make you laugh like an infant with its absurdly wild engine and capabilities. If you fancy the German ingenuity and the epithet you get, go ahead, buy one.


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2021 Porsche Cayenne Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which is faster Cayenne GTS or Turbo?

The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes the Cayenne GTS to a claimed 4.2 seconds if the Sport Chrono package is equipped, and top speed rises to 168 mph. With this new V8 engine, the Cayenne GTS comes closer to the range-topping Cayenne Turbo than ever.

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

Porsche's warranty package with the 2021 Cayenne 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.

Is it a good idea to buy a used Porsche Cayenne?

Yes, a used Cayenne can be a good bargain. The JD Power rates the reliability of this performance SUV with an overall "Good" score along with a "Best mid-size performance SUV” award for 2019 MY. 

Will there be a Porsche Cayenne 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. 

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