Now to be fair, the powerplant in the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS sounds very intriguing: it’s a bi-turbocharged version of the same 3.6-liter V6 found normally-aspirated in the base model. Power is up about 30 horses to 440 HP over the V8 in the previous GTS, with a much fuller torque curve. At the same time, reduced fuel-consumption is up to 0.9 liters per 100 km. That works out to about a 2 mpg boost.
Acceleration has seen accordingly positive results: the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS is about 0.5 seconds quicker to 100 km/h (62 mph) than the previous vehicle, at 5.2 seconds. The optional Sport Chrono package shaves another 0.1 seconds from that. A sportier suspension tune and lower ride height ensure that the GTS can corner.
Unfortunately, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS’ acceptably sporting insides are alluded to with tragically garish interior and exterior cues. It has extended fender flares as well as the Turbo model’s nose section, contoured side sills, and GTS lettering all over the damn place. That lettering gets especially unwelcome when you enter the car, and see it brightly stitched on all the head rests in a thoroughly “Focus ST” kind of a way.
What a waste of Alcantara.
But the vehicle’s questionable tact aside, the mechanics of the thing seem as pleasurable, responsive and performance-ready as we’ll always expect from Porsche. We can’t wait to drive it.