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4-door and track-worthy, this SUV does it all

2003 is a year that Porsche purists often like to forget as in that year, along the introduction of the 997 generation 911, they got something that they never asked for- a 4 door SUV named the Cayenne. It revolutionized the luxury sports SUV segment with its various performance-oriented models and the Cayenne GTS is one of them.

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS is the second most-powerful Cayenne after Turbo and comes at an MSRP of $98,600. It has a 3.6-liter V6 engine which offers immense power and torque delivery that can put any other SUV to shame.

Driving and Performance:

Since the GTS is the sportiest "non-Turbo" Cayenne out there, it has a bigger engine than the average Cayenne; a new 3.6 liter, twin turbo V6 that pumps out 440 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of ruthless torque. GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and this is the sportier, track-focused and more agile car in the Cayenne stable so think of it as the GT3 of the Cayenne family albeit being a little heavier. Much heavier.

0-60 mph takes place in a swift 5.2 seconds which is hot hatch baiting quickness in a 4-ton SUV and couple that with a sublime AWD powertrain and it results in a car that can put some very serious sports cars out there to shame in a jiffy. Being an SUV, a little bit of body roll and under-steer is almost inevitable but the Cayenne minimizes majority of these problems with its high-tech AWD system.

Interior:

In true Porsche fashion, the interior is as luxurious as it is sporty with excellent leather decorated with alcantara at certain places and literally acres of cabin space. There are GTS badges everywhere reminding you that this is no ordinary Cayenne.

The infotainment and navigation is managed by the Porsche Communication Management system or PCM which is the same thing used in the 918 and the new Panamera. According to Porsche, the interior has been built around the driver to maximize practicality and to minimize distraction from the actual driving experience and they're not wrong.

For mobile connectivity, there's Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with satellite navigation and a digital driver side display. On top of all that, there are a couple of interior features that help with the actual driving of the car like the driving mode selector with comfort, sport and sport plus modes, an off-road/on-road selector to decide the direction of power delivery to the wheels from AWD to RWD.

Exterior:

The crushing blow to the head that Porsche purists received in 2003 with the Cayenne was also the result of a very polarizing design which isn't something people often say about the looks of a Porsche. So maybe they did have a reason to be mad about that but there is no denying that the current gen Cayenne’s are pretty to look at and has clearly made design improvements. The GTS model adds a much-needed aggressiveness to that imposing SUV stance with 20-inch RS wheels, red Brembo brakes from the Turbo model, bigger air intakes, side skirts and even a subtle front lip along with a rear spoiler.

At the end of the day, even if you're not that fond of SUVs, the GTS is so sporty that you actually might consider driving one. At least the purists won't hate it as much a weird GLE coupe...

Safety:

Since this thing is a 4 ton, road going missile capable of speeds of over 160 mph, safety is not a department you can sacrifice even a little bit so the folks at Porsche have loaded this stellar SUV with the following safety features:

-Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
-Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
-Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
-Daytime running lights
-Seat belt pretensioners
-Knee airbags
- Side airbags

Verdict:

This unreasonable hatred for sports SUVs these days is completely unnecessary as it is simply miraculous how they can manage practicality and performance with so little effort. To be frank, even chief engineers of performance car companies know it is easy to make a beastly track car that throws ergonomics and efficiency straight out the door for speed since they have been doing that for literally decades but the prospect of transporting a whole family, their luggage and maybe even their pet dog in impeccable luxury at speeds that would make supercars question their existence is a real challenge even for them. But this is a challenge that the Cayenne GTS absolutely nails with its excessive comfort, class and performance. In other words, this is the big daddy of sports SUVs and whether you like it or not, it is definitely here to stay...

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