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2025 Porsche Cayenne GTS Returns with 493 HP

After a thorough update last year, Porsche continues to introduce variants of its freshest Cayenne to help complete its model range, which has something for everyone (with a generous budget and the desire for huge horsepower). The 2025 Porsche Cayenne GTS is the latest, bringing more power from its reinvigorated V8 with chassis tuning meant for long-distance driving and a focus on pavement instead of the occasional gravel road it expects its other SUVs to traverse.

For Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. The company says that means "an extra dose of dynamism and long-distance capability" with its balance "traditionally shifted towards improved on-road capability." In practical terms, this means a suspension that's 10 mm lower than other Cayenne models and a standard adaptive air suspension for ride comfort and reduced body roll.

The GTS also comes with the company's two-mode damper active suspension management damping system and torque vectoring Plus system. Including all of the usually optional fancy suspension tech bits without the Turbo's overwhelming powerplant has long been a part of the GTS package, and has made the trim grade a bit of a sweet spot for value, relatively speaking, as well as performance on many Porsche models over the years.

Under the hood of the GTS is the company's 4.0L twin-turbo V8. This version has been enhanced over last year to add 40 hp and 29 lb-ft of torque for a total of 493 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque. That's not a lot more power than the 468 hp of the Cayenne S, but this model is about the handling over outright speed. Porsche says it'll hit 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds from a standstill, 0.6 seconds quicker than the Cayenne S.

The eight-speed automatic transmission has been improved by way of quicker responses and shorter shift times in Sport and Sport Plus modes. The all-wheel-drive system's power transfer unit adds water cooling borrowed from the ultrafast Turbo GT model that Porsche says lets the AWD system maintain its load capacity in track driving or mountain road situations where it generates large quantities of heat.

Carmine Red is the GTS signature colour, along with black lettering. Both will be offered on the latest model, though it will come in other paint colours too. The GTS gets larger air intakes to feed the cooling system, and dark-tint headlights and taillights for looks. The standard Sport Design package body kit parts, like the side skirts, side window trims, and fender flares, are also gloss black this year, but the formerly black tailpipes are now bronze. The 21-inch RS Spyder design wheels are made for the GTS and finished in anthracite.

The GTS cabin upgrades start with Race-Tex faux suede on the roof, armrests, door panels, and the centre panels of the more heavily bolstered sports seats. Porsche will offer Carmine Red and Slate Grey interior packages, both exclusive to the GTS. A heated GT steering wheel is also standard.

Like the rest of the Cayenne lineup last year, the 2025 GTS adds Porsche's latest curved digital instrument cluster. The passenger display screen is optional. The GTS comes with a fixed glass roof and an adaptive rear spoiler. The Coupe version can be fitted with a central-exit exhaust system, a lightweight roof instead of glass, and a carbon rear diffuser.

The 2025 Porsche Cayenne GTS starts from $134,800 or $139,800 for the sleeker coupe. Deliveries are set to start in the fourth quarter of 2024.