Porsche pulled out all the stops developing the 2021 Cayenne GTS, which delivers what may be the ultimate balance of luxury and performance in an SUV.
The Cayenne GTS goes on sale this fall. It fits between the Cayenne S and the more powerful Cayenne turbo in the model line of Porsche's big SUV.
I spent a day driving a four-seat Cayenne GTS coupe loaded with goodies ranging from a carbon fiber roof to centrally mounted dual exhausts for its 453-hp twin turbo 4.0L V8.
From highways to twisting roads around southeast Michigan's Irish Hills lake district, the GTS was fast and responsive on the road, and admired by passersby whenever I stopped long enough for them to get a good look at my Cashmere Beige metallic painted GTS coupe.
Cayenne GTS prices start at $107,300 for the more conservative SUV body style and $110,500 for the coupe, which has a sharply falling tailgate, a two-person rear seat, optional central sport exhaust and other unique touches.
All GTSs have a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 that generates 453 hp and 457 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive are standard.
I tested a loaded GTS coupe with features including:
-- Carbon fiber roof and interior trim
-- Central sport exhaust