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Porsche Cayenne GTS in the driving report: Power SUV on snow and ice

Porsche Cayenne GTS and Turbo S in the driving report
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P uh - that was close. A moment ago we were rushing relaxed across the white streets of Lapland towards the airport. The snow: pure powder, plus a reasonable minus 15 degrees outside, inside cozy 22. The V8 mumbles dull at 1,500 tours. Very cozy. Then a large white monster approaches us. My passenger is getting restless. “Is that a truck?” “Nah - that's a clearing vehicle”. As a matter of fact. Its overly wide shovel is rapidly getting closer and closer. We're going full on the brakes. Just in time we huddle close to the snow wall, sink into the glaring snow dust. Zero visibility. 'All right - mirror still on ?' 'Yes, it fits,' I reply as coolly as possible and pull our Porsche Cayenne back on the track.

First an hour we had a lot more leeway. We romped in Porsche's SUV over the perfectly groomed snow and ice slopes. Handling course, slalom course, drift top - everything is there. What fun. The models: the best equipped Porsche Cayenne GTS and Turbo S. It wasn't about driving comfort or sprinting ability. It has long been known that a Porsche Cayenne has excellent things to offer here.

Out and about on prepared ice slopes

No, it was much more important to test the now best-selling Porsche for traction and handling on an icy track. And we state: Both Porsche Cayennes can be steered cleanly and safely on the very smooth course with activated ESP. The corners are of course funnier as soon as the Sport Plus button is pressed. Then the mighty SUV leaves the driver on a long leash and intervenes late, but still cautiously. Many a person came quite close to the hard ice walls. However, there is no damage to report. And if you really landed in deep snow, the Swedish wheel loaders were happy to dig you out again.

In the direct switch between Porsche Cayenne GTS and Turbo S, the more powerful S reacts even more sensitively to every throttle. So it is all the more tricky to shoo the two-ton truck around the pylons by means of sensitive load changes. Across the street, a loud roaring GTS storms across the piste at full speed, blocking the view to the rear with a huge snow cloud - only to drop anchor the next moment and to slow it down in front of the cone wall. Whether it was a Porsche Cayenne GTS or TurboUltimately, it doesn't matter on the snow-covered test site.

Porsche Cayenne GTS now with 400 hp twin-turbo V6

In warmer climes, however, the two Cayennes should differ more clearly. The new Porsche Cayenne GTS, which now fires a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 hp instead of the 420 hp V8, is much more agile thanks to active dampers (PASM), lowering (24 mm) and sports exhaust system. Porsche would say: performance-oriented. In addition, Porsche has donated the mighty bow and the red-painted brake system of the Turbo, emphasized striking GTS lettering on the sides, black contrasting elements on the body and fine leather-Alcantara sports seats. Its top speed is a respectable 262 km /h. The 2.1-ton SUV wants to do zero hundred in 5.2 seconds.

And the Turbo S? Well It delivers values ​​that could make even a 520 hp 911 4S tremble. 4.1 seconds to 100 km /h? For an all-wheel drive vehicle weighing at least 2,235 kilos? Respect. Responsible for this is the well-known 4.8 liter bi-turbo V8, which now has 570 hp and a whopping 800 Nm. On board: Everything that Porsche has to offer: ceramic brakes, active roll stabilization, air suspension, variable torque distribution as well as an electronically controlled lock on the rear axle and so on. So it's no wonder that the SUV in the slalom was on the one hand pious (with ESP switched on) and at the same time very nimble around its hat.

However - there has to be that much time left - the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is but also extremely expensive. A whopping 166,696 euros. The normal turbo (520 hp) alone is over 38,000 euros cheaper. Or even more impressive: the Porsche dealer sells 2.54 normal Porsche Cayenne for a Turbo S. So it's good that we were able to get ourselves and the piece of jewelery to safety from the Lappish snow plow.

Note : In an earlier version of this text we wrote the 3.6 Liter twin-turbo V6 in the new Porsche Cayenne GTS develops 400 hp. Of course, the power rating of 440 hp is correct.


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