2013 Porsche Cayenne


Porsche has long been a brand that offers many variants of any model it brings to market. Take a look at the 911, for instance. To the untrained, a 911 is a 911. But those in the know recognize the huge differences between a 350-horsepower 911 Carrera, and a 400-horsepower 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Ultimately, it’s the driver who is rewarded with their choice. And with the driver in mind, Porsche has put its efforts into developing an SUV for the driving connoisseur. That SUV is the all-new Cayenne GTS.

Porsche developed the 2013 Cayenne GTS for those who are looking for sheer, unadulterated driving pleasure with the practicality of a sport utility vehicle. This expressive, 420 horsepower SUV carries performance figures that will rival lithe sports cars.  Porsche managed to wring out 20 more horses (compared to the Cayenne S) from GTS’ V8 under the hood to bring matters to 420 horsepower. For aerodynamic improvements, Porsche lowered the chassis of the GTS by 20 mm and installed a lower final-drive ratio. Channeling all of the power of the Cayenne GTS is Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S paddleshift gearbox.
For improved fuel economy, stop-start is standard.
On the business end of things, the 2013 Cayenne GTS will rocket from 0-100 kph in a scant 5.7 seconds, and will gallop all the way to 261 kph. For the sake of comparison, that’s a click faster than the all-new Boxster.
To give the Cayenne GTS a unique and distinguishable look, Porsche outfitted the SUV with unique side skirts and wheel arches, and can be colored either Peridot Metallic or Carmine Red paint. Unique 20-inch wheels round out the exterior enhancements and eight-way adjustable GTS seats can be found inside. There’s an available Sport Chrono package for track days, as well.

For those who can’t go without a Porsche Cayenne GTS in their life, Porsche has priced the super SUV at $93,600 in Canada. It will go on sale around August 2012. In the video above, the new Cayenne GTS in Peridot Metallic can be seen sprinting through the mountains, engine bellowing and yelling all the way.

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Porsche has long been celebrated as the premier European sports car brand. And with precision performance machines like the Boxster, Cayman and 911, it’s hard to argue that. But Porsche also makes a fine Sport Utility Vehicle in the Cayenne. Currently, the Cayenne line is as diverse as it is efficient. From the 300 horsepower base Cayenne, which seats up to five, to the 500 horsepower Cayenne Turbo, which can rocket from 0-100 km in 4.7 seconds, there seemed to be a Cayenne for everybody. But there hasn’t been a diesel offering in the North American market. Until now, that is.

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Porsche announced that its champion SUV will be available with a turbo-diesel V6 pumping out 240 horsepower, permanent all-wheel drive and a staggering 554.5 NM of torque starting with the 2013 model year. Appropriately christened the Cayenne Diesel, the torque rating is enough to power the exotic SUV from 0-100km in a mere 7.6 seconds, all the way up to 220 kph. There are few other SUVs besides the Cayenne that can make such a claim.

Fuel economy numbers for Canada have yet to be announced, but Porsche says the diesel’s estimated fuel economy numbers are 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway on the United States cycle. That roughly equates to 11.76 L/100km extra urban and 8.4 L/100km urban. For a performance SUV, that’s top-tier.

This is by the virtue of not only the diesel engine, which is more efficient than a comparable gasoline engine, but also the advanced 8-speed Tiptronic transmission its mated to. The powertrain is also fortified with an Auto Start/Stop function and Porsche Traction Management (PTM), as well as improved engine acoustics and low vibrations for smooth engine running.

Starting in Canada at $64,500, keen eyes can identify the latest Cayenne variant by the “Diesel” badges behind the front wheel wells. Also for the 2013 model year, Porsche included a few interior changes, including a new standard analog clock on the dashboard, new door lock buttons placed near the front door handles, and the European Factory Delivery program offered for all models. Sales are expect to begin later this year.

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