Endorphin Rush: Porsche Cayenne GTS

By KBB.com Editors on May 23, 2008 8:01 AM
In 1912, a chemist named Wilbur Scoville developed a system for measuring the "hotness" of chili peppers. The cayenne pepper, for which Porsche's SUV is named, rates between a jalapeno and a habanero at between 30,000 and 50,000 Scoville heat units. If the range-topping Cayenne Turbo represents the 50,000-unit strain, the new Cayenne GTS rates solidly in the mid-40,000s. Compared with the milder Cayenne S, the GTS features 20 more horsepower (405), a lower ride height (by almost an inch), bigger wheels (21 inchers), standard air suspension and an available six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed Tiptronic is also offered). Porsche claims zero to 60 mph sprints of 5.7 seconds with the manual transmission, 6.1 seconds with Tiptronic. For comparison, the Tiptronic-only Cayenne S and Turbo make the same run in 6.4 and 4.9 seconds, respectively. Outside, the new model is distinguished in part by a front fascia borrowed from the Turbo, those unique 21-inch wheels and a dual twin tailpipe setup. Interior highlights include big-bolstered seats with Alcantara centers and aluminum trim. All yours for a cool $70,195.