2015 Porsche Cayenne/Cayenne GTS debut in Los Angeles
Rounding out the restyled and updated 2015 Porsche Cayenne lineup unveiled last month in Paris are two new additions making their world debut in Los Angeles. These late-arrivers are upgraded versions of the base Cayenne and the Cayenne GTS, slated to arrive in showrooms in late February.
Using similar visual and functional enhancements found on the rest of the 2015 Cayenne clan, the entry-level model returns with the same naturally aspirated 3.6-liter/300-horsepower V6 underhood. However, the previously standard 6-speed manual transmission has been replaced by an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic found in all of its siblings. This new gearbox helps trim its 0-62 mph sprint time from 7.9 to 7.7 seconds - and drops it to 7.6 ticks when the Cayenne is fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Also onboard the 2015 Cayenne V6 is Auto Start/Stop and a thermal management system designed to improve its yet-unreleased fuel economy numbers. Other upgrades include new bi-xenon headlights with four-point LED daytime driving lights and a multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle shifters.
Cayenne GTS gets Twin-Turbo V6 power
Slotting between the Cayenne S and the Turbo, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS matches its bolder appearance with even more muscle. The naturally aspirated 4.8-liter/420-horsepower V8 in the 2014 GTS has been replaced by a hotter version of the S-spec 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 tuned to make 440 ponies. This force-fed six also boasts 445 lb-ft of torque -- an extra 62 units of twist. Fitted with a sport exhaust that adds a bit more aural excitement, the engine takes the 2015 Cayenne GTS from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds while promising improved fuel efficiency. Like its predecessor, this revamped GTS also features a low-riding/sport-tuned air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and upgraded Cayenne Turbo brakes with racy red calipers.
To endow it with appropriate visual punch, the new GTS has a more aggressive Turbo-look front clip as well as the Sport Design Package that brings bolder wheel arches, rocker sills and a unique rear diffuser set off with black-finish 20-inch RS Spyder alloy wheels and trim bits. Highlighting the cabin are standard 8-way sport buckets wrapped in leather and Alcantara. Buyers also can opt for an optional GTS package that brings Carmine Red or Rhodium Silver accent elements. Pricing for the 2015 Porsche Cayenne will start at $59,295 while the 2015 Cayenne GTS is set to open at $96,495.
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