2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

By Automotive Staff | September 12, 2007
Hypothetical situation: You have $70 grand. And you want a Porsche. You want the talent-enhancing Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and a six-speed manual box. Right. Looks like you're getting a Boxster S or Cayman S. And all is right with the world... Hypothetical situation, meet your new random variable - the 2009 Cayenne GTS. Motor Trend reports the new, spicier trim level, being shown this week at Frankfurt, will arrive on these shores next spring. Slotting between the mid-level S and the top-spec Turbo, the GTS has the 4.8-liter V8 from the S, here making a nice round 400 hp. External additions include quad tailpipes, new fascias and flares, a spoiler and 21-inch rims. It also gets sport seats and two original colors, Nordic Gold or GTS Red. We heave a collective sigh and admit it actually sounds kind of cool. The Cayenne is generally regarded as the Porsche people get who want a Porsche, but probably don't really want a Porsche (if you know what we mean). The company makes a ton of cash on Cayenne sales, which are a major contributing factor to its industry-leading profit margins. Without all that spicy cheese, we'd never see Carrera GTs or GT2s on the road. And we have to admit, the GTS's spec is somewhat intriguing. It's still heavy at more than 5,000 pounds, and with looks that really depend on the beholder, but disguising an off-road vehicle as a sports car has been a long standing dream of many a builder. Maybe Porsche finally got it right. If anyone can...

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