"To match the new car's impressive performance, its specially configured sports exhaust systems deliver a highly emotive aural experience. Fitted as standard is an exhaust system with its tailpipes located at the outer sides of the car's rear, designed to produce a rich, sporty sound with a unique character."

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 15, 2020

Porsche AG has restored a V8 engine to its luxury crossover SUV, the 2020 version of the Porsche Cayenne GTS.

V8 engines have started disappearing from Porsche‘s SUV range in the past.

However, as Top Gear reported, the 2020 Porsche Cayenne GTS has an engine upgrade as the powerplant sitting in the engine bay is once again a V8, rather than the 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 with which it was replaced.

Now with the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo unit in both standard SUV and SUV Coupe styles, the Cayenne GTS is quicker.

V8, 2020 Porsche Cayenne GTS,

“With an output of 338 kW (460 PS; Cayenne GTS: Fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 11.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 260 – 255 g/km; Cayenne GTS Coupé: Fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 11.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 260 – 256 g/km) and torque of 620 Nm, the four-litre biturbo engine offers significantly improved performance in all disciplines. Both GTS models sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package and have a top speed of 270 km/h. A lowered performance-oriented chassis, a unique design and enhanced equipment round off the new GTS package.makes 338kW from 6000rpm and 620Nm from 1800rpm respectively,” Porsche AG said in a statement.

“With the Porsche-developed four-litre V8 biturbo engine from the flagship Cayenne model, the new Cayenne GTS now delivers 14 kW (20 PS) and 20 Nm more than its predecessor. This leads to significantly improved performance, something which applies equally to the new Cayenne GTS Coupé: the standard sprint from 0 – 100 km/h is now 0.6 seconds faster than before with the Sport Chrono package. Top speed has been increased by eight km/h. At the same time, great importance has been placed on efficiency. Among other things, this has been achieved by the optimally matched Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission, adaptive cylinder control, direct petrol injection with central injector position and an intelligently designed thermal management system. According to the NEDC combined cycle, the sportiest Porsche Cayenne GTS models offer a fuel consumption of 11.4 to 11.2 l/100 km.

“To match the new car’s impressive performance, its specially configured sports exhaust systems deliver a highly emotive aural experience. Fitted as standard is an exhaust system with its tailpipes located at the outer sides of the car’s rear, designed to produce a rich, sporty sound with a unique character. The high frequency-tuned sports exhaust system is a new development. It features two centrally positioned oval tailpipes that are offered exclusively on the Cayenne GTS Coupé and in future also on the Cayenne Turbo Coupé – in combination with the optional Lightweight Sports Package in each case.”

V8, Porsche Cayenne GTS, 2020

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne GTS is also lower. The standard steel-spring suspension lowers the car by 20 millimetres and includes Porsche Active Suspension Management for active and sporty damper control. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus is also fitted as standard.

There are options, of course, including better brakes, three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and dynamic chassis control.

The Cayenne GTS models also have tinted LED head and tail lights along with blacked-out air intakes, window trims and exhaust pipes. Inside there’s plenty of Alcantara, aluminium, and eight-way adjustable sports seats with deeper side bolsters.

In the UK prices start at £85,930 for the Cayenne GTS SUV, and £88,750 for the Cayenne GTS Coupe. In the US, it’s US$108,650 for the Porsche Cayenne GTS and US$111,850 for the Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe. In Australia, it’s A$192,900 for the GTS and A$198,200 for the GTS Coupé.