Porsche Cayenne GTS (2012): 30 second review

CJ Hubbard
Porsche Cayenne GTS
Porsche takes the Cayenne to another level with this new high-performance GTS model. Slotting into the range between the S and the Turbo it brings unique character and incredible handling to the premium SUV segment.
We like:
Astonishingly capable chassis (with options), impressive ride comfort, furious noise, shock value.
We don't like:
Overly keen automatic downshifting, exterior styling won't be for everyone.
Should I buy one?
Tooled up in this fashion, the Porsche Cayenne GTS doesn't just drive well for an SUV, it drives well for a sports car.
With all that additional artificial assistance you might expect it to be boring. Yet somehow the engine noise, the feedback, the sheer juxtaposition between appearance and performance, the way it charges into corners - all conspire to keep you involved. It has charisma to burn.
The tasty gizmos come at a price, though - we calculate an extra £5,378 over the £67,147 basic. While some will struggle to see the point of such an outrageously agile SUV, if you're after one car to cover the practical, the dynamic and the high-seated security bases, the Cayenne GTS is phenomenal.
Rating
5/5
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