2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS test drive

Back in the ’80s, if you told a Porsche 962 engineer that Porsche would eventually produce an SUV (then an unknown term)with 440 horses, capable of being driven on track, they would have called you a dreamer. All these years later the Cayenne — an SUV — is Porsche’s best-selling model.Buyers love it. Porsche sold over 16,000 Cayennes in 2015, more than any other Porsche by quite a margin. And the Cayenne GTS is the top of the line, with a muscular body, lowered ride height and the spirit of a sports car.

The Cayenne’s success allows Porsche to build supremos like the Cayenne GTS. The GTS differs from its Turbo counterparts, with a 20mm drop in suspension travel for better handling, not to mention a great looking stance, particularly with 20-inch wheels. But if necessary, you can raise the suspension for off-road travel. The Cayenne will ford water, cruise highways, or it will drive the commute with equal poise.

A new 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 replaces the earlier V8, with an additional 20 horsepower and plenty of torque. Combined with the 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the engine generates  fast, brutal acceleration: 0-60 of 4.8 seconds.

Inside, Porsche combined the best from the Panamera and the 911 for an interior that is necessarily complex, but also easy to learn.

Its impressive that trucks and SUVs are made like this — ones that can handle tremendous horsepower and handling efforts and still provide comfortable driving dynamics. It’s proof that racing technology really does trickle down from the track to the street. Give Porsche credit for that.

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