Whenever Porsche announced something about its flagship SUV, the market remains stunned. Even from its first edition, Cayenne is drawing a lot of attention. The German company was one of the first carmakers to switch from the exotic cars to the SUV segment. Cayenne started the evolution, and soon we will see more luxury brands delivering even sportier SUVs: Ferrari, Bugatti, Lotus… But, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne is also bringing a big change. Last year, fans saw an impressive Turbo S E-Hybrid with 670 hp. Now, the GTS is ready to make an even more stunning appearance.
Another big deal is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe. However, experts are taking this lineup separately. Well, the only difference is in the body style, while all other things (packages and drivetrains) are the same. The engine lineup is more than impressive, as well as the handling, maneuvering, and performance of each of them. The Turbo S E-Hybrid is something which gets the closest to the 707 horsepower coming from the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat. On the other hand, the price is near the base cost of the Bentley Bentayga.
NEW MODEL: 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS is joining the lineup. Other models will remain the same. GTS package will also be available with the coupe body style. A V8 we find under the hood is the same 4.0-liter displacement available for the Turbo version. In this case, an engine is delivering 453 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of twist. An eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox will send power to all wheels. The new Cayenne GTS will need 4.1 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration. If you select the Chrono package with Performance Start, the clock stops at 3.9 seconds. Max speed of both GTS and GTS Coupe will be limited at 168 mph.
One thing revealed that the new model is on the way. At first sight, fans knew the GTS is the next Cayenne, thanks to the central-mounted exhaust tips. It is now official. Besides that, the new model comes with a special design of bumpers that will improve aerodynamics. A lot of other customizations are available, such as the Lightweight Sport Package.
If you are interested in more details about the GTS and GTS Coupe versions, visit the official Porsche site.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Base and S
The entry-level version of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne will carry a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. The SUV is impressive right from the start with 335 horsepower, navigation, and a 12-inch screen. The S model adds a panoramic sunroof and 19-inch wheels. However, the main upgrade is a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. It adds 100 horsepower and upgrades the torque to 405 lb-ft.
Turbo and Hybrid Models
When it comes to performance, a V8 engine is hard to compete with. So, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo gets 540 hp and 515 lb-ft from 4.0-liter displacement. That is the same engine we will find under the hood of the new GTS. High power outputs harm the fuel economy, which drops to 17 mpg combined. Turbo version will be performance-oriented thanks to the air suspensions system and 21-inch wheels. Nevertheless, the entire offer is on the highest levels, with upscale materials in the cabin, heated seats, premium sound system, and adaptive LED lamps.
Cayenne was one of the first luxury SUVs that used the hybrid system. Engineers combined a 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor, which added 120 ponies to 335 hp coming from the petrol unit. Even with more power, the Cayenne E-Hybrid returns a better gas mileage. This system brings special clusters and active suspension management features, while the Sport Chrono Package becomes available for the improved performance.
Top of the lineup version is still the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. An electric motor is mated to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 for the total power of 670 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Dynamic Chassis Control system will improve handling and maneuvering of one of the best rides in the class. Torque vectoring is added, as well as carbon-ceramic brakes, and heated steering wheel.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Prices
When it comes to the pricing, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne will be above most of the competitors. Even the base version will cost just under $70,000. Some premium mid-size SUVs are available for much less. However, none of them will offer the driving impression of Porsche’s model. The S model adds more than $15,000, while buyers have to spend at least $83,000 for a hybrid unit. If you want to maximize the power and get it over 500 horsepower, the price enters six-digit waters.
The Cayenne Turbo is going to be available at $130,000, where are also Mercedes AMG GLS 63 and BMW X6M. The E-Hybrid Turbo S leaves rivals in dust with its performance. However, not too many fans will spend $165,000. The new GTS is going to debut with the MSRP of $107,300, while the Coupe version adds $3,000.