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2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS Debuts

The New York International Auto Show just ended for the press last week, and coming up next is the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at the end of the month. Beijing plays hosts to a lot of luxury debuts and performance models. Fittingly then, Porsche has introduced the Cayenne GTS today ahead of the show. Porsche has used GTS to slot in between standard S and Turbo trim levels, giving buyers another option. The focus is one geared toward enthusiasts.

First of all, you’ll standout with the GTS based on color choice. That striking lime green is unlike any we’ve seen on a production Cayenne before. It is one of two new exotic-like colors available on the GTS, Peridot Metallic (shown) and Carmine Red. Definitely cool, but probably too loud for our personal driving tastes.

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The Cayenne GTS includes a lot of goodies from the Turbo, including its aggressive front clip. GTS adds on beefed up wheel aches, piano black elements, side skirts and a spoiler. The rims are 20-inch RS wheels finished in high-gloss black. The Cayenne’s ride height has been lowered by about 0.9 inches.

The changes come together to make the GTS look a lot more engaging and special than the standard Cayenne. Under the hood, the Cayenne’s 4.8-liter V-8 now makes 420 horsepower, up by 20 hp. 0-60 arrives in 5.4 seconds. If you want a manual you’ll have to look elsewhere though – Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission is standard, along with an Auto Start/Stop system to improve efficiency.

Inside, Porsche has fitted new sports seats that are eight-way adjustable and have Alcantara accents. The most enthusiast oriented feature of all though is “Sound Symposer”, which pumps exhaust intake sounds into the cabin. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS will set you back $82,050 (not including $975 destination) when it goes on sale in August.