2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupé GTS Pros
- The best driver’s Cayenne Coupé
- Exceptional sound
- Just the right level of performance
- Great looks that stand out
2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupé GTS Cons
- Compromise on comfort
- No towing
- Quite the jump in price over the Cayenne Coupé S
There are a lot of things that Porsche does well, one of which is making sure there are more than enough versions to satisfy any and every need in its individual model lineups. The Porsche Cayenne Coupé is no exception. Introduced in 2019, it currently offers six versions ranging from the base Cayenne Coupé to the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé. If you can’t find a model that suits your individual preferences in this lineup, you’re the problem.
Right in the middle is the GTS trim, introduced in November last year. For those who aren’t familiar with Porsche’s model hierarchy, the GTS trims serve as the bridge to the more powerful Turbo models, but they are also considered the sportiest and most dynamic versions in their respective lineups, the exception being the 718 and 911 models where even sportier track-focused versions exist. In the Cayenne Coupé family, however, the GTS is by far the most dialed-in trim.
It is powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 as the Turbo trim, although boost is lowered to 11.6 psi versus 18.8 psi for an output of 453 horsepower versus 541 hp in the Turbo. The Cayenne Coupé S offers 434 horsepower, meaning that on paper the GTS would seem closer to the latter in terms of performance, but on the road the experience is completely different. First, this V8 engine that replaces the outgoing twin-turbo six-cylinder in the last Cayenne GTS completely transforms the feeling and sound of the Cayenne Coupé. Moreover, there is a 51 pound-feet difference in torque between the GTS and the S (457 versus 406) and getting to 100 km/h (97 mph) takes 0.5 seconds less in the GTS (4.5 versus 5.0).
The GTS isn’t just quicker in a straight line. It handles better thanks to a more aggressive chassis setup out of the gate. A standard three-chamber air suspension combined with Porsche Active Suspension Management lower the ride height by 30 mm compared to a Cayenne S. The Cayenne Coupé GTS also gets a few goodies standard that are optional on the traditional Cayenne GTS including the Sport Chrono package that features launch control and steering-mounted drive mode selector (normal, Sport, and Sport Plus). The stability control in the Sport mode is also more open-minded, giving you more freedom as you explore the vehicle’s potential.
Cayenne GTS models also get a standard active exhaust system, the results of which cannot begin to be explained on paper. You have to hear it and chances are, if you are within a mile of a GTS being pushed to the redline, you will. Needless to say, this is the best-sounding Cayenne available and one of the best sounding vehicles available on the market period. You just can’t tow anything because of the central position of the dual exhaust tips.
Inside, GTS models get Alcantara inserts on the headliner, seat, centre console armrest and doors, although our tester had the spectacular Race-Tex interior that takes the cockpit to a whole other level. The GTS also gets the Sport Design package for the exterior standard, and the front and rear bumper as well as the side sills are all painted to match the exterior colour. 21-inch RS wheels are standard.
The Cayenne Coupé GTS is definitely the driver’s Cayenne Coupé, but should you buy one? Let’s take a closer look. Note here that we’ve already covered the Cayenne Coupé in more detail overall, including how it differs from the normal Cayenne. Here, we are focused on the GTS trim and how it stacks up within its lineup.
Why You Should Buy a Porsche Cayenne Coupé GTS
1. Spectacular V8 engine delivers a more engaging experience and sound compared to the Cayenne Coupé S’ twin-turbo six-cylinder.
2. The performance isn’t in line with the Cayenne Coupé Turbo, but it is more than enough outside of the track.
3. The exhaust note is incredible. No other Cayenne Coupé model comes close.
4. The GTS’ chassis and suspension tweaks make it the most dynamic and sportiest Cayenne Coupé by a mile. Handling is almost 911-like.
5. Porsche’s foremost performance options like Sport Chrono are standard in the GTS, further driving home that this is a trim that is meant to be driven fast.
6. The exterior design elements give the GTS a very aggressive look that differentiate it quite well from other Cayenne Coupé models on the road.
7. The GTS gets standard 15.4-inch brakes up front that provide remarkable stopping power. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are only required for heavy track use.
8. Handles better and feels sportier than an Audi SQ8 or BMW X6 M which remind you of their weight at times. The Cayenne Coupé GTS easily forgets that it is an SUV.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Porsche Cayenne Coupé GTS
1. This is the least comfortable Porsche Cayenne Coupé on the highway or in the city. On its own it is quite manageable, and it isn’t less comfortable than its direct Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz rivals, but compared to the Cayenne Coupé S or Turbo the ride is quite firm.
2. The exhaust system doesn’t allow for towing and if you aren’t into snarling V8 engine noises, the GTS is a little loud.
3. The price difference with the Cayenne Coupé S is steep and justified by extra performance. If you are looking to simply get to work and pick up the kids in a luxurious SUV, the GTS doesn’t give you more refinement for the increase in price over the S.
Any GTS trim is designed for a very specific type of Porsche buyer, one who doesn’t need the quickest vehicle, but certainly one that handles with the best of them. The Cayenne Coupé GTS is perhaps the best interpretation of the mission entrusted to those three little letters. It has a unique personality that focuses on providing the most sensations behind the wheel. It’s not the most powerful or quickest Cayenne Coupé you can buy, but it provides the most fun.