2019 Porsche Cayenne GTS Rendered as The SUV Porsche May Not Build Anymore

We are now about one week away from the public debut of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne. The third incarnation of the SUV that changed Zuffenhausen forever will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but you can’t expect the full puzzle to arrive at the German venue.

To be more precise, the launch lineup will only involve the base model and the Cayenne S. The first is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 delivering 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of twist. As for the 2019 Cayenne S, this packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, which produces 440 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

Porschephilles might be familiar with the latter hp number being mentioned when talking about the Cayenne, since this also happens to be the output of the second-generation Cayenne GTS.

Along with the Turbo, the Turbo S E-Hybrid and possibly a pair of diesel models, the GTS should be among the badges that land later on in the high-riding model’s life.

Until that happens, we’ve brought along a rendering that gives you an idea of how the GTS will look (pixel tip to X-Tomi). Expected horsepower bump aside, the badge should also bring a host of small tech changes aimed at improving the connection between the driver and the machine.

However, there are wild rumors floating around that state the GTS badge won’t return to the Cayenne. This forum chat is mostly based on the story of the 2017 Panamera range, which still hasn’t received these three letters (those looking for extra punch compared to the S models can aim for the 550 hp Turbo versions).

Back in the day when the Panny and the Cayenne used naturally aspirated engines, the GTS was a tech delight, with the atmospheric V8 tweaking resulting in a memorable exhaust note. The switch to twin-turbo V6 power meant the badge lost a bit of its shine, but, given the always-rich Zuffenhausen lineup means we need to take such dismissal rumors with a massive grain of salt.


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