The day was quite pleasant, with the ambient temperature fluctuating between 25-27 and grey clouds blocking off the sun which had been soaring temperatures in Mumbai for over a week. Lonavala was still lush after the rains and the only warm hue in this setting was the fiery red Cayenne GTS you see here. The car is quite different than the one we drove over four years back, because this one is based on the updated Cayenne that Porsche brought to India this April. It not only benefits from the tighter lines of the refreshed design, but the body-coloured skirting all around and the lack of a bash plate also gives it a sleeker stance than its siblings. There are the gloss black quad exhaust tips, matte black 20 inch alloys and the smoked black tail lights that aim at justifying the distinctive GTS badges (in black again). Their counterparts on the inside are the sportier seats, Alcantara upholstery, red seatbelts and matching red stitching on the seats, dash and steering wheel.
Based on the updated Cayenne, the new GTS boasts of tighter lines and a sleeker design
The steering wheel itself comes from the flagship 918 Spyder's design book. It gets sleek and tall paddle shifters too, which are connected to the eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. Even globally, Porsche isn't offering a manual on the Cayenne GTS anymore. Typical to Porsche, the gearbox is quick and has very smooth shifts with no transmission shocks whatsoever even in the aggressive Sports Plus. But the big news is the engine that it is mated to - a 3.6-litre bi-turbo V6 from the Cayenne S. It replaces the 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8. Interesting, how the entire line-up of Porsche cars will soon be turbocharged.
The GTS treatment adds gloss black exhaust pipes, tinted taillights, a beefier bodywork, 20-inch matte black alloys and the GTS badging all around
The engine is tuned to provide a linear power and torque delivery and it is hard to notice that this is a turbocharged car. There is no lag or surge and no waste-gate whistles either. The V6 isn't too loud and has a nice howl that even your neighbours won't complain about. The sports exhaust is standard and let's you bump up the exhaust note by opening flaps inside the muffler, but if you are expecting crackling sounds like other German bigwigs, then you will be disappointed. Porsches are smooth and this fact is even made audible with the exhaust note.