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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe First Test: Who Needs the Turbo Models?

Just as the most expensive wine on the menu isn’t always the best choice for everyone, picking the priciest Porsche Cayenne Coupe model simply because you can isn’t the smartest choice. By track-testing five Cayennes over the last few years including the $148,150 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe you see here, we’ve learned the Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid models don’t actually hit the lineup’s sweet spot. Here’s what the Cayenne GTS Coupe does right and where it falls short.

If you’ve gotta have a V-8, start your search with the Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupe. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 under the hood produces 453 hp from 6,000-6,500 rpm and 457 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 rpm all the way to 4,500 rpm. Unless you’ve just stepped out of a Cayenne Turbo Coupe, those are impressive numbers, even for a 5,008-pound SUV (as tested). What’s more impressive, though, is how the Cayenne GTS Coupe performs on the track.

The Cayenne GTS Coupe reaches 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds in MotorTrend testing, cutting 0.4-0.7 second from Porsche’s estimates. We’ve tested a 455-hp E-Hybrid hitting 60 in 4.2 seconds, and a base Cayenne finishes the benchmark sprint in a respectable 5.1 seconds (both non-Coupe variants). That’s great, but if this is strictly about beating all comers in an imaginary run down a dragstrip, the GTS model falls 0.6 second behind the Turbo Coupe, which has a 541-hp version of the same V-8 and accelerates to 60 in a stunningly quick 3.2 seconds. We like the Cayenne Turbo Coupe, but there should be more to (Porsche) life than acceleration bragging rights. Just ask our test crew. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.

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