We can’t get enough Porsche variants, which is why we were eager to see the newest Cayenne family member at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this March. Unfortunately, it looks like the 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS won't actually debut at the Swiss show.
Instead, Autoevolution is reporting that the automaker wants the spotlight to focus on the debut of the 2013 Porsche Boxster, the third-generation version of Porsche’s entry-level roadster. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS will instead be pushed back to the Paris Auto Show this September, just in time for the rainy winter season.
As expected, the Porsche Cayenne GTS will follow the same formula as the newly released 2013 Panamera GTS. That means it’ll get a tweaked version of the 4.8-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8 engine from the Cayenne S and output will be rated at 430 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque (400 hp and 369 lb-ft in the Porsche Cayenne S). The engine will be mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and power will be subsequently sent to all four wheels. Suspension, tire, exhaust, and body kit upgrades should round off the GTS treatment. Pricing hasn’t been released, but expect it to ring beneath than the $108,075 price tag commanded by the Cayenne Turbo model.
There's no doubt that 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS will be more athletic and faster than its predecessor, which was powered by a 405-hp, 4.8-liter V-8. But will it be more special? That remains to be seen. Perhaps the most redeeming and unique quality of the first-gen Cayenne GTS was its available six-speed manual. Although we're big fans of most dual-clutch transmissions, we have to admit we'll miss the oddity/ insanity of the having a pedal-actuated clutch and a row-it-yourself gearbox in a three-ton luxury SUV.