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Porsche Unveils Second-Gen Cayenne GTS


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The 2013 Cayenne GTS is equipped with a 420-hp V8 (based on the Cayenne S engine), an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with an integrated stop-start function, the Porsche Active Suspension Management System, and is lowered by 24 mm compared with the Cayenne S. The front end is borrowed by from Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne GTS, which is slotted in the company’s lineup between the S and the Turbo, goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds. The top speed is 162 mph (261 km/h). The NEDC fuel consumption is 10.7 liters/100 km (22 mpg).

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When the Cayenne GTS goes on sale in the U.S. in August, it will have a base MSRP of $82,050.

So, where did the Porsche Cayenne GTS have its world premiere? Stuttgart? New York? Tokyo?

Beijing. At Auto China 2012.

Why? Well consider this: in 2011 it sold 24,340 vehicles in China, which represents a 64.6% increase over its sales there in 2010. And while it sold more vehicles in the U.S. in 2011—29,023—that represents an increase of just 15% compared with 2010 sales.  (Yes, “just 15%” is somewhat ironic, all things considered.  But you can’t argue with 64.6%.)

You go—and intro—where the growth is most robust.

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