Just last month, the eagerly awaited 2015 Porsche Cayenne was revealed. Sporting a host of visual and mechanical changes, the new Cayenne really matches the modern feel of the Macan and is all the better for it. Now a prototype of the upcoming 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS has been spied testing at the Nurburgring and it could bring with it a brand new engine.
The outgoing Porsche Cayenne GTS of course features an impressive naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 engine. However, the following prototype certainly sounds to have adopted an engine featuring forced induction. If true, then it is likely to be the 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 used by the new Cayenne S and Macan Turbo.
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS will sit between the Cayenne S and the upcoming Turbo S and should provide the perfect middle ground between the pair.
For the 2015 Porsche Cayenne models revealed thus far, the car utilises brand new headlights featuring a more compact design than currently used. In the Cayenne Diesel, S and S E-Hybrid variants, the car utilises Bi-Xenon headlights with four-point LED daytime running lights while in Turbo specification, the car utilises LED bulbs alongside the Porsche Dynamic Light System.
Maintaining focus on the front end, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne also receives a new front bumper and skid plate as well as blacked out grilles. The foglight, daytime running light and front air intake surrounds are also finished in matte black which gives a very unique look to the sporty SUV.
At the rear, the rather dramatic visual changes continue with completely revised taillights featuring. It was initially expected that they would be nearly identical to the Macan’s taillights but thankfully, they have their own unique design characteristics. They are slimmer than the current models and also feature sharper edges. Elsewhere, a new tailgate is featured as are redesigned exhaust pipes.
Beyond the visual changes, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne also features a host of upgrades distinguishing it from the current car. Most importantly is the creation of the brand new Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It shares its hybrid powertrain with the Panamera hybrid’s which sees a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine delivering 410 hp at 5500 rpm and 435 lb-ft of torque between 1250 and 4000 rpm. This engine is then mated to an electric motor delivering 94 hp. All up, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid will hit 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h.