2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Review, Ratings, Specs, and Prices

The Cayenne is the quintessential “Drivers SUV”. However, if you find the standard Cayenne a bit soft, checkout the new 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS. The latest entry into the mid-size crossover SUV offers enhanced cargo capacity and mildly revamped interior and exterior.

The latest avatar of Porsche Cayenne GTS features a 440 hp 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 w/Direct Fuel Injection engine. Pricing for the latest iteration of the Porsche Cayenne GTS starts from $98,600.

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS competes with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, BMW X6 xDrive50i and Maserati Levante S. All of these are cheaper than that of the Cayenne GTS. Nonetheless, Cayenne GTS leads the race with a combo of performance, reliability, style, and functionality.

What will impress you?

  • Spacious and elegantly designed cabin
  • Engaging handling
  • Luxurious and comfortable interiors

What won’t

  • Expensive
  • Common Luxury items are on option list

What’s New in 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS?

Though the 2018 avatar of Porsche Cayenne GTS doesn’t bring some major changes, there are a galore of minor ones. The latest addition to Porsche Cayenne GTS lineup comes with:

Upgraded Infotainment System – Porsche Communication Management or PCM is better than before.

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Trims and Features

The Porsche Cayenne GTS has a base price of $98,600. Even at that price, plenty of features are on the options list.

Trims Cayenne GTS
MSRP $98,600
Feature Cayenne GTS has powerful version of the S engine good for 440 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It also offers a variety of additional performance enhancements that include 20-inch wheels, a specially tuned adjustable air suspension, larger high-performance brakes, a sport exhaust system, front sport seats, a simulated-suede headliner and seat inserts, and unique exterior styling elements.

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Driving and Performance

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Engine
2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Engine

“Cayenne GTS rewards a heavy right foot. The GTS, a Turbo-look version of Porsche’s best-selling model—which slots between the S and the Turbo—has lost two cylinders but gains 20 horsepower in the transition from its former naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant to the new twin-turbo six.

This is the same blown 3.6-liter V-6 that powers the revamped Cayenne S, but here it’s tuned to deliver 440 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque rather than 420 and 406.” – Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS flaunts to have a 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 w/Direct Fuel Injection engine. It is capable of generating 440 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of power and torque, respectively. BMW X6 xDrive50i offers a slightly higher power, 445 hp, than the Cayenne GTS.

While Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio offers the most power among the competition, Maserati Levante S offers the least. 505 hp and 424 hp, respectively.

Models Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
MSRP $98,600 $77,700 $86,100 $79,995
Engine 3.6L Twin-Turbo V6 w/Direct Fuel Injection 4.4L 32 Valve V8 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 2.9L 505HP V6 Twin-Turbo
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 440 hp 445 hp 424 hp 505 hp
Torque 443 lb-ft 480 lb-ft 428 lb-ft 443 lb-ft

In terms of torque generated, 443 lb.-ft. offered by the Porsche Cayenne GTS is same as that of Stelvio Quadrifoglio. This is more than that offered by the Maserati Levante S, 428 lb.-ft., and less than 480 lb.-ft. of BMW X6 xDrive50i.


The Porsche Cayenne GTS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Maserati Levante S posts similar time. While BMW X6 xDrive50i features a slightly better 0-60 MPH acceleration of 4.6 seconds. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio offers the best – just 3.9 seconds.

Models Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
0-60 MPH 4.9 sec 4.6 sec 5.0 sec 3.9 sec
Quarter mile 13.2 sec 12.8 sec 13.6 sec 12.9 sec
Engine 3.6L 4.4L 3.0L 2.9L

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3 10.3 11.0 10.6

BMW X6 xDrive50i and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio fare closely in a quarter-mile drag race posting 12.8 seconds and 12.9 seconds respectively. 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS takes 13.2 seconds to accomplish the same feat.

Ride and Handling

Earlier, Cayenne struggled to get the front tires deliver a desirable performance in tight corners. The latest revamp of the Cayenne GTS tries to resolve this issue, not completely but definitely better than before.

In order to avoid body roll, PDCC is coupled with the 3-chamber air springs. All components of the handling systems built into the SUV works in tandem to offer a fine balance of compliance and dynamics.


While the front brake in Porsche Cayenne GTS measures 15.3 inches, the rear one is smaller, measuring 14.1 inches. These can stop the Cayenne GTS from 60 MPH in 106 feet.

Model Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Brake Front(in) 15.3 14.4 15.0 14.2
Brake Rear(in) 14.1 13.6 13.0 13.8
Curb weight(lbs.) 4652 5080 4650 4360
60-0 MPH (ft.) 106 107 113 120

It is only 1 foot more than that of the BMW X6 x Drive50i. Maserati Levante S comes to full rest after covering a distance of 113 feet, while it takes 120 feet for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to come to a halt in emergency scenarios.

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Fuel Economy

The 2018 iteration of Porsche Cayenne GTS offers 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway. The combined fuel economy offered by the same is 19 mpg. It is greater than what BMW X6 (17 mpg) and Maserati Levante S (16 mpg) has to offer. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio leads with 21 mpg combined.

“Porsche Cayenne will manage fuel economy in the high-teens, fairly remarkable considering its heft and performance.” – Carconnection

Model Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
MPG (city) 16 15 14 17
MPG (highway) 23 21 19 24
MPG (combined) 19 17 16 21

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Exteriors

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Rear
2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Rear

“Although the 1st-generation Cayenne was popular, it was never going to win any beauty contests. However, this second generation, introduced in 2011, has set the standard for athletic-looking SUVs with its sports-car stance and proportions.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 avatar of the Porsche Cayenne GTS is 191.1 inches in length, 78.7 inches in width and 67.0 inches in height. The length is second to BMW X6 xDrive50i’s 193.8 inches and third to Maserati Levante S’s 197.0 inches. Alfa Romeo Stelvio has the smallest length – 185.1 inches.

Model Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Curb weight(lbs.) 4652 5080 4650 4360
Length(in) 191.1 193.8 197.0 185.1
Width(in) 78.7 78.3 77.5 77.0
Height(in) 67.0 67.0 66.1 66.3
Ground clearance(in) 6.6 7.8 9.7 8.1
Wheelbase(in) 114.0 115.5 118.3 111.0
Track width(in) F/R 64.7/65.2 64.7/67.2 63.9/66.0 61.2/63.3

Exterior Features

The competence put into building the mid-size SUV is clearly reflected in the exterior design. The use of precise lines makes it clear that it is a sports car with some additional capabilities. The exterior of the latest iteration of the Cayenne GTS features:

  • Sharper front and rear sections
  • Slightly altered bonnet, main headlights, air intakes and front wings
  • Wheels with attractive styling

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Interiors

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Interior
2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Interior

“Porsche does interiors well. The 2017 Cayenne’s cabin layout is highly intuitive and well insulated, and it has excellent fit and finish. Whether you spend your time commuting or taking long road trips, the Cayenne provides a fast-moving sanctuary of comfort from the world outside.” – Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The total passenger capacity of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS is 5, same as that of its competitors. Front headroom, shoulder-room, and legroom for the mid-size crossover SUV is 39.6 inches, 58.9 inches and 40.2 inches, respectively. Front legroom for the Cayenne GTS is second only to BMW X6 xDrive50i’s 40.3 inches.

Model Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


39.6/58.9/40.2 39.3/60.5/40.3 40.2/55.8/38.5 40.2/60.2/36.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


37.3/56.2/35.7 37.2/57.9/35.6 39.1/55.9/34.6 38.9/58.6/35.9

Second headroom, shoulder-room, and legroom for the Cayenne GTS are 37.3-inch, 56.2-inch, and 35.7-inch, respectively. Maserati Levante S has the highest second headroom of 39.1 inches, while the most second shoulder-room is offered by the Stelvio Quadrifoglio – 58.6 inches.

Infotainment System

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS comes with an enhanced Porsche Communication Management system. The touchscreen is responsive and crisp. Audiophiles can get the 14 speaker Bose audio system or the high-end Burmester audio system.

Cargo Capacity

In terms of cargo capacity, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS wins the competition. It has 60.3 ft. cube of behind 2nd-row space and 27.1 ft. cube of behind 1st-row space. These are slightly greater than that of its closest competitor, the BMW X6 xDrive50i.

Model Porsche Cayenne GTS BMW X6 xDrive50i Maserati Levante S Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Behind 2nd Row (ft. Cube) 27.1 26.6 19.4 18.5
Behind 1st Row (ft. Cube) 60.3 59.7 57.0 56.5

It has 26.6 ft. cube behind 2nd-row and 59.7 ft. cube behind 1st-row. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the least cargo capacity – 18.5 cubic feet behind 2nd-row and 56.5 cubic feet behind first row.

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Safety Ratings and Reliability

The all-new 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS comes with comprehensive safety features. The list includes Anti-lock Braking System, Central locking system on the driver and front passenger doors and adaptive brake lights.

It is worth noting that neither IISH nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the 2018 Cayenne GTS.

Safety Features

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
Central locking system on driver and front passenger doors (leaves fuel filler door unlocked)
Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
Adaptive Brake lights
LATCH for child-restraint safety-seat installation
Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
Anti-theft alarm system
Rollover sensor that triggers airbags and safety-belt pretensioners in the event of a rollover

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS Head-to-Head Competition Check

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Despite costing $20k less than the 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio boasts more power that directly translates to quicker acceleration. The Stelvio also offers sharp handling but is let down by its unimpressive interiors.

BMW X6 xDrive50i

With the 445 hp 4.4L 32 Valve V8 engine, BMW X6 xDrive50i is second only to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio in terms of power. Also, it is the cheapest SUV compared here at $77,700. That said, the X6 does not lack anywhere – be it capability, luxury, or quality. What’s missing here is the exclusivity factor.

Maserati Levante S

Maserati Levante S boasts a glorious sounding 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 engine delivering 424 hp of power and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. While it’s low on grunt, the Levant looks the most exotic of the bunch with the iconic Trident badge.

Final Verdict for 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS

2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS delivers the best of both worlds – sports and utility. The fuel economy is good and there is plenty of space inside. Interiors are comfortable, elegant and practical, while exteriors radiate the aesthetics of a sports car. Pricing is the only thing that can get you thinking, though.

Nonetheless, for those looking to enjoy a mid-size crossover SUV that is reliable, powerful and elegant, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS is worth going for.

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