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2015-01-14 09:37

PORSCHE DUO ON SHOW IN DETROIT: Porsche has revealed its new Cayenne Turbo S (top) and 911 Targa 4 GTS at the 2015 Detroit auto show. Images: Porsche

DETROIT, Michigan – Porsche’s 911 Targa 4 GTS and Cayenne Turbo S made their debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

For the first time the 911 Targa 4 GTS combines the its GTS moniker with the classic targa-roof concept. It has a more powerful engine and standard sport chrono package.

The new Cayenne Turbo S becomes the most powerful version of Porsche’s popular flagship SUV, benefiting from and increase in power as well as style enhancements.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche is offering its iconic convertible in the more powerful GTS guise.

The 911 Targa 4 GTS is powered by a 320kW six cylinder 3.9 litre turbo mated to either Porsche’s double-clutch (PDK) seven-speed or seven-speed manual and all-wheel drive. The engine enables the Targa 4 GTS to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds on to a top speed of more than 300 km/h.

Although the engine produces an additional 22kW, its fuel consumption, rated at a claimed 9.2 litres/100km, remains the same as the 911 Targa 4S.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

It rear wheel-arches are flared by 22mm and the rear tyres are 10mm wider. Its front has an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator and sports smoked bi-xenon headlights that use Porsche’s dynamic light system.

It has black 20” 911 Turbo S alloy rims, sport design external mirrors and the “Targa" logo on the silver rollover protection bar. Black accents are also visible at the rear with gloss trim on the air inlet screen, the logo and the chromed exhausts.

The GTS theme continues throughout the interior with four-way adjustable sport seats (with black GTS logos on the head rests) and black leather.

The Targa has been a member of the 911 line-up since its debut in 1965.


Porsche also launched the sportiest version yet of its popular SUV – the  Cayenne Turbo S. It’s powered by a re-engineered 4.8 V8 bi-turbo capable of 425kW/800Nm (15kW/50Nm more than the previous unit) with all-wheel drive.

According to Porsche: “The Cayenne Turbo S can turn a lap of the North Loop of the Nurburgring in 7mins59.74, arecord for an SUV, and further proving that every Porsche is a genuine sports car – regardless of vehicle segment.”

It’s equipped with composite ceramic brake discss - 420mm front and, for the first time, 10-piston callipers. The rear discs are 370mm with and four-piston callipers.

Its active roll stabilisation and dynamic chassis control reduce lean when driving through curves. Porsche torque vectoring improves handling stability by making specific brake interventions on either rear wheel – this, the automaker says, "noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision".

The Cayenne Turbo S has 21” alloy rims with black edges, diode headlights, leather interior, carbon-fibre accents and black/cream cabin.

Compared to the standard version, it gains black air-inlet surrounds and the spoiler and wheel-arch mouldings are body-coloured. A sport exhaust system is available as an option in combination with a sound symposer, which transmits the V8 sound experience into the cabin.

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