Porsche Gave the 2025 Cayenne GTS Better Performance and a Higher Price

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

There’s room for debate over whether the Cayenne saved Porsche, but it’s hard to deny the SUV’s impact on the performance automaker’s bottom line. The Cayenne has been available in dozens of configurations over the years, but the GTS has long been offered a solid balance of speed and luxury. Though it was absent for the 2024 model year, Porsche’s bringing it back for 2025 with a range of improvements over the outgoing SUV that make it even more compelling than before.

The 2025 Cayenne GTS’ twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 is up to 493 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, increases of 40 ponies and 30 pound-feet. Power reaches all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic with revised shift logic in Sport mode. It also picked up front-axle components from the Cayenne Turbo GT that improve turn-in, along with a water-cooling system for the all-wheel drive system.

Interior upgrades include synthetic suede and genuine leather upholstery with red stitching, and buyers can exchange the standard black color for gray or red (later release). The rest of the cabin benefits from updates Porsche gave the Cayenne line in 2024, which includes a new infotainment system.

Of course, the latest and greatest doesn’t come cheap. Porsche boosted the Cayenne’s base price by around $12,000, making it almost $127,000 to start, and the Cayenne Coupe’s starting price is up to $131,495 – about $14,000 more. If those numbers don’t bother you, the order books are open now, and Porsche said it expects to kick off deliveries later in 2024.

[Image: Porsche]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Apr 23, 2024

    Nothing compared to the Ioniq 5N by Hyundai, a highly competitive and track focused vehicle unlike this poser vehicle. Hyundai is making major victories in racing and this DNA is flowing into the production vehicles. 350 HP Elantra N is sending the 718 away.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 23, 2024

    "If those numbers don’t bother you"

    Not to mention the depreciation. But it's a sweet ride.

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    • Carson D Carson D on Apr 23, 2024

      I used to run an auto shop for a friend of mine. A couple of different women came through the door with first-generation Cayenne V8s that they'd bought at BHPH lots. They couldn't afford to change the oil, which involved more than an hour of labor for removing under-hood shrouds and whatnot, about ten quarts of synthetic oil, and an expensive cartridge filter. Brakes would have cost about what the Cayennes wholesaled for.

  • Carson D Carson D on Apr 23, 2024

    A friend of mine bought a Cayenne GTS last week. I was amazed how small the back seat is. Did I expect it to offer limousine comfort like a Honda CR-V? I guess not. That it is far more confining and uncomfortable than any 4-door Civic made in the past 18 years was surprising. It reminded me of another friend's Mercedes-Benz CLS550 from a dozen years ago. It seems like a big car, but really it was a 2+2 with the utilitarian appearance of a 4-door sedan. The Cayenne is just an even more utilitarian looking 2+2. I suppose the back seat is bigger than the one in the Porsche my mother drove 30 years ago. The Cayenne's luggage bay is huge, but Porsche's GTs rarely had problems there either.