PORSCHE HAS PRODUCED YET ANOTHER OUTSTANDING OFFERING.
We’re always up for a test drive here at OHLALA, but every now and then, we’re gifted with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an exceptional brand. This month, compliments of the great team at Porsche Centre Bahrain, we were handed the keys to the new Cayenne Coupé GTS. Having already experienced Porsche offerings in the past – the Panamera, the Macan, and the 718 Boxster included – we knew we were in for a real treat.
When taking in the front of the new Cayenne Coupé GTS, you can see it is characterised by its standard Sport Design front apron with black air-intake grilles. The standard dark-tinted LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System are also in black and blend effortlessly into the car’s front end. At the flanks, Sport Design side skirts in high-gloss black are painted to match the rest of the exterior, as are the side window trims. The GTS logo – also in black – is present on the front door sills, whilst the 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels in satin-gloss black add to the car’s powerful appearance, complemented by the red callipers of the standard braking system.
The sharply slanting roofline with flow-through rear spoiler highlights the refined nature of the exterior design. This model features an adaptively extending roof spoiler, complete with spoiler lip that adds to its sporty nature. At the rear, the Porsche dark-tinted light bar runs across the width of the car and the model logo on the boot lid is finished in matt black. A unique Sport Design rear apron and diffuser add to this Cayenne’s muscular appearance, as do the black tailpipes of the new sport exhaust system. To finish off this impressive exterior, the roof of this coupé is made from carbon fibre.
Turning our attention to the interior, it was obvious that the same care put into the exterior design continued inside the cabin. The model’s black logo is featured on the stainless-steel door entry sills whilst the standard black-brushed aluminium package provides a black leather and Alcantara-trimmed interior that gives the GTS an exclusive feel. The eight-way adjustable front seats are comfortable, deliver the perfect driving position, and offer optimal lateral support during cornering thanks to the additionally raised height of the side bolsters.
The multifunction sports steering wheel is rather large, but comfortable in hand, and comes complete with shift paddles. The analogue rev counter is also in black and features the GTS logo. Also sporting this logo are the headrests on the outer rear seats, where there’s plenty of leg, head, and shoulder room on offer for all those travelling in the back. The boot, meanwhile, provides 22 cubic feet of cargo volume that can be increased to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
The Coupé GTS houses an intuitive display and operating concept called the Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The instrument cluster features the central counter flanked by two seven-inch HD displays. All key functions can be controlled by the driver via three core components, namely the 12.3-inch HD touchscreen of the Porsche Communication Management system, the touch-sensitive Direct Touch Control function in the centre console to interact with selected functions, and the multifunction steering wheel to control the onboard computer. There are plenty of Type-C USB sockets located in the front that are illuminated to ensure you can easily find them at night. Wireless use of Apple CarPlay is also available.
Performance-wise, we were thoroughly impressed with the 2021 Coupé GTS. This beast of a motor vehicle boasts a 4.0 litre, biturbo V8 engine that produces 453hp and 620Nm of torque. This, coupled with a Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission, translates to a machine capable of surging from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds and 0-200km/ h in 17.6 seconds. Thanks to the Coupé coming standard with the Sport Chrono Package, it has an impressive top speed of 270km/h. We spent the day effortlessly tearing up the tarmac and were struck by the excellent handling, cornering, braking, and sheer responsiveness of this superior vehicle. And, yes, it wasn’t easy when we had to hand back the keys.
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