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They laughed when Porsche announced back around the turn of this century that it was going to put an SUV on the market.

Well, to honest, probably nobody really laughed, but many did wonder why the German automaker of some of the world’s best sports cars would venture into a segment known to cater to families and off-road enthusiasts.

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The answer was that the company needed to keep up with the competition. Fellow countrymen BMW and Mercedes-Benz had recently joined the segment, which was at its zenith in popularity in the U.S.

And by going with an SUV over a luxury sedan, Porsche figured it would sell more vehicles to add to its bottom line. (The luxury sedan would come later when the Panamera was introduced.)

And so, for the 2003 model year, Porsche introduced the Cayenne.


Porsche added a performance-oriented GTS model to the Cayenne lineup for 2013.
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It came in two flavors then, the S Tiptronic and Turbo Triptronic, both with 4.5-liter V8 engines, and it got off to strong reviews and sales.

Fast-forward to now and the Cayenne is offered in two V6 and three V8 models as well as hybrid and diesel-powered versions.

The GTS is one of two new Cayenne models (the diesel is the other) for 2013. Though it would be fair to say that the Cayenne is one of the more perfomance-oriented SUVs on the market today, the GTS is even more so.

It gets 20-inch wheels as standard over the 18-inchers on the base, S, Diesel, and Hybrid models, and the active suspension system is height-adjustable for better handling on the highway.

Upgraded brakes, some distinctive exterior design elements, and front and rear sport seats also set the GTS apart from the other Cayennes.

The 4.8-liter V8 engine has been tuned to 420 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. That’s an increase of 20 hp and 20 lb.-ft. over the Cayenne S, giving the GTS a zero-to-60 mph clocking of 5.4 seconds, according to company figures.

So, yes, obviously, the Cayenne lives up to the company’s reputation for performance.

Fuel consumption figures are 15 miles-per-gallon gallon city, 21 highway for a combined 17 mpg.

Because of its perfomance-oriented refinements, the GTS is an easy vehicle to appreciate when it comes to driving. Yes, it is a big -- 190.8 inches long with a wheelbase of 114.0 inches, a height of 66.34 inches, and a hefty curb weight of 7,716 pounds -- but reacts with more finesse than other vehicles of such heft.

You’ve got the size to crush about anything in your path but the deftness to avoid it as well.

The interior of the cabin certainly is up to the standards of the luxury segment with lots of fine leather all about. Porsche has passed on the multi-functional, menu-based systems operated by one control and favored by its competitors that often can be bewildering when it comes to the simplest of operations.

The downside is that the Cayenne driver is confronted with an array of controls and buttons that gives the center console and instrument panel the feel of a 747 passenger plane. (“We have clearance, Clarence.” “Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?”)

It may take a while for you to learn what all this car can do, but it will be fun doing it.

Pricing for the 2013 Cayenne GTS starts at $83,025 including destination and delivery charges, but it hits six figures very quickly. The total MSRP for our test vehicle was $123,265.

Part of that cost would be the panache of the Porsche name, of course, which sometimes is a needless cost. Fortunately, in this case, the Cayenne GTS more than lives up to the company’s standards.

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The GTS is a new addition to the Porsche Cayenne lineup for 2013


The rear-lip spoiler gives the GTS a sporty profile.


There is 23.7 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row of seats or 62.9 cubic feet with the seats folded.
 

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Front brakes on the Cayenne GTS are 6-piston fixed aluminum monoblock with red calipers and 360 mm rotors.


The interior has the feel of an airplane cockpit with all the buttons and controls on the center console.
 

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Curb weight is well under 5000 pounds for all variants. The 7716 figure you cited is towing capacity
 
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