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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.


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Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.


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Details of new Cayenne GTS announced

Porsche has revealed the new Cayenne GTS – alluding to the vehicle’s sporty character by adopting the GTS name, which calls to mind the famous 904 Carrera GTS of 1963. In 2007, the Cayenne GTS became the first Porsche of the modern era to revive the acronym, and the label has gone on to signify enhanced dynamics, performance and driver involvement. Alongside the GTS, a new entry level model with the familiar 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine rounds off the Cayenne portfolio.

The Cayenne is currently the most successful range in the Porsche portfolio, with the GTS accounting for 11% of the model mix.

 

The Cayenne GTS’s 3.6-liter V6 bi-turbo engine is the performance-oriented enhancement of the new power unit presented in the Cayenne S. Its consumption is lower and it delivers improved levels of performance. Compared with the previous model (with a V8 naturally aspirated engine), power output increases by 20ps to 446ps, and torque by 85Nm to 600Nm, while fuel consumption goes down by up to 0.9l/100 km. The Cayenne GTS accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds, and manages the same sprint in 5.1 seconds when outfitted with the optional Sport Chrono package – an improvement of 0.5 and 0.6 seconds respectively on the previous model. Top speed is 260km/h. As standard it has a sports exhaust system, which provides the familiarly deep GTS soundtrack.

 

In the new Cayenne base model, the familiar 3.6-liter V6 naturally aspirated engine delivers 304ps. It accelerates the Cayenne from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds – 7.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package – an improvement of 0.2 seconds on its predecessor. At 230km/h, top speed matches the level of the previous model. Like all new Cayenne models it benefits from general efficiency measures, such as coasting, auto stop/start, and thermal management – as a result, fuel consumption drops in comparison with the previous model by 0.7l/100km to 9.2l/100km. That equates to CO2 emissions of 215g/km, 21g/km lower than before.

5 November 2014


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