The 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS marked an important milestone in the luxury SUV segment, combining Porsche’s sporty heritage with the practicality of an SUV. As a part of the first generation of the Cayenne model line, the Cayenne GTS offered enhanced performance, distinctive styling cues, and a refined driving experience.

The Cayenne GTS showcased a more aggressive and sporty appearance compared to the standard Cayenne. It featured a unique body kit that included revised front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and larger air intakes, contributing to improved aerodynamics and a more commanding presence on the road. The design elements were in line with Porsche’s performance-focused philosophy, ensuring the GTS stood out as a performance-oriented variant.

At the heart of the Cayenne GTS was a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine, generating around 405 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode, offering drivers the flexibility to enjoy both automatic and manual gear changes. Porsche’s renowned all-wheel-drive system, known as “Porsche Traction Management,” provided excellent grip and stability across various driving conditions. The Cayenne GTS was equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that allowed for adjustable suspension settings to enhance the vehicle’s handling dynamics.

With its lowered suspension, more responsive steering, and performance-tuned components, the Cayenne GTS offered a driving experience that was true to Porsche’s sporting heritage. It boasted improved agility and cornering capabilities compared to the regular Cayenne, making it a more engaging option for driving enthusiasts who sought both practicality and performance.

Inside the cabin, the Cayenne GTS blended luxury and sportiness seamlessly. High-quality materials, including premium leather upholstery and aluminum trim, created an upscale environment. The GTS variant featured sport seats with additional bolstering to provide optimal support during spirited driving. Technological features included a premium audio system, a touchscreen infotainment system, and various driver assistance features to ensure a comfortable and convenient driving experience.

The 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS set a precedent for future GTS models within Porsche’s lineup, showcasing the brand’s commitment to delivering performance-oriented variants that didn’t compromise on practicality. This first-generation Cayenne GTS helped solidify the Cayenne’s position as a respected and sought-after luxury SUV that retained Porsche’s sporty DNA.

How to spot

  • Painted wheel arches and bumper
  • Lower side skirt
  • Lower suspension
  • Cayenne GTS badge on rear
  • Quad sports exhausts


Capacity: 4806cc

Compression ratio: 12.5:1

Maximum Power: 405hp @ 6,500rpm

Maximum Torque: 500Nm @ 3,500 rpm

Brakes: Front 350mm and Rear 350mm

Suspension: Fully independent double wishbone

Wheels & Tyres: 8J x 18-inch wheels with 255/55 ZR 18

Length: 4,798mm

Width: 1928mm

Weight: 2,245kg


Did you know?

This was the first Porsche in modern history to return the GTS badge. The first GTS was the 904 Carrera GTS from 1963.