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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS, Cayenne GTS Coupé add performance to Porsche's mommymobile

Porsche is upping the power and performance of the newest GTS family members.

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Perhaps calling the Porsche Cayenne a mommymobile is a bit too far, but one can't help but notice the inherent practicality that comes with owning Porsche's largest SUV. Now, Porsche is upping the sport factor on the model, offering two new variants: the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS and the 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupé.

The SUV's heart is a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that achieves 453 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The engine is pared with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It only comes with all-wheel drive.

2021 Porsche GTS & 2021 Porsche GTS Coupé

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The model can get to 62 mph from a stop in 4.5 seconds. Opting for the Sport Chrono package adds launch control and lowers the time it takes to reach 62 mph to 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 168 mph.

All these figures are an improvement on comparable last-gen models.

Porsche has given the SUV a lowered performance-oriented chassis, a unique design, and enhanced equipment. At the back is a high-frequency tuned sports exhaust system that is designed to provide a richer burble out the centrally located (Cayenne GTS and Turbo Coupés only as part of the Lightweight Sports Package) twin oval tailpipes.

The GTS models feature a standard steel-spring suspension that lowers the car by 20 millimetres. It rides on standard satin-gloss black RS Spyder Design 21-inch wheels. Of course, there are red brake calipers.A variety of brakes are available.

Porsche has given the model a standard Sport Design package which adds blacked out elements to the model including tinted LED headlights and taillight bar as well as black front air intakes, side window trims, tailpipes of the sports exhaust system, and badging.

The model's cabin is outfitted in Alcantara and accented with brushed aluminum. Standards eight-way sports seats are up front.GTS logos can be found on the front doors, door entry sills, rev counter and head restraints. Buyers can option up to include personalization options adding Carmine Red or Crayon-colored accents to the interior.

The new Porsche Cayenne GTS models are available to order now and will be in dealerships starting in July.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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