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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.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

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

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG


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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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V Under the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V An extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln Navigator The new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade V The Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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