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Photos: 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS

The Cayenne GTS handles better than any SUV we've tested before, and Porsche assures us it works great off-road, as well. The GTS is designed for better road performance than its siblings.

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A little lower to the ground and a little more powerful than its siblings, the Cayenne GTS is the best handling SUV we've ever driven.
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Porsche purists might consider this Porsche badge a little too high off the ground, but the Cayenne is Porsche's best-selling car, allowing the company to maintain a stable bottom line.
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The 4.8-liter V-8 uses four camshafts and Porsche's Variocam variable valve timing, producing 405 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm.
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The Cayenne GTS comes with an adjustable air suspension. In this picture, it is raised up for maximum ground clearance.
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With all-wheel-drive, Porsche's performance-tuning, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, the Cayenne GTS exhibits excellent handling in hard corners, keeping roll to a minimum.
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The Cayenne GTS can use its power for hauling instead of performance, and can be fitted with an optional towing kit.
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The cabin provides comfortable seating for five, plus plenty of cargo area.
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We weren't impressed with the plastic silver trim elements, but the seats and Alcantara roof are nice.
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Porsche puts large stereo controls on the wheel hub, making it easy to adjust the volume, for example.
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Porsche doesn't skimp on the gauges, including six in the Cayenne GTS, along with a center display for trip and other information.
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This stick shift was a surprise in the Cayenne GTS. We weren't crazy about the long shifter, which isn't great for sport driving. An automatic is optional.
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This head unit is an option called Porsche Communication Management. It includes navigation, a stereo, and phone. But the phone system only works in Europe, and the navigation system feels a few years old.
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The interface uses the knob on the right for selecting menus, digits, and letters. It is a little tedious.
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XM Satellite radio is an option with the Cayenne GTS, and uses the Porsche Communication Manager for its interface.
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The single disc player in the Cayenne GTS can read MP3 CDs, and you can browse folders with the interface.
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Our car came with the audio system upgrade, a Bose system featuring 14 speakers and a 410 watt amplifier.
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The Porsche Communication Manager also shows trip information.

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