For 2010 Porsche also offers U.S. customers limited edition Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3. Featuring interior and exterior styling cues that help communicate this unique Porsche’s high-performance personality, it is the first time the Porsche Design stylists have chosen an SUV rather than one of Porsche’s sports cars.
Available through authorized Porsche dealers in for an MSRP of $89,900 plus $975 for destination, the Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 comes in Lava Grey Metallic with special design stripes adorning the sides and the hood. Bi-Xenon™ headlights are standard, yet they are finished in black to tie in with the dark privacy glass on windows rear of the Bpillar and the monochrome black exterior package for the window surrounds, door handles and door trim.
Adding to the look is the ‘Cayenne GTS’ model designation on the rear liftgate in black with the ‘S’ in red and the standard 21-inch SportPlus wheels and the wheel arch extensions finished in Lava Grey Metallic. Finally, customers can select an extended roof spoiler with a double-wing profile as a no-cost option.
Upon opening the door, the unique styling is immediately noticeable with the ‘Porsche Design Edition 3’ logo appearing on the stainless steel door entry guards. Exclusive black leather interior with contrasting red stitching in the seams on the upper dashboard and door trim, floor mats and cargo area mat further enhance the looks of this limited edition Cayenne.
Other interior accents include electrically adjustable sport seats with extended memory and raised bolsters for additional lateral support, the Porsche crest embossed on the headrests, and the center sections of the front and rear seats finished in Alcantara. The center console, the door linings, the inner sections of the door handles, and the entire roof lining are trimmed in Alcantara, as well.
A padded rim on the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel; carbon trim strips; the ‘Porsche Design Edition 3’ logo on the tachometer face; a 410-watt, 14-speaker Bose® 5.1 Surround Sound System; and a glovebox badge bearing the series production number round out the interior package.
Performance comes via a 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine fitted with a Sport Exhaust System as standard equipment and mated to Porsche’s six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. With 405 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 can sprint to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds on its way to a top test track speed of 156 mph. Also standard is the ParkAssist system and air suspension with a ride height that is .78 of an inch lower than the air suspension system available on the Cayenne and Cayenne S and standard on the Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S.
Like its limited edition siblings --- the Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 and the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 – this special model includes as standard equipment several Porsche Design accessories. For this car, the Porsche Design Studio has created a Type P’6612 automatic chronograph featuring a light titanium casing measuring 1.65 inches (42 mm) in diameter. It also has a metal strap with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating, a special coating carried over from racing engines that gives the titanium casing its characteristic color. Finally, the exclusive chronograph face plays off of the Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3’s unique interior. Also included is a four-piece luggage set (three trolley cases in various sizes and a functional briefcase) bearing the Porsche Design Edition 3 label.
Regardless of model distinctions, all Cayennes share a solid family resemblance. Every one has a bold face with its headlights under clear glass covers and mounted close to the fascia's outer edges. The strong front sweeps back to broad, muscular wheel arches. The breadth of the wheel arches increases along with each variant’s performance potential and tire size. Both the Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S are further distinguished by their power dome hoods, and the GTS shares their horizontal lighting units mounted in the outer air inlets.
Leaving no stone unturned in its quest to refine the Cayennes’ shape, Porsche's aerodynamic engineers optimized the shape of the exterior mirrors and the roof spoiler. Besides resulting in an aesthetic, fresh look, the current body has a lower coefficient of drag than the first generation Cayenne.