With fuel prices at lows not seen since the early days of the Great Recession, there's been a resurgence in demand for vehicles that might be described as less than mileage conscious. So Porsche's presence at the 2015 North American International Auto Show was clearly well-timed, with the maker pulling the wraps off two of its most powerful models.
The big news was the debut of its blisteringly fast 911 Targa 4 GTS. Also making its way into the world was the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S.
The 911 Targa has a unique place in the Porsche lineup, not quite coupe, not quite convertible. Buyers who want the best of both worlds now have the chance to add another 30 horsepower, the 3.8-liter flat-six churning out 424 horsepower, enough to launch it from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 4.3 seconds.
The GTS wears its performance pedigree proudly, and adds a number of sporty features, including an adaptive suspension, sport exhaust, 20-inch Turbo S black wheels and Sport Chrono package. Visually, there are unique mirrors, chromed exhaust pipes and GTS logos on the door.
Inside, the 911 Targa 4 GTS is trimmed with black Alcantara and sports the GTS logo on its Sport Plus Seats.
To put all the power to the pavement, the GTS comes standard with all-wheel-drive — reflected in the Targa 4 designation.
The new model will reach showrooms in Germany in mid-March, though Porsche has yet to reveal timing or pricing for the U.S. market.
The big Cayenne SUV has always put a premium on the word "sport," and now buyers will be offered an even more aggressive ride with the launch of the Turbo S. Its bi-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 makes 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, launching from 0 to 62 mph in just under four seconds.
European sales of the Turbo S begin during the second quarter of 2015.
During the Porsche news conference, CEO Matthais Muller stressed Porsche's plan to maintain its "exclusivity," but with all the new models it has been launching, sales have grown rapidly, reaching a record 189,850 last year.