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The Porsche Cayenne GTS is back, with Germany’s preeminent sports car maker unveiling a new, faster and lighter version of its more road-focused 4WD.

Porsche’s second iteration of its sportiest Cayenne will be unveiled at this month’s 2012 Beijing motor show, taking a much shorter time to arrive in the line-up than the original GTS.

The new Porsche Cayenne GTS is available in Australia from September, with a starting price of $164,900 again reflecting its positioning between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo.

It carries over a familiar formula, with a retuned version of the Cayenne S’s 4.8-litre V8 engine, though this time mated as standard to an eight-speed auto rather than six-speed manual.

Power rises to 309kW over the 298kW of the old GTS while also giving the new GTS an advantage over the 294kW S.

It’s faster than both, too, with a stated 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.7 seconds, with 160km/h reached in 13.3 seconds en route to a top speed of 261km/h.

Fuel consumption of 10.7 litres per 100km is slightly worse than the Cayenne S’s 10.5 figure.

The Porsche Cayenne GTS again lowers its suspension by 24mm compared with regular versions of the SUV, with the underpinnings also tweaked in unison with adjustable dampers to create the most agile, road-hugging model in the Cayenne range.

The GTS again borrows the bolder face of the flagship Cayenne Turbo, though adds its own distinctive exterior touches with a more aggressive treatment for its side skirts, wider wheel-arches, its own rear roof spoiler design, and a smattering of black gloss trim for areas such as the door frames and tailgate.

Porsche hasn’t released interior pictures for the new Cayenne GTS but says it combines leather and Alcantara for cabin materials, with eight-way adjustable front sports seats fitted as standard.