Crossover and sedan maker Porsche has added two models to its mildly freshened Panamera range. With powerful performance from the four-liter V8 bi-turbo engine (338 kW/460 hp), extra dynamic chassis systems including three-chamber air suspension, and “their own unique design elements and equipment,” the Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo are claimed to offer one-of-a-kind performance packages.
The Sport Design package with black exterior elements and large Alcantara surfaces in the interior are included as standard. Porsche has expanded its portfolio of comfort and assistance systems to include a head-up display with various configuration options for the entire Panamera range.
At the heart of both of the new Panamera GTS models is a four-liter V8 engine with 338 kW (460 hp) of output and maximum torque of 620 Nm, which allegedly provides an emotional sound and driving experience when combined with the standard sports exhaust system. The biturbo engine, has a gasoline particulate filter and outperforms its predecessor by 15 kW (20 hp) and 100 Nm. Acceleration of the Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo from 0 to 100 km/h in a claimed 4.1 seconds. The two models achieve a top speed of 292 and 289 km/h respectively.
There are no interruptions in tractive force as power is transmitted to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system by the eight-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. Fuel consumption of 10.3 l/100 km (Sport Turismo: 10.6 l/100 km) the CO2 emissions are 235 g/km (Sport Turismo: 242 g/km)*.
The adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is standard, which results in flexible control and optimum spring rate spread. The sports chassis in the two GTS models has been lowered by 10 millimeters, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function has been adapted for an aggressive calibration. The result? Outstanding lateral dynamics is claimed. Large brakes (390 millimeters in diameter at the front, 365 millimeters at the rear) deliver outstanding deceleration.
When compared to the predecessor, the new Panamera GTS models’ basic equipment package has been upgraded in a few areas. The Sport Design package with a new black front end, black trim at the bottom of the rear, and a variety of darker elements highlights the – cliché and marketing babble alert – more athletic appearance. The GTS models are equipped with 20-inch Panamera Design wheels as standard. The standard package also includes a heated multifunction sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and Alcantara trim and the Connect Plus module for digital services. With the optional Interior GTS package, drivers can customize their vehicle with various design elements, such as a rev counter (Really a tach optional on a Porsche? Well what can you expect from a truck maker!), designer seams, and GTS logos in the contrasting shades of Carmine Red or Crayon.
The GTS models have the same innovations as the second-generation Panamera range. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, and optional rear-axle steering. The GTS also features one highlight that is new to the entire Panamera range – the head-up display. The display can be configured by the driver and projects all relevant information directly into their direct line of sight in full color.
As is tradition at Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. Porsche’s first road-approved sports car, the 904 Carrera GTS, was launched all the way back in 1963, bringing racing technology to the streets. This was followed by the bargain basement 924 GTS and 928 GTS Corvette knockoff, which carried the concept throughout the 1980s and 90s. In 2007, the GTS celebrated its revival with the Carrera GTS.
The first generation of the Panamera GTS followed in 2011, initially available as a sedan only. Now, the new Panamera GTS is also available as a Sports Turismo. With a large boot lid, low loading sill, increased luggage compartment volume and 4+1 seating configuration, the new GTS variant is based on the 2017 model.
The new GTS models are available to order now. In Germany, the Panamera GTS is available from EUR 138,493 including VAT and country-specific equipment; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available from EUR 141,349.
*The consumption and CO2 emission values were determined in accordance with the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The NEDC values derived from this should continue to be specified for the time being. These values cannot be compared to the values determined in accordance with the NEDC measuring procedure used up to now.