A look at the exciting new GTS models
PORSCHE HAS ADDED two additional extra sporty models to the second generation Porsche Panamera line – the Panamera GTS and the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo.
As is tradition at Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. Porsche’s first road-approved sports car, the 904 Carerra GTS, was launched back in 1963, bringing racing technology to the streets. This was followed by the 924 GTS and 928 GTS, which cultivated the concept throughout the 1980s and 90s.
The GTS moniker was revived for road cars in 2007, and when the first generation Panamera GTS debuted in 2011, it was only available as a sport sedan. For this second generation, the new Panamera GTS is also available as a Sport Turismo, offering a large deck lid, low loading sill, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating configuration. The new GTS variant promises to offer great usability for everyday driving while also delivering outstanding performance.
At the heart of both the models is a four-litre V8 engine with 453 hp of output and a maximum torque of 457 lb.-ft. The bi-turbo engine outperforms its predecessor by 13 hp and 73 lb.-ft, accelerating the GTS and GTS Sport Turismo from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds as it works in conjunction with the standard Sport Chrono package. The two models achieve a top speed of 292 and 289 km/h respectively, with their power transmitted to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system by the eight-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox.
The two GTS models are able to achieve both performance and comfort. The sports chassis lowers both models by 10 millimetres, and a sportier calibration setting for the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function is also included.
The two GTS models are able to achieve both performance and comfort. The sports chassis lowers both models by 10 millimetres, and a sportier calibration setting for the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function is also included. This works with the standard adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology for optimal spring rate spread and flexible control, resulting in outstanding lateral dynamics while preserving an expected level of comfort. When it comes time to decelerate, the 390 and 365-millimeter diameter disc brakes at the front and rear respectively bring the action promptly to a halt.
Performance equipment and packages optional to other Panamera models, such as the Sport Chrono package, Sport Design Package, and the sports exhaust system, are included as standard for GTS models. 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 more athletic appearance. This sporting style is made more pronounced by the 20-inch Panamera Design wheels, included as standard for the new GTS models. The interior features hallmark elements of black Alcantara and anodized aluminum. The standard package also includes a heated multifunction sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and Alcantara trim and the Connect Plus module for a wide range of digital services. An optional Interior GTS package offers drivers the ability to customize their vehicle with various design elements, such as a rev counter, designer seams, and GTS logos in Carmine Red or Chalk.
The GTS features one highlight that is new to the Panamera range – the head-up display. The driver-configurable display projects all relevant information into their direct line of sight in full colour. Of course, the GTS models still offer all the same innovations as the rest of the second-generation Panamera range as well. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, and optional rear-axle steering.
The GTS models are available for order as of 15 October, 2018. Pricing for the Panamera GTS begins at $146,200; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available from $153,300. Both are slated to arrive in Canada in mid-2019. </>