The new Porsche Panamera GTS has been revealed, slotting in below the full-fat Turbo model and boasting some 338 kW from its twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 heart. The GTS badge has also been applied to the big-booted Sport Turismo body style.
In addition to the extra oomph on offer, the GTS models gain added dynamic chassis systems (including three-chamber air suspension) plus unique design elements and a little more equipment.
The Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo are each powered by the brand's familiar V8, here tuned to deliver 338 kW and 620 N.m. This powerplant, Porsche promises, serves up an “emotional sound and driving experience” thanks to its standard sports exhaust system.
The eight-cylinder engine’s peak outputs best those of its forebear by some 15 kW and 100 N.m, allowing both the Panamera GTS and the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo to hit 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 4,1 seconds (the Sport Chrono package ships standard). The former tops out at 292 km/h while the latter is capable of 289 km/h. The engine is, of course, mated to all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
The sports chassis in the two GTS models has been lowered by 10 mm, while the automaker says its Porsche Active Suspension Management function has been “adapted for an even sportier calibration”. Uprated brakes measuring 390 mm up front and 365 mm at the rear are included.
You’ll be able to quickly identify the new GTS models on the road since they are fitted as standard with the Sport Design package. This brings extra black detailing up front and at the rear, plus a variety of darker elements across the body. A set of 20-inch Panamera Design wheels (pictured below) is fitted as standard, while the cabin features plenty of black Alcantara and anodised aluminium.
Standard features include a heated sports steering wheel (with gearshift paddles and more Alcantara trim) as well as the brand’s Connect Plus module. The GTS also gains a head-up display (which is set to roll out to the rest of the Panamera range, too). An optional interior package, meanwhile, allows buyers to customise their vehicles with various design elements, such as a rev counter, designer seams, and GTS logos in the contrasting shades of Carmine Red or Crayon.
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