The Porsche Panamera lineup is now complete as the latest addition was unveiled today at the 2011 LA Auto Show: this is the 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS. For those who don’t know, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and as expected, the Panamera GTS offers more power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by ten millimetres and the especially sportily tuned chassis with air suspension and PASM.
According to Porsche, the Panamera GTS is the most sportiest of all Panameras and comes with by distinctive design features in the front-end, side and rear area as well as black highlights.
The interior was also upgraded and features sports seats, SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles, exclusive GTS leather interior and Alcantara surfaces. Under the hood, the 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine delivers 430 hp (316 kW) at 6,700 rpm and 520 Nm of torque.
The Sport Chrono package is offered as standard and with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and the all-wheel drive (PTM) the Panamera GTS can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4.5 seconds, accelerating on to its top speed of 288 km/h or 178 mph.
Fuel consumption is still remarkable: 10.9 l/100 km – only 10.7 l/100 km with low-friction tyres. Braking system is borrowed from the Panamera Turbo. The Panamera GTS is being launched in February 2012 with a price tag of €116.716 ($125,400 on the US market).
The Porsche Panamera GTS has a standard sports exhaust where the gases exit. This exhaust system has bigger pipe diameters that lower pressure. This is also why the car delivers more output. In addition, it produces an audible and exciting sound. The exhaust has a pair of tuning flaps, which feature additional exhaust openings, giving the car a more powerful sound. The control for these flaps is done via a switch located on the center console, which in turn has a last mode function that logs the last setting you used and automatically uses that mode when the engine starts.
GTS power unit is controlled by the modified and enhanced engine management system. It is instantly discernible once you start the engine with a brief revving of the unit. When you are driving, you are guaranteed a faster torque build-up, and you will notice the hasty responsiveness of the car. The engine management system further allows you to shut off the cylinders when you are shifting gears, helping you accelerate or decelerate faster.
This lowers the gear change times and the engine gives a motor racing purr. And when you select the Sport mode, the engine gives out a staccato sound (called the backfire). The backfire is a sharp but brief sound coming from the exhaust system that you can hear when shifting down, guaranteeing an experience akin to handling a sports car.
Driving dynamics and chassis
The Porsche Panamera GTS has an athletic chassis with performance-related options available as standard. For instance, adaptive air suspension featuring the Porsche Active Suspension Management ups your driving dynamics and comfort by electrically adjusting the damping mechanisms, adjusting the height and the spring rate and self-levelling.