Published on November 21st, 2011 | by Seán Ward0
Porsche Panamera GTS
Going on sale in February priced at £90,409, the GTS has a 430 bhp, 520 Nm naturally aspirated, 4.8 litre V8 engine, increasing power and torque by 30 bhp and 20 Nm over the Panamera 4S.
The power combined with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK gearbox means the 0-60 mph sprint for the GTS takes just 4.5 seconds, and the car has a top speed of 179 mph.
Much of the sports paraphernalia featured on lower Panamera models is fitted as standard to the GTS, including a sports button, which, Porsche says, can allow the car’s occupants to hear the car ‘breathing’. Once the button is pressed, the ‘Sound Symposer’ directs engine intake noise to the interior, something achieved by an acoustic channel which picks up the intake vibrations between the throttle valve and air filter, and thanks to a special membrane, transmits the vibrations into the A-pillar. Essentially it makes the car louder.
Handling is improved thanks to a 10 mm lower ride height, Porsche’s adaptive air suspension, and ‘Porsche Active Suspension Management’ (PASM). 19-inch turbo wheels are fitted as standard, as are the Turbo’s brakes.
Other additions to the GTS include the Sports Chrono Package, which adds a ‘Sport Plus’ program to the car, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Bi-Xenon headlights, daytime running lights, a unique paint colour, ‘Carmine Red’, and a car tracking system.