Purist new Panamera from Porsche [with photo gallery]

Porsche unveiled the Panamera GTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

November 17, 2011
by Canadian Automotive Review staff

LOS ANGELES: Porsche unveiled the Panamera GTS, which the car maker call “the purest expression of a four-door sports car in the Porsche family”, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the Panamera 4S, the Panamera GTS focuses on performance and offers more power, upgraded brakes and a lowered, sportier suspension.

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The Panamera GTS boasts design features such as bi-xenon headlights with black inner bezels, high-gloss black window trim, black side skirts, black lower rear fascia and matte black tailpipes. With large air intakes, the SportDesign front bumper emphasizes the vehicle’s sportiness and ensures an optimal air supply. At the rear, the adaptive four-way rear spoiler from the Panamera Turbo positions itself to generate downforce at high speeds. The GTS is the only Porsche available in Carmine Red.

The Panamera GTS is powered by a modified 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430hp at 6,700rpm – increasing the output over the Panamera S and 4S by 30hp thanks to a combination of a higher rev limit and a higher-flow intake system. The maximum torque also increases, from 369 to 384lb/ft. Exhaust gases exit through a standard sport exhaust system. Featuring two tuning flaps, which expose additional exhaust openings at the push of a button on the console, it emits an even more powerful sound.

With the launch control feature of the standard Sport Chrono package, the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission delivers thrust to the all-wheel drive system without interrupting the power flow, enabling the Panamera GTS to sprint to 100kmh in 4.5 seconds, accelerating on to a top track speed of 288kmh.

Deceleration is provided by the braking system from the Panamera Turbo, which includes larger front brake rotors; like other Porsche models, the Panamera GTS is available with optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), featuring yellow brake calipers. Cornering grip is provided by standard 255/45 19-inch tires on the front axle and 285/40 19-inch tires on the rear.

The Panamera GTS comes standard with the Sport Chrono package, which offers normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes. Specific characteristics of the car are further accentuated depending on which mode is selected: for example, activating Sport Plus enhances gear-shift parameters and throttle response, lowers the adaptive air suspension and switches to a harder spring rate, while the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system intervenes later.

Optional features include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which prevents the body from rolling by using active stabilizers on the front and rear axle, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which varies the torque distribution to the rear wheels with an electronically regulated rear differential lock.

Inside, the standard adaptive 18-way sport seats feature Alcantara center panels; Alcantara is also used on the upper sections of the door armrests, front center console armrest and roofliner. Two optional interior equipment packages marry a black interior with decorative stitching on the seats, floor mats, dashboard, door panels, center console armrest and doors, in Carmine Red or GT silver, with matching seatbelts and embroidered GTS lettering on the headrests and safety belts.

The 2013 Panamera GTS will be available in the spring of 2012 at a base MSRP of US$125,400.