Ever since the debut of the second-generation Porsche Panamera, the bi-turbo V8 was only available for the top-spec Turbo. Producing an impressive 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque, the Panamera Turbo is clearly one of the most powerful production cars Porsche has produced.
But what if you preferred something a little more tame, but is still quick on the corners? Well, the Stuttgart-based automaker has just made that via the 2019 Panamera GTS. Powered by a detuned bi-turbo V8, the GTS still makes more than 450 PS, and comes with handling and styling upgrades that make it stand out from the rest. The new GTS is available in both the standard Panamera and Panamera Sport Turismo body styles.
At first glance, the 2019 Panamera GTS looks like any Panamera on the road. A closer look, however, does reveal Porsche was indeed busy changing up the exterior. Equipped with the Sport Design Package, the GTS features blacked-out trim pieces on the front and rear fascias that give it a more 'athletic appearance' according to Porsche. It also comes with 20-inch black Panamera Design alloy wheels that further highlight the GTS' sporting pedigree.
Also getting a slight makeover is the interior. Unlike the standard and Turbo models of the Panamera, the GTS gets black Alcantara upholstery along with anodized aluminum trimmings. A heated multifunction leather steering wheel with paddle shifters also come as standard equipment on the GTS. There's even the option of fitting the GTS' interior with a distinct rev counter, as well as GTS logos with contrasting shades of Carmine Red or Crayon upholstery on the seats.
A plethora of high-tech amenities make their way in the all-new Panamera GTS. From the advanced Porsche Advanced Cockpit, to sophisticated assist systems such as adaptive cruise control and optional rear-axle steering, the GTS is both cutting-edge and safe.
Under the hood is a bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 churning out 460 PS and 620 Nm of torque. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new GTS cranks out 20 PS and 100 Nm more. This translates to a 0 – 100 km/h sprint of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 292 km/h for the standard GTS and 289 km/h for the GTS Sport Turismo. Power is transferred to all four wheels via an all-wheel drive system and eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
Besides having a meaner engine, the Panamera GTS also benefits from improved handling and ride comfort. A new adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology comes as standard, which results in a comfier ride and better control when on the limit. In addition, the GTS sits 10mm lower a standard Panamera while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) has been re-calibrated to deliver sportier handling. Rounding up the chassis upgrades on the Panamera GTS are larger disc brakes for the front and rear axles.