Meet the new sweet spot: 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS debuts

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

The V-8 is mated to an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. Those figure slot it in nicely below the bonkers-fast Panamera Turbo but comfortably above the more basic Panamera trims.

Porsche has introduced a new GTS variant for the Panamera and Panamera Sport Turismo. Top speed is 292 km/h for the Panamera and 289 km/h for the Sport Turismo. Compared to its predecessor, the auto makes 20 BHP and 100 Nm more. A sports exhaust system is standard. Their exceptional performance is achieved with moderate consumption of just 10.3 l/100 km (Sport Turismo: 10.6 l/100 km) (see footnote); the CO2emissions are 235 g/km (Sport Turismo: 242 g/km).

As is typical with a GTS-trim vehicle, the standard equipment list is a greatest hits album of the standard Panamera's options list.

Extra sportiness comes from lowered suspension which sits 10 millimeters lower than on tamer Panameras, and attached at each hub is a 20-inch wheel. Other notable changes include a retuned Porsche Active Suspension Management system and a beefier braking system with larger discs that measure 15.3 inches (390 mm) up front and 14.3 inches (365 mm) out back. 20-inch Panamera Design wheels are standard. The Sport Design package with a new black front end, black trim at the bottom of the rear, and a variety of darker elements highlights the more athletic appearance.

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Behind the wheel, there's a heated steering wheel with paddles, Alcantara trim, and plenty of anodised aluminium.

A GTS Interior package is optional and gets fancy GTS logos, special stitching, and a choice of a tachometer in either Carmine Red or Chalk.

The GTS models offer all the same tech as the second-generation Panamera range, which first surfaced in mid 2016.

The GTS models come equipped with a colour head-up display, adaptive cruise control and optional rear axle steering. One thing that's entirely new for the Panamera is the inclusion of a driver-configurable color heads-up display. Porsche's first road-approved sports auto, the 904 Carrera GTS, was launched all the way back in 1963, bringing racing technology to the streets. In Germany, the Panamera GTS is available from Euro 138,493 including Value-Added Tax and country-specific equipment; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available from Euro 141,349. The first-gen Panamera GTS debut in 2011.

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