Back in July, we stumbled upon some filings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that included a few Porsche models. Among them was a Panamera GTS, and now we know why. A new GTS is officially part of the Panamera world, and if you like your added dose of sport with a longer roof, you can get a GTS Sport Turismo as well.
The heart of both GTS offerings is a familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, though in the GTS it’s tuned to make 453 bhp, slotting neatly between the standard Panamera and the fire-breathing Turbo. Shuffling the power to the ground is an adaptive air suspension that’s fitted as standard equipment, then further tweaked for duty on the GTS models. Ride height is slightly lowered, and Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system receives some recalibration to add some excitement in the lateral arts.
In the looks department, GTS models get a dose of black treatment in numerous areas including the front and rear clip and lower side trim, to name a few. Standard-issue wheels are 20-inch Panamera Design, and of course nobody will miss the black GTS branding on the doors and bootlid. More GTS branding can be found inside, along with black Alcantara with aluminium trim, all standard. An optional GTS package adds numerous customisation features such as choosing contrasting colours for stitching and the GTS logos. Porsche’s digital cockpit is in full effect, but all-new for the GTS is a head-up display that can be configured in multiple colours.
As mentioned previously, these GTS upgrades are available for the Sport Turismo as well. Porsche tells us the performance enhancements will send either car from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, though the Sport Turismo tops out a little slower at only 180 mph versus 182 mph for the regular GTS.
Both models are available to order now. Pricing across the pond starts at €138,493 for the Panamera GTS and €141,349 for the GTS Sport Turismo in Germany. Prices for the UK market haven’t been released yet.
Gallery: 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS
New GTS models: two athletes join the Porsche Panamera family
Stuttgart. Porsche has added two extra sporty models to its Panamera range. With a powerful performance from the four-litre V8 biturbo engine (338 kW/460 hp), extra dynamic chassis systems including three-chamber air suspension, and their own unique design elements and equipment, the Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo harness a one-of-a-kind performance package. For example, the Sport Design package with black exterior elements and large Alcantara surfaces in the interior is included as standard. What’s more, Porsche has expanded its portfolio of comfort and assistance systems to include a head-up display with various configuration options for the entire Panamera range.
Emotion and efficiency: V8 engine with 460 hp and sports exhaust system
At the heart of both of the new Panamera GTS models is a four-litre V8 engine with 338 kW (460 hp) of output and maximum torque of 620 Nm, cultivating an emotional sound and driving experience when combined with the standard sports exhaust system. The biturbo engine, which features a gasoline particulate filter, outperforms its predecessor by 15 kW (20 hp) and 100 Nm, accelerating the Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds as it works in conjunction with the standard Sport Chrono package. The two models achieve a top speed of 292 and 289 km/h respectively. There are no interruptions in tractive force as power is transmitted to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system by the eight-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. 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).
Performance and comfort: sports chassis with three-chamber air suspension
Designed to reflect the sporting prowess of the Panamera GTS models, the chassis systems are impressively dynamic. The adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is fitted as standard, which results in flexible control and optimum spring rate spread. The sports chassis in the two GTS models has been lowered by 10 millimetres, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function has been adapted for an even sportier calibration. The result? Outstanding lateral dynamics. Large brakes (390 millimetres in diameter at the front, 365 millimetres at the rear) deliver outstanding deceleration.
That distinctive GTS look: Sport Design package with black highlights
When compared to the predecessor, the new Panamera GTS models’ basic equipment package has been significantly upgraded in a number of areas. 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. The GTS models are equipped with 20-inch Panamera Design wheels as standard. The interior features hallmark elements of black Alcantara and anodised aluminium. The standard package also includes a heated multifunction sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and Alcantara trim and the Connect Plus module for a wide range of digital services. With the optional Interior GTS package, drivers can customise their vehicle with various design elements, such as a rev counter, designer seams, and GTS logos in the contrasting shades of Carmine Red or Crayon.
A first for the Panamera: head-up display with many configuration options
The GTS models offer all the same innovations as the second-generation Panamera range. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, and optional rear-axle steering. The GTS also features one highlight that is new to the entire Panamera range – the head-up display. The display can be configured by the driver and projects all relevant information directly into their direct line of sight in full colour.
Even better for day-to-day driving: the first ever Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
As is tradition at Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. Porsche’s first road-approved sports car, the 904 Carrera GTS, was launched all the way back in 1963, bringing racing technology to the streets. This was followed by the 924 GTS and 928 GTS, which cultivated the concept throughout the 1980s and 90s. In 2007, the GTS celebrated its revival with the Carrera GTS. The first generation of the Panamera GTS followed in 2011, initially available as a sports saloon only. Now, the new Panamera GTS is also available as a Sports Turismo. With a large boot lid, low loading sill, increased luggage compartment volume and 4+1 seating configuration, the new GTS variant based on the 2017 model meets the highest of standards for everyday driving, while also delivering outstanding performance.
The new GTS models are available to order now. In Germany, the Panamera GTS is available from EUR 138,493 including VAT and country-specific equipment; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available from EUR 141,349.