2012 Porsche Panamera GTS Exterior Review
Customers will easily distinguish the new Panamera GTS from the previous Turbo model thanks to its distinctive design features in the front-end, side, and rear areas as well as its black highlights. The Panamera has received a high-gloss black exterior package that comprises the side window trim, the decorative trim on the rear lid, the headlight washer unit cover, the rear diffuser ,and the side air outlet panels. Porsche is also offering black side skirts and matte black tailpipes.
The Porsche Panamera GTS will also get an adaptive four-way rear spoiler that, at speeds above 127 mph, will generate downforce on the rear axle, thereby ensuring stable driving safety at high speeds.
The GTS is built on a tuned chassis combined with an adaptive air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Compared to any other Panamera in the line-up, the GTS sits 10 mm lower and will be offered with new 19″ diameter Panamera Turbo wheels, 5 mm rear wheel spacers, and larger brake discs.
The Panamera GTS will be offered with an exclusive Carmine Red exterior color.
2012 Porsche Panamera GTS Interior Review
The Porsche Panamera GTS’s agility is apparent in every bend. The lateral and longitudinal acceleration display now makes this visible for the driver as well. The display in the right-hand tube of the instrument cluster and the optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system informs the driver about the instantaneous acceleration, thereby reflecting the potential for high cornering speeds and the Panamera GTS’s driving performance.
The Panamera’s sporty personality is expressed throughout the interior with driver and passengers seated in an ambiance made of leather and Alcantara with a choice of five interior colours. The centre panels of the adaptive 18-way adjustable sports seats featured as standard, the upper sections of the door armrests and front centre console armrest and roofliner are in Alcantara. The Sport-Design steering wheel with shift paddles and twelve-hour markings on the steering wheel rim combines dynamic looks and sporty functionality. It can also be clad with black Alcantara if so desired. To ensure clear differentiation, the front stainless steel door entry guards are adorned with “Panamera GTS” lettering. “GTS” lettering is also to be encountered in the instrument cluster and on the embroidered headrests, making the purist Porsche Panamera GTS simply unmistakable.
Porsche has put together special optional equipment packages married with a black interior, exclusively for the Porsche Panamera GTS. The decorative stitching on the seats, foot mats, dashboard, door panels, centre console armrest and doors are executed in Carmine Red or GT silver. The embroidered “GTS” lettering on the headrests and safety belts is also in the corresponding colour, thus rounding off the overall impression.
2012 Porsche Panamera GTS Engine Review
The 2012 Panamera GTS uses a modified 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine – the same one used in the Panamera 4S. The engine has received numerous modifications that have helped increased the total output by 30 HP and the peak torque by 14.75 lb.-ft, for a total of 430 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission that delivers sport performance combined with efficiency and comfort.
The GTS will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of of 179mph. Combined fuel consumption is 25.9mpg and CO2 emissions are 256g/km.
2012 Porsche Panamera GTS Prices
The new Panamera GTS will go on sale in February 2012 and US prices will be announced at a later date. In Europe, the GTS is priced from 116.716 € (about $157,000 at the current exchange rates).