Porsche has released their latest member to the Panamera lineup, the 2013 Panamera GTS, at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2011. More power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by ten millimeters and the sportily tuned chassis with air suspension and PASM are the major technical modifications.
The sportiest of all Panameras has design features in the front-end, side and rear area as well as black highlights. The interior has sports seats, a SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles, exclusive GTS leather interior and Alcantara surfaces.
The power unit in the new Panamera GTS is a modified 4.8 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430hp at 6,700rpm, trumping the engine in its Panamera S/4S sister models by 30hp. The maximum torque also increased by comparison, from 500Nm to 520Nm. The Panamera GTS sprints to 100km/h in under 4.5 seconds, accelerating on to its top speed of 288km/h.
The adaptive air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) featured as standard connect the chassis and body, constantly adapting to the driving characteristics by regulating levelling settings, adjusting height, adjusting the spring rate and electrically adjusting the damping system. The damping is designed to be tauter. Five millimeter thick wheel spacers between the wheel and the wheel carriers increase the rear axle track width, giving the Panamera a more stable ride.
The required grip is provided by 255/45 size 19 inch tyres on the front axle and 285/40 on the rear axle. Deceleration on the sporty Panamera is provided by the superlative braking system of the Panamera Turbo.
The Panamera GTS is being launched in February 2012 with a price tag of € 116,716. The Panamera GTS will be followed by a Cayenne GTS, which will be released in the upcoming weeks.