Introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS is based on the active all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S while featuring 30 more horsepower, larger brakes and a ten millimeter lower body. Modifications to the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with air suspension produce sportier chassis tuning that help make the Panamera GTS even more capable of cutting it on the race track without sacrificing practicality.
Powered by a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, the Panamera GTS delivers 430 hp at 6,700 rpm. With a push of the Sport Chrono button, the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission transmits all that muscle to the active all-wheel drive system without any interruption in the power flow during gear changes. This enables the Panamera GTS to sprint to 60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds, accelerating on to its top-track-speed of 178 mph.
0-60 figures and top-track-speed only scratch the surface of the new Panamera GTS’s sporty character. While its chassis makes it fit for the race track, the modified suspension connects the chassis and body, constantly adapting to the driving challenges by adjusting height, modifying the spring rate and electrically modulating the damping system for any and all road conditions. Required grip is provided by standard 255/45 size 19-inch tires on the front axle and 285/40 on the rear axle. Optional 20-inch wheels are available with 255/40 tires on the front and 295/35 on the rear.
Deceleration on the sportiest Panamera is provided by the braking system from the 500 hp Panamera Turbo. The GTS is available with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) that weigh approximately 50% less than the standard brakes and have yellow brake calipers.
With the Sport button activated, the driver and passengers hear the GTS engine “breathing” even more than usual by way of a new ‘Sound Symposer.’ The Symposer picks up intake vibrations between the throttle valve and air filter and transmits these vibrations as engine sounds to the A-pillar. At the same time, the Panamera GTS’s standard sport exhaust system features larger diameter pipes to help reduce back pressure, controllable internal flaps for a throaty tone and has black exhaust tips. The flaps are controlled by a switch in the center console that incorporates a “last mode” function that remembers the last setting when the engine is restarted.
The new Panamera GTS includes distinctive design features at the front, side and rear as well as black highlights. The interior is tailored with adaptive sports seats, the SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles and exclusive GTS leather interior with Alcantara surfaces.
The aerodynamics of the Panamera GTS is on par with the Panamera Turbo. Its large air intake opening built in to the standard front fascia of the Panamera’s SportDesign package ensures enough fresh air for the larger air filters unique to the GTS. This is matched at the rear with the adaptively deploying four-way rear spoiler from the Panamera Turbo. At speeds of 125 mph and above, it positions itself to actually generate downforce on the rear axle, thereby ensuring stable driving safety at high speeds.
The Panamera GTS’s interior includes leather and Alcantara trimmed seats in a choice of five colors and the standard adaptive 18-way adjustable sport seats feature Alcantara center panels. Alcantara trim is also used on the upper sections of the door armrests and front center console armrest, as well as the roof liner.
The 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS, on-sale since March, brings active all-wheel-drive to the hi-performance sports sedan. A sports sedan for sports car purists.
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