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), dynamic chassis systems including adaptive air suspension, and their own unique design elements and equipment, the Porsche Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo harness a one-of-a-kind performance package. As you would expect from a factory GTS, the basic equipment package is extensive. 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 assis-tance systems to include a head-up display with various configuration options for the entire Panamera range. At the heart of both of the new Porsche 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 sys-tem. The biturbo engine, which features a gasoline particulate filter, outperforms its predecessor by 15 kW (20 hp) and 100 Nm, accelerating the Porsche Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds as it works in con-junction 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) four-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); it has a CO2 emission level of 235 g/km (Sport Turismo: 242 g/km).
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 a wide spring rate spread. The sports chassis in the two GTS models has been lowered by 10 mil-limetres, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function has been adapted for an even sportier setup. The result? Outstanding lateral dynamics. Large brakes (390 millimetres in diameter at the front, 365 millimetres at the rear) support the longitudinal dynamics. When compared to the predecessor, the standard equipment of new Porsche Panamera GTS models has been significantly upgraded in a number of areas. The Sport Design package with a new front and rear aprons in black, and additional dark 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 equipment also includes a heated multifunction sports steering wheel with gear-change paddles and Alcantara trim and the Connect Plus module for a wide range of digital services. With the op-tional 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.
The GTS models offer all the same innovations as the second-generation Panamera range. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, assistance 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 pro-jects all relevant information directly into their direct line of sight in full colour. 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 Porsche Panamera GTS is also available as a Sports Turismo. With a large tailgate, low load-ing sill, increased luggage compartment volume and 4+1 seating configuration, the new GTS variant based on the models introduced in 2017 meets the highest of standards for everyday driving, while also delivering outstanding performance.
The new Panamera GTS and new Panamera GTS Sport Turismo both benefit from the same V8 biturbo engine generation as the Panamera Turbo models. During the development phase, Porsche’s engineers focused on ensuring maximum efficiency and exceptional performance. At speeds between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, the four-litre engine in the new Porsche Panamera GTS models delivers peak output of 338 kW (460 hp), outperforming the 4.8-litre V8 engine in the predecessor by 20 hp. The maximum torque of 620 Nm – 100 Nm more than the previous model – is available at speeds between 1,800 and 4,500 rpm. The new eight-cylinder model accelerates the Panamera GTS and the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds thanks to the standard Sport Chrono Package. The saloon reaches a speed of 200 km/h in just 15.4 seconds; the Sport Turismo achieves the same in 15.6 seconds. The Gran Turismo reaches a top speed of 292 km/h while the Sport Turismo tops out at 289 km/h. Their exceptional performance is achieved with mod-erate consumption of just 10.3 l/100 km (Sport Turismo: 10.6 l/100 km); it has a CO2 emission level of 235 g/km (Sport Turismo: 242 g/km). In view of the stricter particulate emissions limits set out in the new EU emissions standards for the European Union and other markets applying its standards, the launch of the new Porsche Panamera GTS models will see all vehicles for these markets fit-ted with a gasoline particulate filter, which will also be installed in all Panamera models from the new model year. They therefore comply with the Euro 6 d-Temp (EU6 BG) emission standard as well as C6b in China. The structure of this sealed ceramic filter is similar to the particulate filter for diesel engines, though with some adaptations needed to meet the requirements for petrol engines. The exhaust gases are fed through alternately sealed channels, forcing the gas to flow through the walls of the particulate filter. Particulate deposits are burned off in an automatic re-generation process.
The V8 engine in the new Panamera GTS models exhibits an incredible degree of agility, even at the higher end of the rev and power range. At the same time, the eight-cylinder unit is able to deliver maximum torque at low speeds. These drive characteristics are due primarily to the biturbo charging technology in the central turbo layout. Carefully designed twin-scroll turbochargers supply compressed air to the V8’s combustion chambers. The two turbines rotate in opposite directions and deliver maximum torque, even at the lowest rev levels. The turbochargers achieve a maximum charge pressure of 0.8 bar. A compressor powered by the exhaust gas flow compresses the intake air for each turbocharger. To allow the engine to re-spond effectively, the process air runs through two separate branches. After flowing through the left and right intercoolers upstream from the V8, the process air from outside the vehicle passes through one throttle valve on each side into the left and right cylinder banks. The intercoolers significantly reduce the temperature of the process air once it has been heated during the compression process. This boosts the density of the air, increasing the oxygen content in the cylinder and improving efficiency as a result. One key feature of all Panamera engines is the central location of the injectors and their high-pressure injection valves inside the combustion chamber. The V8 engine found in the new Panamera GTS models uses valves with seven nozzle holes. The individually aligned nozzles help to optimise combustion, thereby reducing emis-sions and increasing efficiency. And Porsche achieves this in every single operat-ing phase. Its engineers have used injectors to employ individual injection strategies while the engine is starting, while the catalytic converters are heating up, while the engine is warming up and while the engine is warm. Each cylinder bank is equipped with a high-pressure pump with a maximum injection pressure of 250 bar.
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