The current 971 generation Porsche Panamera is the latest model from the German marque to receive their always much anticipated, GTS treatment. For the 2019 model year, the second-gen Panamera is now a beneficiary of the badge – which actually stands for ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ – that has come to represent the pragmatist’s choice of Porsche automobile. The Panamera GTS is also now available in a long-roof wagon body style, dubbed the Sport Turismo. In totality, this is the vehicle I will be writing about – the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo.
Traditionally speaking, the GTS version of any Porsche has typified a “sport-plus” version of a mid-level trim within the model range, and the new Panamera remains loyal to this trend. What this means is that the Panamera GTS slots into its familiar position between the S and Turbo variants. Many – whether you want to call them enthusiasts, purists, or pragmatists – consider the GTS to really hit the sweet spot in terms of being the archetypal driver’s car, as far as Panameras are concerned…
So while this does mean that it doesn’t come with the most powerful engine in the lineup – the Turbo S predictably fills this space – the GTS’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine is no slouch and still very much capable of producing adrenaline pumping moments despite the Panamera’s relatively bulky frame. With an output of 453-horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque, the lively powerplant is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, complemented by a standard all-wheel drive configuration.
However, the GTS has always instilled the philosophy that power is just one element of something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Standard fare with the car includes an adaptive air suspension, retuned dampers, and stiffer anti-roll bars to make the GTS the most agile variant in the line up.
The Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo does not have its own unique power plant, but is the beneficiary of a detuned Panamera Turbo engine instead. The engine remains a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 which outputs 453-horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque in its GTS guise. While the Turbo’s less-restricted unit produces 550-horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque in comparison, the GTS’s performance figures are nothing to balk at. Quite far from it really, considering that the GTS Sport Turismo is capable of 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds; this is 0.3 seconds faster than the lower-tier 4S which produces 20 less horsepower.
Things can really get dialed to the nines using the launch-control software which comes as part of the standard Sport Chrono package – enabling it will allow 0-100 km/h sprints to easily break into the top of the 3 second range, while 0-60 mph should achievable in approximately 3.5 seconds.
453 horsepower twin-turbo V8, sport suspension, & wide array of equipment
Atlanta, Georgia. Porsche today announced the forthcoming addition of two sporty models to its Panamera range. The new Porsche Panamera GTS and Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo models add new breadth to the lineup for customers seeking a sportier driving experience positioned between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo variants.
A four-liter twin-turbo V8 engine generates a peak output of 453 horsepower from 6,000 to 6,500 RPM and peak torque of 457 lb.-ft. from 1,800 to 4,500 RPM. As compared to the previous Panamera GTS with a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8, the current engine offers an increase of 13 horsepower and an additional 73 lb.-ft. of torque.
The engine, which sends power to all four wheels through an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission via the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system, allows both the Porsche Panamera GTS and Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo models to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds. The former reaches a top track speed of 181 mph or 179 mph for the latter.
As is typical with any Porsche “GTS” model, the standard equipment list and chassis setup are oriented with enthusiastic driving in mind. The chassis now sits 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) lower than other Panamera models. The Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) dampers, which are included as part of the standard Air Suspension, are recalibrated for these models. Large brakes (390 millimeters in diameter at the front, 365 millimeters in diameter at the rear) provide exceptional stopping power.
Other standard equipment highlights include the Sport Chrono package, a Sport Exhaust system including tailpipes in black, the Sport Design package with black exterior elements, and black 20-inch Panamera Design wheels. Matching the aggressive exterior aesthetic, black Alcantara ® and anodized aluminum lend an athletic look to the interior.
A heated multifunction sport steering wheel in Alcantara trim and the Connect Plus module for a wide range of digital services are also standard. With the optional GTS Interior package, drivers can contrast elements of the interior including stitching, GTS logos, and the tachometer in either Carmine Red or Chalk.
In conjunction with the new model announcement, Porsche also announced that an optional head-up display with multiple configurations will become available for ordering on all models in the Panamera line-up.
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, optional assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, and optional rear-axle steering. The GTS also offers a highlight that is new to the entire Panamera range – the head-up display. The display can be configured by the driver and projects relevant information directly into their direct line of sight in color.
Even better for day-to-day driving: the first-ever Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
As is tradition at Porsche, GTS derives from Gran Turismo Sport and several historical Porsche models. Porsche’s first road-approved sports car, the 904 Carrera GTS, was launched in 1963. This was followed by the 924 GTS and 928 GTS models, which cultivated the concept throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2007, the GTS nomenclature celebrated its revival with the Carrera GTS. The first generation of the Panamera GTS followed in 2011. Now, the new Panamera GTS is available in both sedan and Sport Turismo body styles. With a large lift gate, low loading edge, increased cargo capacity, and 4+1 seating configuration, the new GTS variant is the perfect combination of everyday practicality and outstanding performance.
The new Panamera GTS models are available to order now. In the United States, the Panamera GTS carries a starting MSRP of $128,300; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available with a starting MSRP of $134,500. Both prices exclude $1,050 for delivery, processing, and handling and are expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2019.