The Panamera GTS Sport Turismo costs only $6,900 more than the sedan variant in base trim. With the same powertrain and better practicality, this performance wagon may just be the most significant direct threat to the Panamera GTS sedan. The extra boot space, up to 49 cubic feet, with the rear seats folded down, makes the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo perfectly suited for a weekend trip to the shopping mall.
The Panamera Hybrid models have their strengths, but there is still nothing quite like the visceral experience behind the wheel of a high-performance vehicle with a formidable internal combustion engine, a formidable unit like the V8 found in the Panamera GTS (short for 'Gran Turismo Sport). It plays a significant role in portraying the character of the sports sedan as a lively performance and yet, family-friendly vehicle.
The Panamera GTS was more like a detuned Turbo than an upgraded 4S. Its outside look was on a par with the Panamera Turbo, with large air intakes on the front and standard front section from the SportDesign package, that emphasized the sporty dynamics. On the front, the bi-xenon headlights had black inner bezels and featured four LED daytime running lights. In the rear, there was the same adaptive spoiler that deployed at speeds above 205 kph (121 mph).
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. 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.
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.
More power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by ten millimetres and the especially sportily tuned chassis with air suspension and PASM are the major technical modifications that make it the Panamera model capable of cutting it on the racing circuit – without sacrificing practicality. The power unit in the new Panamera GTS is a modified 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 434 hp (316 kW) at 6,700 rpm, while maximum torque also increased from 500 Nm to 520 Nm.