With more grunt, more style, and more equipment, the GTS versions bridge the gap between the entry-level S and top-end Turbo variants.
Porsche has enthused the new Panamera and Panemera Sport Turismo by launching the GTS versions of both the cars. Sitting between the entry-level S and hardcore Turbo variants, the GTS derivative of the Porsche’s sports saloon and estate car will bring the best of both worlds for their buyers.
Powering the newly launched GTS versions is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 motor that replaces the old models’ 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8. Power and torque though are up by 20bhp and 100Nm to 453bhp and 620Nm. Power transmission duties are carried out by an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, which sends the drive to all four wheels.
Performance is quite staggering by any family car standards, with both the models taking just 4.1 seconds to clock 0-100km/h. Top speed is 292km/h for the Panamera GTS and 289km/h for the Panamera Sport Turismo GTS.
Chassis modifications include adaptive air suspension fitted as standard, while the ride height is lowered by 10 millimeters. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function is available as usual, but it has been tweaked for an even sportier calibration, claims Porsche.
To tell these new GTS versions from their regular counterparts, they get some visual upgrades such as black highlights on the body along with 20-inch blacked out wheels. The interior also gets black Alcantara and anodized aluminium finish at places. Owners can also opt for some GTS-specific extras such as a rev counter, designer seams and GTS logos in Carmine Red or Crayon – whatever that shade happens to be.
There’s no news if the GTS versions of the Panamera or Sport Turismo will come to India. But, if Porsche decides to bring them here, expect them to cost anywhere between Rs 1.5 – 2 crore (ex-showroom) in India.