Porsche’s Panamera lineup is fairly stacked. There are eight totally different powertrain configurations unfold throughout the three physique types — common sedan, long-wheelbase Government and Sport Turismo wagon — for a complete of 21 fashions. However in the event you’re out there for a Panamera, or actually any giant luxurious sport sedan of its caliber, I am right here to make your determination simple: Simply purchase a Panamera GTS, as a result of it is phenomenal.
- Unbelievable V8 engine
- Phase-leading dynamics
- Nonetheless appears nice.
Do not Like
- Will get dear with choices.
- Boring base-spec inside
The GTS makes use of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 473 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, a rise of 20 hp over final 12 months’s mannequin, and Porsche tuned the engine to ship energy in a extra linear vogue, like what you’d anticipate from a naturally aspirated setup. It is paired with Porsche’s phenomenal eight-speed PDK computerized transmission and an all-wheel drive. All of the Panamera fashions under the GTS use V6 engines, so the GTS is the most cost effective solution to get a V8, slotting underneath.
Your entire Panamera vary obtained athat introduced tweaked gentle designs and totally different bumpers, extra normal options like wi-fi and keyless entry, and . The GTS will get clear taillights as normal, which look superior with the brand new full-width lightbar design. My check automobile is completed within the spectacular Mamba Inexperienced Metallic, which is price each cent of its $840 price, and goes effectively with the GTS’ blacked-out exterior trim and badges.
I want the inside had been extra attention-grabbing, although. This Panamera has the GTS’ normal mixture of all-black leather-based and Race-Tex suede, with darkish wood-like aluminum trim accents. A full leather-based inside is a no-cost choice (and you may even get it in a pleasant purplish maroon), which might do wonders for making the Panamera’s cabin look extra attention-grabbing. I do love the redesigned steering wheel with a full suede rim that is the right thickness, and the GTS comes normal with unbelievable 18-way adaptive sports activities seats which might be supportive and cozy, even on lengthy drives.
That boring inside does not matter as soon as I get the Panamera out on the highway, although. I head up California’s superb Freeway 33 north of Ojai, a route that consists of twisting mountain roads with hairpins and large elevation modifications and stretches of desert straightaways with lengthy sweepers. The GTS’ engine offers the right quantity of energy and response, with a great deal of torque out there at a second’s discover all the best way as much as the 6,800-rpm redline. The PDK transmission snaps off fast shifts with out drama, and I can energy out of corners with my foot to the ground with out reaching extralegal speeds. Yeah, it is a fast automobile — Porsche quotes a 3.7-second 0-to-60-mph time — nevertheless it by no means feels an excessive amount of for the road. The V8 sounds superior by means of the usual sport exhaust system, with a pleasant burble at idle that builds to a throaty roar.
My Panamera check automobile is fitted with a couple of must-have choices that increase the GTS’ already nice dynamics. The $2,160 21-inch wheels wrapped in glorious Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are a measurement up from the GTS’ base wheels, and so they look unbelievable with out compromising trip high quality. Each Panamera GTS has an adaptive air suspension with a barely lowered trip peak, however my automobile has the $5,010 Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management that provides torque vectoring and a 48-volt energetic anti-roll bar system. Most essential is the $1,650 rear-axle steering system, which improves agility within the corners and makes the Panamera method simpler to drive within the metropolis. I would by no means purchase one with out it.
The Panamera GTS is a marvel within the corners. The steering is completely weighted with extra suggestions than any of its opponents, and it feels much more athletic than any sedan weighing round 4,600 kilos ought to. The chassis soaks up bumps and dangerous highway surfaces even with the suspension within the sportiest mode, and with the assistance of the non-compulsory torque vectoring system the Panamera is all the time sure-footed with tons of grip whereas nonetheless permitting for a little bit of slip and enjoyable within the corners. I do know it is a cliche to say this a couple of non-911 Porsche, however the Panamera GTS actually does drive like a sports activities automobile.
The one efficiency merchandise on my Panamera’s choices checklist that is not price it are the carbon-ceramic brakes. Certain, they supply immense stopping energy, however on the road you are by no means gonna want it. Plus, they price a whopping $8,970. The GTS’ normal metal brakes are nonetheless enormous and are greater than adequate.
With a beginning value of $130,650 (together with $1,350 for vacation spot) the GTS is $48,400 cheaper than the Turbo S, which makes use of the identical V8 tuned to 620 hp and 604 lb.-ft. The Turbo S is undeniably a unbelievable machine, nevertheless it’s overkill within the majority of conditions. With its concentrate on general efficiency as an alternative of outright pace, GTS is extra usable daily than the Turbo S. And whereas it is pricier and fewer highly effective than aor a , I feel it is higher to drive than each.
The one different choices on my Panamera are $740 soft-close doorways, a $1,600 Bose surround-sound system and $1,060 for blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping help. It rings in at $152,680, nonetheless $26,370 lower than a Turbo S. In my eyes there’s just one different competitor that basically poses an issue for the Panamera GTS sedan, and it is also from Porsche’s personal lineup: the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo wagon, which solely prices $6,200 extra. Now that is a no brainer.