Porsche unveils 2013 Panamera GTS

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Porsche recently announced a new version of its Panamera sedan called the Panamera GTS. Based on the 4S all-wheel-drive version of the Panamera, the GTS is defined by black side skirts, black window trim, black tailpipes, black inner bezels in the headlights and a black lower rear fascia. The GTS is available exclusively in Carmine Red paint which strikes a bold contrast to the black accenting.

Power for the 2013 Panamera GTS comes from a 4.8-litre V8 engine that generates 430 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission routes the immense power to all four of the GTS' 19-inch wheels.

With its V8 engine, PDK transmission and all-wheel-drive system, the Panamera GTS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 288 km/h. A four-way adaptive rear spoiler provides downforce at high speed and is sourced from the Panamera Turbo. Helping to reign in the all of that speed are optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) with distinctive yellow brake calipers.

The Panamera GTS comes with an adaptive air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which help ensure road compliance by regulating leveling settings and adjusting the spring rate and damping system. A standard Sport Chrono package offers three different driving modes including Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. While Normal mode is self-explanatory, Sport and Sport Plus significantly change the character of the Panamera GTS. In Sport Plus mode for example, the adaptive suspension is lowered and defaults to a firmer spring rate, and the gear-shift and throttle response settings are enhanced for sportier driving.

The driving dynamics of the Panamera GTS are further improved by the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which is claimed to prevent body roll. The system makes use of active stabilizers on both the front and rear axle as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which adjusts torque output to the rear wheels.

Inside, the Panamera GTS features a SportDesign steering wheel with paddle shifters, and 18-way sport seats with Alcantara fabric inserts. Alcantara is also used on the door armrests, front centre console armrests and the headliner.

After being displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2013 Panamera GTS will be available in the spring of 2012 at a base manufacturer suggested retail price of $125,400.

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Topics: Sport Sedan, Porsche, 2013, Panamera GTS, $99,999+,

Organizations: Porsche

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