Porsche has announced the introduction of the Panamera GTS, and the normally-aspirated
4.8 litre V8 that this one wears has 30 PS and 20 Nm more torque compared to the Panamera S and 4S, in this case 430 PS at 6,700 rpm and 520 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Performance figures for the 1,920 kg GTS, equipped with a seven-speed PDK gearbox, are a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 secs and a 288 km/h top speed.

The car gets distinctive exterior cues inspired by the Turbo – it features the standard front section of the Sport-Design package of the Panamera Turbo, as well as the adaptive four-way rear spoiler from the latter.

It’s also characterised by numerous black exterior styling details – for starters, there’s a high-gloss black exterior package comprised of side window trim, the decorative trim on the rear lid, the headlight washer unit cover, the rear diffuser and the side air outlet panels. Add in black side skirts and matte black tailpipes of the sports exhaust system and it’s a pretty comprehensive blackening process.

A further point of differentiation comes in the form of the Bi-Xenon headlights with black inner bezels. These feature four LED daytime running lights each, and like the Turbo’s, are located in the main headlight. The car also gets an optional Carmine Red shade, available exclusively for it.

Inside, the black interior gets decorative stitching in Carmine Red or GT Silver on the foot mats, top of the dashboard, upper edge of the door, armrest, door trim and centre console, the door closing handle as well as with the seat stitching. And to ensure you know which Panamera you’re driving, the stainless steel front door entry guards feature ‘Panamera GTS’ lettering, and GTS lettering is also shown on the instrument cluster and on the embroidered headrests.

The equipment list includes Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) – in tandem with the electronically-controlled rear axle differential lock and PTV Plus – and adaptive air suspension combined with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The Panamera GTS sits 10 mm lower than the other models in the Panamera range, and its damping is designed to be tauter. Elsewhere, the car wears 19-inch Panamera Turbo wheels, 5 mm rear wheel spacers and larger brake discs from the Turbo, recognisable by their red brake callipers.

The standard sports exhaust system comes with larger pipe diameters to reduce back pressure, and features two tuning flaps which expose additional exhaust openings, thereby emitting an even more powerful sound. The flaps are controlled by means of a switch in the centre console, which features a “last mode” function that remembers the last setting and restores it when the engine is started.

Elsewhere, there’s also the Sound Symposer, which directs intake noise into the interior at the push of a button. This is achieved by an acoustic channel picking up the intake vibrations between the throttle valve and air filter – the acoustic channel incorporates a membrane that transmits the vibrations as an engine sound into the A-pillar. A controllable valve located in front of the membrane enables the Sound Symposer to be activated or deactivated by means of the Sport button.