Porsche GTS un­leashed

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewen Kennedy

Porsche has added two highperformance mod­els to its new Panam­era range, the GTS and GTS Sport Turismo.

Both are pow­ered by a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine gen­er­at­ing 338kW of power and max­i­mum torque of 620Nm, get­ting them from zero to 100km/h in 4.1 sec­onds when used with the stan­dard Sport Chrono pack­age.

Power is trans­mit­ted to the Porsche Trac­tion Man­age­ment all­wheel drive sys­tem by the eight­speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.

Adap­tive air sus­pen­sion with three-cham­ber tech­nol­ogy is fit­ted as stan­dard. The sports chas­sis has been low­ered by 10mm.

Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment has been adapted for an even sportier cal­i­bra­tion. The GTS mod­els are equipped with 20-inch Panam­era De­sign wheels painted in black as stan­dard.

In­side are large brakes, 390mm in di­am­e­ter at the front and 365mm at the rear, which de­liver out­stand­ing de­cel­er­a­tion.

Vis­ually, the Sport De­sign pack­age boasts a new front apron in black, with black trims at the rear apron.

The in­te­rior fea­tures Al­can­tara on the seat cen­tres, door panel arm­rest and cen­tre con­sole.

The in­te­rior trims are fin­ished in an­odised alu­minium.

There is also a heated mul­ti­func­tion sports steer­ing wheel with gearshift pad­dles.

In­fo­tain­ment is by Con­nect Plus fea­tur­ing the LTE tele­phone mod­ule with SIM card reader, Ap­ple CarPlay and the Porsche Con­nect App.

A first for the Panam­era, headup dis­play of­fers many con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions

The GTS mod­els of­fer all the same in­no­va­tions as the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Panam­era range.

These in­clude the dig­i­tal Porsche Ad­vanced Cock­pit, as­sist sys­tems such as adap­tive cruise con­trol, sur­round view, com­fort ac­cess and the op­tional rear-axle steer­ing.

The new Panam­era GTS mod­els are avail­able to or­der now and are due to ar­rive in Aus­tralia in the first quar­ter of 2019.

The Panam­era GTS is avail­able from $364,100 and GTS Sport Turismo from $371,400 plus on-roads.

The Panam­era fea­tures a Sport De­sign pack­age with a num­ber of darker el­e­ments.

The Sport De­sign pack­age boasts new front and rear black sec­tions.

The GTS of­fers the same dig­i­tal as­sist sys­tems as the reg­u­lar Panam­era.

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