New to the range is the GTS’ 4,0-litre twin-turbo V8

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brawny 404 kw Turbo, the GTS of­fers pow­er­ful per­for­mance from its 338 kw twin-turbo V8, along with the prom­ise of nim­ble han­dling thanks to a specif­i­cally tuned chas­sis, and a black-ac­cented styling pack­age echo­ing its dy­namic tal­ents.

The GTS takes the starter’s or­ders wear­ing model-spe­cific black-ac­cented trim in­clud­ing black Sport De­sign side skirts, side-win­dow strips in high-gloss black and front doors bear­ing GTS let­ter­ing. On the rear of the car, there’s black Sport De­sign lower trim and the Porsche logo and model name fea­ture the hall­mark colour, as do the two sets of tailpipes in the stan­dard sports ex­haust sys­tem. The LED tail­lamps also have a dark tint.

In­side, the GTS gets 18-way power-ad­justable sports seats with a mem­ory pack­age. The seats are trimmed in leather with Al­can­tara cen­tre pan­els (the door arm­rests, sun vi­sors, head­liner and pil­lars are also trimmed in this tac­tile ma­te­rial). Stan­dard equip­ment fur­ther­more in­cludes a heated mul­ti­func­tion sports steer­ing wheel, gearchange pad­dles and GTS lo­gos on the door en­try sills, rev counter and head re­straints.

New to the range is the GTS’ 4,0-litre twin-turbo V8 that trans­mits its 338 kw and 620 N.m of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch trans­mis­sion. The chas­sis has been revised and, along with adap­tive air springs with three-cham­ber tech­nol­ogy and a wide spring rate, the sus­pen­sion has been low­ered by 10 mm and the Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Management sys­tem has been given a sportier tune.

The GTS comes stan­dard with Porsche’s Sport Chrono Pack­age that in­cludes a ro­tary mode switch to shift be­tween four driv­ing modes (nor­mal, sport, sport plus and in­di­vid­ual) and a sport re­sponse but­ton lo­cated in the mid­dle of the mode switch. Press this and you get max­i­mum power po­ten­tial for 20 sec­onds, with more di­rect en­gine re­sponse and a more dy­namic shift­ing map for the eight-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

The first part of the launch held on the small is­land Emi­rate of Bahrain pro­vided lit­tle op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the GTS’ ath­letic abil­i­ties as rough roads and vig­i­lant law en­force­ment kept the as­sem­bled press

clock­wise from top left The beau­ti­fully con­structed cock­pit is fin­ished in Al­can­tara; 18-way ad­justable seats are stan­dard; black-ac­cented trim pack­age com­prises dark sills, win­dow strips in gloss black and dark­ened ex­haust out­lets (which let out a fruitier note).

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