Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Porsche Panamera GTS with AWD and 430HP

The new Porsche Panamera GTS made its world debut today in Los Angeles. The latest addition to the Panamera family, which slots between the S/4S and Turbo models, is based on the all-wheel drive 4S adding more power, upgraded brakes and chassis along with plenty of styling tweaks inside and out.
Power comes from a mildly tuned version of the naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine found in the S/4S that gains 30HP and 15 lb-ft pushing the total to 430-horses at 6,700 rpm and 384 lb. ft of peak torque.
The GTS comes fitted with the Sport Chrono package and Porsche's 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard. The combination enables the Panamera GTS to complete the 0-60 mph [96 km/h] in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 178mph [286 km/h].
To further improve handling, the Stuttgart firm's engineers added a lowered air suspension and the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Porsche says that with the suspension set at "Normal," the GTS sits an 10mm lower than any other Panamera model.
There are also five millimeter wheel spacers placed between the wheel and the wheel hubs that increase the rear axle track width, while the GTS rides on new 19-inch wheels shod in tires size 255/45 on the front and 285/40 on the rear axle. Optional 20-inch wheels are available with 255/40 tires on the front and 295/35 on the rear.
Other highlights include the Porsche Sound Symposer, which according to the company, "picks up the intake vibrations between the throttle valve and the air filter, transmitting them as engine sound via a membrane into the A-pillar".
On the outside, the Panamera GTS gains a new front bumper with larger air intake openings and a standard high-gloss black exterior package comprised of side window trim, decorative trim on the rear lid, the headlight washer unit cover, the rear diffuser and the side air outlet panels.
The same color also makes its appearance on the front fascia grills, black side skirts, black lower rear fascia the sport exhaust system’s matte black tailpipes.
The interior of the GTS is upgraded with leather and Alcantara trimmed sports seats in a choice of five colors, while Alcantara is also used on the door panels, console armrest, as well as the roofliner and the steering wheel.
There are also two bespoke optional interior packages for the Panamera GTS that combine a black interior with decorative stitching on the seats, foot mats, dashboard, door panels, center console armrest and doors, in Carmine Red or GT silver.


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