What is it?
With all of the new model activity going on at Porsche these days it would be easy to look upon the new Porsche Panamera GTS as just another version of its big luxury liftback conceived to pad out its ever growing range in the search of greater profits prior to the arrival of a facelifted model later this year.
But to do so would be to ignore one thing: the Panamera GTS is, whisper it, quite special – by far the most engaging in what is now a significant seven strong line-up of Panamera models offered here in the UK.
What’s it like?
At the heart of the Panamera GTS is a powered up version of the naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 direct injection petrol engine found in the Panamera S. Through the adoption of an altered inlet manifold and other detailed internal modifications, the four-valve-per-cylinder unit gains 30bhp, taking power up to 424bhp. At the same time, torque climbs by 14lb ft to 383lb ft. The same engine is earmarked for the upcoming second generation Cayenne GTS due in the UK in September.
As with its lesser siblings, the Panamera GTS offers the choice between three different driving modes: standard, sport and sport plus. Each mode brings its own specific throttle and steering mapping as well as suspension and driver assistance function settings. The difference is that the this latest version of the range topping Porsche offers a greater spread of abilities– standard mode continues to offer up cosseting refinement but Sport Plus is more sporting than other Panamera models, giving it a more focused character.