A world reveal in Los Angeles, the 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS takes the already pretty-super sport sedan into new performance territory while retaining all of the car's practical characteristics. Based on the Panamera S4, this new variant follows the standard GTS formula, gaining more go power, more stopping power, a tighter, lower suspension and tasteful modifications to its exterior and interior.
Heart of the 2012 Panamera GTS is a modified version of the S4's 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8, delivering 430 hp, a 30-pony bump. Improved intake and exhaust systems coupled with a tweaked electronic control unit also help raise peak torque from 369 to 384 lb-ft. Backed by button-shifted seven-speed Porsche PDK transmission and abetted by a standard Sport Chrono package, that muscle heads to all four wheels interruption-free during gear changes, a feature that lets the new Panamera GTS run 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and ultimately reach a top speed 178 mph.
To further enhance the experience, the Panamera GTS also comes with the Porsche Sound Symposer. This driver-selectable aural exciter is an acoustic channel that picks up the intake vibrations between the throttle valve and the air filter and then transmits them as engine sound via a membrane into the car's A-pillar.
To cope with the extra muscle, the more tautly tuned chassis in the Panamera GTS is enhanced by the latest Porsche dynamic driving dynamic control systems highlighted by an adaptive air suspension that includes the trick Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system that constantly optimizes damping with spring rates, leveling and ride height to give a driver the most control. Even when the suspension is set in "Normal" mode, the new GTS sits nearly half an inch (10mm) lower than any of its Panamera kin.
Other highlights of the GTS mix are Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) paired with an electronically controlled rear axle differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), a feature that selectively transfers torque to each rear wheel as needed using an electronically controlled differential lock. The base GTS wheel/tire package matches 19-inch alloys with 255/45 front rubber with 285/40s on the rear, but the optional 20-inch upgrade fits 255/40 and 295/35 alternatives. Culled from the Panamera Turbo, the standard stoppers on the new GTS feature upsized front rotors. Like other Panamera models, the GTS also can be had with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).
Visual changes to the exterior of the Panamera GTS include the more aero-friendly SportDesign front fascia package, an adaptively deploying four-way rear spoiler from the Panamera Turbo, bi-xenon headlamps with black bezel trim and various gloss-black accents. Inside, the Panamera GTS features adaptive sports seats, a SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles and an exclusive GTS interior that matches leather with Alcantara seating surfaces.