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Porsche Panamera GTS in the driving report: For racing drivers and commuters

Arturo Rivas
Porsche Panamera GTS in the driving report
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S enjoy saving in a different way - namely saving with emotional Side effect. The Porsche Panamera GTS has it, and it comes as standard. On the one hand, it saves valuable fuel with its smoothly functioning start-stop technology and, on the other hand, it also strikes the heartfelt chord. Because with every automated restart, the 4.8-liter eight-cylinder spreads a comfortably warm, large-area soundscape. A short scream, a dull V8 bite, and the direct injection V8, which is 30 hp and 20 Newton meters more powerful than the Porsche Panamera S, is literally with the music.

And that's just the acoustically moody Prelude to more driving fun overall, based on a far-reaching technical upgrade. Initially, there are two additional air filter boxes in the front of the Porsche Panamera GTS, the flap control of which switches to pull-through from 3,500 revolutions. This means that more air flows into the intake tract, which the modified camshafts with modified control times know how to implement for an optimized gas change.

Porsche Panamera GTS up to 7,100 tours

In the end, the whole thing fizzles out through a sports exhaust system with reduced counter pressure, which raises the hair on the back of the neck with its flap control that can be activated from the interior Dull and throaty, the V8, which is hungry on the gas, pounds its combustion cycles through the black tailpipes, splatters and babbles in overrun like a diva-like sports engine. Nevertheless, it spontaneously accelerates in every speed position and greedily winds its way up to the maximum of 7,100 revolutions - 400 laps later than in the Porsche Panamera S.

At the latest then one ratio flows into the next in the standard dual clutch transmission. Meanwhile, the adaptive air suspension lurks for the next bend, the body of the Porsche Panamera GTS, accented with black window frames, crouches ten millimeters lower against the road. The smooth, precise steering suggests something between 1.4 and 1.6 tons instead of 1.9 tons. The Porsche Panamera GTS turns lightly, and the optional active stabilizers (PDCC) reduce the roll tendency to a minimum.

The rear spoiler moves automatically off

gas! Slip? What! The Porsche Panamera GTS has all-wheel drive, is also on the 19-inch turbo wheels and shares the braking system and the top modelaerodynamic aids, i.e. the front apron and the adaptive, electrically extending rear spoiler. Not only this ensures that the GTS stubbornly stays in lane even at high speeds. The adaptive chassis also strives for a well-maintained long-distance comfort.

However, the lower the speeds, the drier short bumps arrive for the four-person crew of the Porsche Panamera GTS. Anyone who tightens the spring and damper rates even further at the push of a button is either a tough guy or has just bought a ticket for the fast lap on the racetrack. Because the Porsche Panamera GTS, which is a good 17,000 euros more expensive than the S, should feel particularly at home there.

The GTS can also

In any case, the interior is optimally equipped for excursions into the world of maximum lateral dynamics. With narrow, comfortable, in any case very well contoured 18-way sports seats, which, like the armrests and the headliner, are covered with fine Alcantara. The Sport Chrono Package is also on board ex works. This enables the accelerator pedal recognition and the gearshift strategy to be sharpened or the small cockpit display next to the rev counter to show how things are going with the lap times and lateral acceleration . The Porsche Panamera GTS can also be cared for, properly combed for everyday use. Then a gentle, bass-heavy V8 foundation remains. Or there is also a subtle intake beat, which the sound composer, active in sport mode, projects into the interior via the A-pillar.

Let's get back from the 116,716 euros of sound and driving emotions to objectivity: With a specified standard consumption The Porsche Panamera GTS, which is over 100 kilograms heavier, slightly faster and much more powerful, is 10.9 liters per 100 kilometers and is four tenths above the S. What does that have to do with real savings? Like the Turbo, the GTS does not have an 80 liter but a 100 liter tank. That at least saves fuel stops ...


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