2012 Porsche Panamera GTS comes with a lot of improvements: better efficiency, more power, nice sound and lowered air suspension as standard.

The new Panamera GTS is powered by a 4.8 liter naturally-aspirated V8 with 430PS (316 kW) at 6700RPM and 520Nm (385 lb-ft) at 3500RPM. This is an improvement of 30PS and 20Nm over the previous version. The power is put on the road by 7-speed Porsche PDK gearbox through AWD system. 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 288 km/h (179 mph). Furthermore, the engine returns 25.9 mpg with CO2 emissions of 256 g/km. Really amazing figures for such heavy car – 1920kg – kerbweight.

An interesting feature is the Sound Symposer, which can be activated or deactivated by means of the Sport button. It directs intake noise into the interior by an acoustic channel picking up the intake vibrations between the throttle valve and air filter.

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

The Panamera GTS comes with a tuned chassis boasting performance-oriented options fitted as standard. For example, adaptive air suspension combined with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) increases both comfort and driving dynamics by adjusting the spring rate and electrically adjusting the damping system, combined with a self-levelling height adjustment function.

With the air suspension at its normal level the Panamera GTS sits 10 mm lower than the other models in the Panamera range and its damping is designed to be tauter, reinforcing the sporting personality. Dynamic performance is further enhanced by the combination of 19" diameter Panamera Turbo wheels, 5 mm rear wheel spacers and larger brake discs from the Turbo – recognisable by their red brake callipers.

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

The four-door coupe also comes with the Sport Chrono package as standard, which includes Sport Plus programme. In the ultimate Sport Plus mode, the adaptive air suspension lowers the vehicle to the low setting and switches to a harder spring rate. The rear spoiler angle of attack also changes to the performance-oriented setting.

The exterior is inspired by Panamera Turbo. It boasts black exterior package including dark side window trim, decorative trim on the rear lid, the headlight washer unit cover, the rear diffuser and the side air outlet panels. In combination with the black side skirts, the tail end and the matt black tailpipes of the sports exhaust system the result is clear-cut and striking.

There are also Bi-Xenon headlights with black inner bezels. The optional body colour of Carmine Red, available exclusively for the Panamera GTS, emphasises the overall sportiness of the model and provides an ideal contrast with the black exterior accessories.

The interior of the new Panamera GTS can be styled according to customer's taste. There are leather and Alcantara – with a choice of five interior colours. The centre panels of the adaptive 18-way adjustable sports seats, the upper sections of the door armrests and front centre console armrest and roof lining are in Alcantara.

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS Interior

The display on the right hand side of the instrument cluster – and on the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system – relays information  regarding the instantaneous acceleration, thereby reflecting the potential of the driving performance of the Panamera GTS.

The standard equipment includes front and rear ParkAssist, Porsche Communication Management with touch-screen satellite navigation and audio controls, cruise control and a 3-year warranty.

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS will be on sale in the UK from February 2012. The price tag is £90 409.

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Source: Porsche