Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

The new 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS 4-door sports car

Porsche has added a number of bells and whistles to an already very strong 4-door Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo to bring the world the zippier 2012 Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo Sport, even higher-performance, sportier version.

Power has been boosted from the 300 hp of the Panamera base version's 3.6L V6 to a distinctly gutsy 430 hp, generated by a 4.8L naturally aspirated V8. This tops the Panamera GTS's sister models, the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, by 30 hp, which will be handy if you ever happen to pull up alongside one at a stoplight. Ha, ha, you shall chortle as you leave them in the dust. Max torque is upped to 520 Nm from 500 Nm.

Porsche has lowered the body by a centimeter and added an "especially sportily tuned chassis with air suspension and PASM", which should presumably lead to tighter cornering. Cosmetic tweaks have been applied both hither, thither and yon on the exterior, including black highlights for that "I know I'm just schlepping the kids to the ex-wife and her irritatingly vegan socio-anthropologist boyfriend, but I'm doing it with attitude" feeling.

Porsche claims 0-100 km / h is accomplished in less than 4.5 seconds, which seems perfectly reasonable. And fuel efficiency, for a car of that size, weight and power, is acceptable at 10.9 l / 100 km, which translates into 21.5 mpg, about the same as a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup if you're comparison shopping Porsche Panamera GTS .