2011 LA Auto Show

LA 2011: The 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche has premiered the Panamera GTS at the LA Auto Show.

Perhaps we were guilty of jumping the gun in releasing preliminary details of the hotly-anticipated 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS, but such is our enthusiasm for the souped-up four-passenger sedan. Today we have the nuts and bolts of the GTS. Having discovered it was based on its Panamera S/4S sister model with a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 that delivers 30hp more resulting in 430hp, we can now also confirm it develops 384lb-ft of torque (an increase of 15lb-ft).

All four wheels are permanently sent power via the PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and combined with the Sport Chrono package, which features as standard, the GTS manages a top speed of 179mph and can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. The chassis of the GTS, with adaptive air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), has been designed with track racing in mind. Agility and stability have been improved accordingly with tauter damping, and 5mm thick wheel-spacers increases rear track width; the body has also been lowered by 10mm and sits on standard 19-inch alloys.

The distinctive red caliper brakes off the Turbo have been fitted on the GTS, and from a cosmetic perspective there are plenty of unique design features such as the black highlights, and the interior has a sporty feel with SportDesign steering wheel, bucket seats and exclusive GTS leather and Alcantara surfaces.

Set to be launched this February in Europe priced at 116,716 Euros, no confirmation has been made about its US launch date and price.

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