A space filler between the standard Panamera and the Panamera Turbo

The 2019 Porsche Panamera and the Panamera Sports Turismo get some extra pizzazz with both being offered with a GTS badge. This is not the first time Porsche has used the GTS moniker on its cars; the second-generation Panamera and the Panamera Sport Turismo have gotten the same treatment and have been quite successful. The GTS versions have always been a good bang for the buck, as you get performance specs and features that are optional on other models, without actually costing a bomb.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Exterior

  • New Black Accents
  • GTS Branding
  • Lowered Suspension (10 mm)
  • 20-inch Wheels Standard
  • Large Brakes
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When compared to the regular Panamera, the GTS version’s side skirts and the faux skid plates at the front and the rear get more black treatment, which is synonymous with sportiness.

GTS branding is found on the doors and the bootlid, thus differentiating it from the standard Panamera.

Apart from this, the car rides on 20-inch Panamera design wheels that are offered as standard. Adaptive Air suspension is standard, and it also sits 10 mm closer to the ground. However, being a car that will be treated in a slightly tougher manner, the chassis and the suspension have been tweaked for better handling, especially on the corners. It even gets larger brakes - 390 mm in the front and 365 mm in the rear, to keep the car under control for people who like to burn more rubber on the tarmac.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS exterior dimensions

Wheelbase 116.14 inches
Lenght 198.93 inches
Width 76.25 inches
Height 55.98

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Interior

  • Extra doses of black Alcantara
  • GTS badging
  • Updated Digital Cockpit
  • New Head-Up Display
  • Extra Seat Bolstering of Standard Model
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Coming to the interior, the GTS is exactly the same as the regular Panamera, albeit with a few add-ons to give it the premium feel. There is GTS branding all around the cabin.

Just like the outside, even the inside gets a lot of black Alacantara and aluminum accents.

The highlight is the digital cockpit and a new heads-up display that can be configured in different colors. The tachometer gets a fiery red look that will look apt when you’ll be red-lining the car. It’s important to note, however, that this is the first time the Panamera gets a head-up display. You can customize the GTS with contrast colors for stitching and the GTS logos in the cabin. The seats get extra bolstering to make sure you don’t slide out when ripping the corners hard.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Drivetrain

  • 4.0-liter, Twin-Turbo, V-8
  • 453 horsepower
  • 457 LB-FT Torque
  • 13 Ponies more than Panamera S
  • 0-62 mph in 3.9 Seconds
  • 182 MPH Top Speed
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This is where the GTS really differentiates and distances itself from the regular Panamera. The GTS is slotted between the base trim and top-spec Turbo. Previously, the Panamera came with a 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine that churned 440 horses.

But this time there is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that develops 453 horses and 457 pound-feet of torque.

It paired to an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission system. This is 13 horses more than the Panamera S, but almost a 100 ponies less than the Panamera Turbo. As for the speed runs, both the GTS trims can sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. The Sports Turismo tops out at 180 mph, and the saloon GTS at 182 mph.

Porsche is known to spoil customers with a host of packages to choose from, and the same tradition continues here as well. Available options include a Sport Chrono package, sport exhaust system, and the Sport Design package.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Specifications

Engine layout Front-engine
Design and cylinders Twin-turbocharged V8
Bore 86
Stroke 86
Displacement 4.0 l
Max. power 453 hp
at rpm 6,000-6,500 rpm
Max. torque 453 lb-ft
at rpm 1,800 - 4,500 rpm
Compression ratio 10,1:1
Max. engine speed 6,800 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio 9.9 lb/hp
Max. power per liter 113.3 hp/l
Top track speed 181 mph
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 3.9 s
1/4 mile 12.4 s

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Prices

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The car will reach the dealerships only in the second-half of 2019. The price for the Panamera GTS starts at $128,300, and is $6,200 cheaper than the Gran Turismo. While it may seem quite steep when compared to the standard Panamera, the features and specs offered for the extra price seem worth it.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Competition

Mercedes-AMG GT

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Maximum top speed: 195 mph

The Mercedes-AMG GT is nothing short of a looker. Just like its big brother, the GT R, this car comes with the Panamericana grille and tear-drop headlight to give it an aggressive face that could intimidate even the much larger SUVs. On the inside, it’s a typical Mercedes; no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get offended.

In terms of performance, The GT is almost equally spec’d as the Panamera GTS. It is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that generates 469 horses and 465 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to AMG’s Shiftspeed dual-clutch transmission. AMG GT takes 3.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph, before hitting a maximum top speed of 189 mph. The prices start around $113,500. If you’re in the market, you’ll be in a soup as to which car to go for.

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS

2018 Maserati Levante GTS
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The Quattroporte has been around for a while now, and it still looks fresh. The exquisite, royal styling has made it an evergreen car. Interior-wise, it reeks of quality and has great fit and finesse all around. But this is where it kind of all ends.

With Ferrari DNA running in its blood, this Maserati never had to establish and work hard ever. Perhaps, that is why it has the talent, but not the will to succeed and run fast; quite literally. The Maserati Quattroporte GTS is powered by a 3.8-liter, V-8 engine that produces 523 horses and 534 pound-feet of torque.

Despite such figures on paper, the car is a slouch when compared to the Panamera GTS and the Mercedes-AMG GT. It takes 4.6-seconds to touch 62 mph from a standstill, before topping out at 190 mph. The car is also priced much higher than its rivals listed here; starting at $137,980. Unless you’re a Maserati fanboy, or take a heart-over-head decision, the Quattroporte GTS should be your last pick.

Read our full review on the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte GTS


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The Panamera GTS is not a new name and has proven its mettle in the past as well. The 2019 model comes with a host of new features in and out. Feature-list is rich and loaded to the brim for the price it commands. There are, however, competitors in the ballpark that provide you much better cars. Keep a flexibility of 10-percent of the price, and you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from. No, I’m not saying the price is not competitive, or the Panamera GTS is a compromise in any way; it’s just that the competition is so high that you can’t help but look elsewhere before making a call. The initial impressions are very positive, and we’ll have to wait to see if Porsche can convert this into sales figures. What are your thoughts on the Porsche GTS? Share them with us in the comments section below.

  • Leave it
    • No Unique Selling Proposition per se; on par with competition.
    • Mercedes-AMG GT performs the same, has better interiors, and is priced lower.
    • Mutliple models and package options of essentially the same car leads to major over-lapping.

Further Reading

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo.

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Panamera.

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS.

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Porsche today announced the forthcoming addition of two sporty models to its Panamera range. The new Porsche Panamera GTS and Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo models add new breadth to the lineup for customers seeking a sportier driving experience positioned between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo variants.

A four-liter twin-turbo V8 engine generates peak output of 453 horsepower from 6,000 to 6,500 RPM and peak torque of 457 lb.-ft. from 1,800 to 4,500 RPM. As compared to the previous Panamera GTS with a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8, the current engine offers an increase of 13 horsepower and an additional 73 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine, which sends power to all four wheels through an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission via the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system, allows both the Porsche Panamera GTS and Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo models to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds. The former reaches a top track speed of 181 mph, or 179 mph for the latter.

As is typical with any Porsche "GTS" model, the standard equipment list and chassis setup are oriented with enthusiastic driving in mind. The chassis now sits 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) lower than other Panamera models. The Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) dampers, which are included as part of the standard Air Suspension, are recalibrated for these models. Large brakes (390 millimeters in diameter at the front, 365 millimeters in diameter at the rear) provide exceptional stopping power.

Other standard equipment highlights include the Sport Chrono package, a Sport Exhaust system including tailpipes in black, the Sport Design package with black exterior elements, and black 20-inch Panamera Design wheels. Matching the aggressive exterior aesthetic, black Alcantara® and anodized aluminum lends an athletic look to the interior. A heated multifunction sport steering wheel in Alcantara trim and the Connect Plus module for a wide range of digital services are also standard. With the optional GTS Interior package, drivers can contrast elements of the interior including stitching, GTS logos, and the tachometer in either Carmine Red or Chalk. In conjunction with the new model announcement, Porsche also announced that an optional head-up display with multiple configurations will become available for ordering on all models in the Panamera line-up.

A first for the Panamera: head-up display with many configuration options

The GTS models offer all the same innovations as the second-generation Panamera range. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, optional assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, and optional rear axle steering. The GTS also offers a highlight that is new to the entire Panamera range - the head-up display. The display can be configured by the driver and projects relevant information directly into their direct line of sight in color.

Even better for day-to-day driving: the first ever Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

As is tradition at Porsche, GTS derives from Gran Turismo Sport and several historical Porsche models. Porsche’s first road-approved sports car, the 904 Carrera GTS, was launched in 1963. This was followed by the 924 GTS and 928 GTS models, which cultivated the concept throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 2007, the GTS nomenclature celebrated its revival with the Carrera GTS. The first generation of the Panamera GTS followed in 2011. Now, the new Panamera GTS is available in both sedan and Sport Turismo body styles. With a large lift gate, low loading edge, increased cargo capacity, and 4+1 seating configuration, the new GTS variant is the perfect combination of everyday practicality and outstanding performance.

The new Panamera GTS models are available to order now. In the United States, the Panamera GTS carries a starting MSRP of $128,300; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available with a starting MSRP of $134,500. Both prices exclude $1,050 for delivery, processing and handling and are expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2019.

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