A mid-range wagon with extra sporting intentions

First introduced for the 2010 model year, the Porsche Panamera is now well-established as Stuttgart’s go-to four-door ‘Bahn burner. Following the introduction of a second generation in 2016, Porsche is now broadening the range with a fresh new mid-grade model, bridging the gap between the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. As before, the latest Panamera GTS looks to combine a sporty attitude with the luxury and utility of a four-door body style, offering both weekend thrills and daily-driving comfort. As such, the 2019 model year brings with it a more powerful turbocharged engine, fresh interior tech, and new standard features.

  • 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    453 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    457 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    179 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.3/10

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Exterior Styling

  • Long-roof wagon body style
  • Black trim pieces from front to back
  • 20-inch wheels as standard
  • Traditional 911-esque styling
  • Quad-tip Sport Exhaust as standard
  • Extra black trim offered as an option
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Exterior
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Anyone familiar with the Panamera will instantly recognize the new GTS Sport Turismo.

However, this latest model differentiates itself from the standard Panamera GTS thanks to a wagon-esque body style, as compared to the “sedan” body style of the non-Sport Turismo Panamera GTS. Essentially, that means the Sport Turismo receives a large rear hatch section for easier loading and unloading, which makes it a somewhat better choice if you’re looking to actually use all that space in the rear.

That said, the GTS Sport Turismo does look quite similar in several respects compared to the standard Panamera GTS. Up front, we find the traditional Porsche-styled nose, with a broad, flat-brimmed fascia that stretches wide between the wheel arches and neatly hugs the pavement. The intake grille is finished in a flat-black frame, with side-mounted fog lights and horizontal daytime running lights. The headlights are teardrop-shaped units that stretch back into the car’s flanks, offering up forward illumination with a quartet of lighting elements. Sinewy muscle lines are added along the hood line, enhancing the car’s powerful look and leading the eye rearwards.

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Moving around to the sides, the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo reveals its wagon-esque character thanks to an extended roofline.

Character creases can be found at the shoulder line and along the lower side sills, rising towards the rear fender arches and adding a visual rake to the car’s stance. Faux vents are placed behind the front wheels, and additional black cladding is added along the lower edges of the vehicle, from front to back. The window surrounds are black as well, while the side view mirrors utilize extra turn signal lighting towards their outer edges. The GTS Sport Turismo also comes with 20-inch Panamera Design rollers as standard, finished in black and filling the wheel wells with a dash of sporty aggression.

Viewed from the rear, the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo’s rounded shape is on full display. The car’s natural width is visually enhanced by the 911-esque taillights, which stretch from fender to fender in a thin, dark grey housing. The roofline terminates in a black spoiler element added just above the hatch glass, while the lower bumper is finished in flat black, giving it a diffuser-like appearance. A Sport Exhaust System is added as standard, and comes with a quartet of black tailpipe finishers.

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It’s also worth noting that the entirety of the Sport Design package is standard, tossing in a slew of black exterior trim elements throughout.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo exterior dimensions

Wheelbase 116.14 inches
Length 198.93 inches
Width 76.25 inches
Height 55.98

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Interior Design

  • Cabin design mates form and function
  • Seats five passengers in a 4+1 configuration
  • Alcantara, carbon fiber, and anodized aluminum
  • New color heads-up display
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Optional driver assists
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Interior
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As previously mentioned, the Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo seeks to combine the fun of a pure-bred sports car with the street manners of a daily driver.

As such, it follows in a similar tradition as other GT cars from Porsche’s past, such as the 904 Carrera GTS and 924 GTS.

That said, this more modern vehicle offers quite a bit more luxury and practicality than those previous GTS models. For example, inside you’ll find spots for up to five passengers, with a 4+1 seating configuration and cabin layout. The Panamera GTS Sport Turismo also offers more rear cargo room compared to the standard Panamera GTS.

On the luxury front, you’ll find black Alcantara upholstery to match the black trim bits outside, plus a dash of anodized aluminum trim as well. A heated multifunction sport steering wheel keeps the driver’s hands comfortable, and like the seat upholstery, comes covered in Alcantara. Carbon trim adds an extra splash of fiber-flavored tastiness throughout.

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A max of three passengers can squeeze onto the rear bench - in a pinch.

As for infotainment goodies, the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo comes with something dubbed the Connect Plus module, which offers a “wide range of digital services,” and comes as standard equipment. There’s also an optional heads-up display (HUD) on offer, which gets a variety of display modes to suit your needs. This HUD is a first for the Panamera model line, and will project pertinent information onto the windscreen, just underneath the driver’s direct line of sight, reducing eye fatigue and providing a quick reference while on the move. Information is projected in a full color display, as well.

What’s more, the latest GTS model includes all the same stuff as the second-generation Panamera, which was released in 2016 for the 2017 model year. As such, it gets the Porsche Advanced Cockpit system, which is basically a digital gauge cluster setup, as well as the option for driver assist systems like Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control.

Finally, the GTS Interior package is optional, tossing in extras like contrast stitching, additional GTS logos, and a new tachometer face finished in either Chalk or Carmine Red.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Drivetrain And Performance

  • New turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
  • 453 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque
  • AWD, eight-speed transmission
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds
  • Top speed of 179 mph
  • Adaptive air suspension setup
  • 15.6-inch front brake discs
  • Sport Chrono Package as standard
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Drivetrain
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The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo certainly looks the part of a rampaging sports machine, but it would all be for naught if it didn’t have the ponies to back it.

To that end, Porsche decided to stuff the newest GTS with a 4.0-liter V-8, which gets force fed by a pair of turbochargers to produce upwards of 453 horsepower between 6,000 rpm and 6,500 rpm, as well as 457 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 4,500 rpm.

That’s not too shabby for a model that weighs around 4,000 pounds (give or take), and compared to the naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V-8 we saw in the previous Panamera GTS model, the new GTS Sport Turismo makes a whole lot more output - 13 horsepower and a whopping 73 pound-feet of torque more, to be exact.

All that muscle is routed through an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and performance-oriented AWD system with Porsche Traction Management (PTM).

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All told, the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo can sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 179 mph.

“As is typical with any Porsche ‘GTS’ model, the standard equipment list and chassis setup are oriented with enthusiastic driving in mind,” Porsche claims in the attached press release.

Indeed, to truly fulfill its role as a sporty wagon, this Panamera requires the appropriate handling upgrades to match all that V-8 muscle under the hood.

Kicking it off is a set of Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) dampers and a standard Air Suspension system, both of which were retuned to fit the sporting demeanor of the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo. The ride height was also dropped by 10 mm (0.39 inches), and Porsche is offering the option for a rear axle steering system to make the long wagon more responsive on turn-in.

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The stopping power is impressive as well thanks to simply enormous brakes.

That includes 390 mm (15.6-inch) front discs and 365 mm (14.4-inch) rear discs.

Finally, the Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo comes standard with the Sport Chrono Package, which adds a single push-button system that tightens the suspension, firms up the chassis, quickens the steering, sharpens the throttle, reduces shift times, and enables launch mode - exactly what you want from a model like this.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo 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 rpm
Max. torque 457 lb-ft
at rpm 1,750 - 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 179 mph
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package 3.9 s
1/4 mile 12.5 s

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Prices

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Exterior
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The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available for order now. Pricing starts at $134,500.

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Competition

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

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Offered as both a wagon and a sedan, this monster from AMG is a stout competitor for the Stuttgart four-door. The party piece under the hood doles out as much as 603 horsepower thanks to four liters of displacement and a double dose of turbocharging, all of which hits the pavement via an AMG Performance 4Matic+ AWD system and AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission. The run to 60 mph takes 3.4 seconds. Air suspension keeps it cornering, while AMG’s DTM-inspired exterior bits keeps it turning heads on the street. Inside, the cabin is decked out in sumptuous luxury, including heated and ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and multi-color LED ambient lighting, all of which is offered as standard equipment. Pricing is relatively competitive too, starting at $106,950.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon.

Audi RS 7 Sportback

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While not exactly a full-fledged wagon, the RS 7 Sportback is a solid alternative to the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, offering high-speed performance and a luxurious, roomy interior space. Much like the Porsche, the Audi RS 7 gets its motivation from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, although this time around, output is rated at a hearty 605 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque in the RS 7 Performance model, which, routed through the standard quattro AWD system and eight-speed Titronic automatic transmission, translate into a run to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. Adaptive air suspension keeps it planted, while Valcona leather upholstery, MMI navigation, and aluminum trim keep it comfy inside the cabin. Pricing starts at $113,900 for the standard RS 7 trim level.

Read our full review on the 2015 - 2016 Audi RS7.

Final Thoughts

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There really is a whole lot to love about the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo.

Not only does it improve on the original Panamera formula with its long-roof exterior design, but the engine package is a whopper as well. Adding turbos to the equation has a profound effect on the way this thing gets on, and with a 0-to-60 mph time under the four-second mark, you can expect to haul ass, even while hauling cargo in the rear.

The options are all solid as well, from the infotainment tech (who doesn’t love a heads-up display?) to the performance oriented rear-axle steering.

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If you want a machine that truly can do it all, from long-distance cruising, to moving cargo, to apex hunting, this is a fantastic choice.

Of course, we have to question whether or not it’s the best choice. At around $135,000, the Porsche is significantly more expensive than several of its chief rivals, which begs the question - what do you get for the money?

It’s certainly not power, as both the Merc and the Audi best the Porsche in their respective top trims.

However, what the Porsche does have going for it is pedigree. We have yet to actually drive the new Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, but if we were to wager, it’s most likely a far more capable track weapon than either of the competitors listed above.

As well it should be.

  • Leave it
    • Competition offers more power for less money
    • Cramped rear bench for three passengers
    • Why not just go for the Turbo?

Further Reading

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.

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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