Available in both normal sedan or more booty ‘Sport Turismo’ spec, these two new models mark the 17th and 18th variant of the two-ton, tech-laden executive shuttle you can buy. Which is knocking on the door of 911 levels, but if there’s another way to skin a cat, Porsche will sure as hell do it. Because profit margins.
Like the GTS models of old, it’s pretty much business as usual: bits and pieces from across the range and plenty of options all thrown in with the addition of an alcantara steering wheel and lots of red stitching to keep people who like driving happy.
Power comes courtesy of a detuned version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and feeds 454hp and 620Nm through an eight-speed PDK to slot handily under the Turbo’s performance. Capable of 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 291kph in the sedan and 290kph for the Sport Turismo, it’s got more than enough oomph to get you down the ‘bahn in a breeze.
Adaptive air suspension comes as standard but has been dropped by 10mm over standard cars – further improving an incredible stance. But as it’s the sportier model, the suspension and chassis have been tweaked and the brakes enlarged (390mm up front and 365mm at the rear) to keep those keen on scrubbing sidewalls happy. If they aren’t, there’s the possibility to add rear-wheel-steering to up agility further.
With the addition of some black accents front and back, the updated styling is typical GTS. Now however, there’s a configurable head-up display – a first for the Panamera. Prices start at £105,963 (P7.5 million) for the sedan and £108,110 (P7.6 million)for the wagon, with both going on sale in the UK later this year.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.