Does anybody remember Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed? Wouldn’t we love to have another version now with behemoths like the Panamera? Factory Driver anyone?
Porsche has clothed the luxurious Porsche Panamera in racing overalls and made it slightly sportier. Churning out 430hp, a 30 hp increase over the Panamera S/4S the modified, naturally aspirated V8 engine also produces 520 Nm, which again is 20Nm more.Porsche PDK transmission and the PTM enable the Panamera GTS to sprint to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 288 km/h. With NEDC fuel consumption of 9.17kpl (10.9 l/100 km) which is slightly improved when you use low-friction tyres.
Design features have changed at the front, side and rear as well as black highlights. The interior seems to a nice place to be in with sports seats, SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles, exclusive GTS leather interior and Alcantara surfaces. In addition to the increased power and upgraded brakes, the body is lowered by ten millimetres and the sporty tuned chassis with air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) are the major technical modifications that help the GTS lap better times without sacrificing any of the practicality.
Porsche says the figures on the paper aren’t defining enough of the GTS. The true racing spirit of the car is felt when driving the Panamera GTS. The chassis in particular makes it fit for the racing circuit, says Porsche. The adaptive air suspension and PASM featured as standard connect the chassis and body, constantly adapting to the driving challenges by regulating levelling settings, adjusting height and spring rate as well as electrically regulating the damping system. The damping is designed to be tauter.
Five millimetre thick wheel spacers between the wheel and the wheel carriers increase the rear axle track width, giving the Panamera an even more stable ride. The required grip is provided by 255/45 size 19-inch tyres on the front axle and 285/40 on the rear axle. Deceleration on the sporty Panamera is provided by the superlative braking system of the Panamera Turbo.
When’s it coming to India? We’ll keep you posted, watch this space!