Sherein Nassef, General Manager of Porsche Saudi Arabia, with some Porsche executives at the unveiling of the much-awaited new Porsche Panamera GTS in Jeddah last week.
JEDDAH – With pre-orders already on the books, SAMACO-Porsche launched over the weekend the much-anticipated Porsche Panamera GTS, the sportiest Panamera produced thus far.
Sherein Nassef, General Manager of Porsche Saudi Arabia, said: "This marks a new direction for the Porsche Panamera. GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. The GTS badge is a promise that you are driving something extra special and a link to our extraordinary historical performance – the first Porsche vehicle to carry the GTS moniker was the legendary 904 Carrera GTS, back in 1963."
The sportiest Panamera ever built delivers racetrack performance and practicality, with a striking engine sound that turns heads. More power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by 10 millimeters and a highly tuned sports chassis, with air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), make this Panamera even more distinctive, he added. Panamera GTS is powered by a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430hp at 6,700 rpm.
Maximum torque is increased from 500 Nm to 520 Nm. Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) - the marque’s unique dual clutch system - transmits engine output to the all-wheel drive (PTM) - thanks to the Sport Chrono package featured as standard. The Panamera GTS leaps to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 288 km/h. With NEDC fuel consumption of 10.9l/100 km – only 10.7 l/100 km with low-friction tires - the Panamera GTS is also fuel efficient.
Adaptive air suspension and PASM – featured as standard - connect the chassis and body, constantly adapting to the driving challenges by regulating leveling settings, adjusting height and spring rate as well as electrically regulating the damping system.
The damping is designed to be tauter than previous Panamera models, which aids agility and further reinforces the new Gran Turismo’s sporty personality.
Five-millimeter thick wheel spacers between the wheel and the wheel carriers increase the rear axle track width, giving the Panamera an even more stable ride. – SG