There’s this constant cat and mouse game among the automakers and automotive journalists and reporters. The former knows it needs the latter to spread the news on its products to the buying masses but wants to time the release of the latest and greatest to maximize effect (and profit). Journalists and reporters make their living, well, reporting the automakers’ latest info ASAP.
Porsche surprised several media outlets—including us—with not one, but with two new announcements at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The first involves the Porsche Performance Center, a driving school in our home town of Los Angles, California. We’re already jockeying who’s gonna sign up for the first class.
The second is the debut of the 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS. When it goes on sale early next year, it joins the base model, the Panamera 4, the S, the 4S, Turbo, Turbo S, and well as the hybrid models. We’re really not surprised by Panamera GTS: its existence, again, highlights Porsche’s commitment to all flavors, from luxury to sport, available to its discriminating buyers.
Who’s It For
The 2012 Panamera GTS, like previous Porsche GTS models, is aimed at the enthusiast who wants the purest form of racing car experience on the track, even with an extra set of doors. Based off the Porsche Panamera 4S, the 2012 Panamera GTS aims to please with a more powerful engine, braking system, and uniquely active/reactive suspension system; a sporty chassis that’s been lowered, reinforced, and stiffened to handle the twisties at the race track at high speeds; and sporty exterior and interior design.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera aims to fulfill the sporty promise of its GTS nomenclature with the specific features and details:
- 4.8 liter V-8 engine that delivers 430 horsepower, which is 30 more than the engine used by the Panamera 4S.
- The Porsche active suspension management system, or PASM, which adjusts electronically the shock absorbers and even the vehicle’s spring rates for maximum grip and control.
- “Sound symposer” system which actually filters more engine noise into the interior.
- Features like exclusive exterior and interior designs like standard high gloss paint and Alcantara-trimmed leather seats.
What We Think
The Porsche Panamera already has already proven its sporty DNA for several years now despite detractors. Thus we’re not too sure about the GTS. Yes, the features and numbers of the Panamera almost make us enthusiasts giddy with excitement. On the other hand, those extra doors convey a sense of luxury, comfort, and maturity on a daily basis that leave its two-door siblings in the garage for the occasionally weekend trips. We have to reserve judgment until we can put the 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS through its paces on the streets and on the track, preferably at the Porsche Performance Center.