With 460hp on tap, there’s nothing demure about its look with 20-inch alloy wheels riding on air suspension that has lowered its stance by 10mm and a tuned exhaust which gives a deep-throated burble at idle

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Porsche Panamera GTS: A Track Day Flyer For The Whole Family.


It’s amazing what a few small changes can do to a car. Some styling tweaks to the Porsche Panamera, the introduction of the Sport Turismo and now the GTS has turned this into one desirable grand tourer.


A GT-badged Porsche should mean that we’re talking about a no compromise, track weapon but that’s not the case with the 2019 Panamera GTS, which despite the badge, is not the most aggressive model in the range.


In both saloon and the Sport Turismo wagon bodies, the Panamera GTS is a balance between performance and comfort, slotting between the 4S and the monstrously quick 550hp Panamera Turbo V8.


With its twin-turbo 4-litre V8 pumping out 460hp, there’s nothing demure about its look with 20-inch alloy wheels riding on 10mm lowered air suspension and a tuned exhaust.


After a day’s drive on roads through the hot and humid deserts that surround the Kingdom of Bahrain, its more useable torque was the most obvious trait, shifting early through each of its eight gears which was emphasised during some hot lap running of the Formula One Grand Prix circuit later that evening.


Once the ugly duckling of the Porsche family, the big Panamera continues its evolution into a thing of beauty following the release of the Sport Turismo shape that tricks the eye into thinking it’s a bigger car because of its estate-like rear, however both carry an identical 2950mm wheelbase and are 5053mm nose to tail. [To be continued...]

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