2013 Porsche Panamera GTS: The track sedan

Porsche creates a new version of its Panamera sedan, this one designed for track performance. The Panamera GTS was unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Porsche Panamera GTS
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LOS ANGELES--More power and a lowered ride height make this the performance Panamera.

Porsche has a knack for slotting cars into very specific niches. The Panamera GTS, unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, is the Porsche sedan for the track.

That is not to say the Panamera 4S or S would not excel when banged around a road course, but Porsche designed the GTS to beat both of them. Thirty more horsepower eked out of the same engine gives it a power edge, and Porsche includes many of its performance options as standard in the GTS.

Minor cosmetic differences include black trim accents and a different front air intake. The GTS also sits slightly lower on its air suspension, and its all-wheel-drive helps it scramble through the turns.

See all CNET's coverage from the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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