Porsche Panamera

The Panamera comes in two basic body styles with no fewer than five different engine options. The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 330 horsepower. Porsche claims that this engine will rocket the panamera to 60 MPH in just 5.4 seconds. Panamera S models use a new 2.9L twin-turbo V6 making 440 hp. 0-60 times drop to 4.2 seconds for the S. A hybrid version combines the 330 hp V6 with an electric motor, for a total of 462 horsepower, while the full blown turbo version uses a 4.0L V8 engine with two turbos to produce 550 horsepower. Porsche claims a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds for the Turbo model. At the very top of the Panamera hierarchy lies the Panamera Tyrbo S E-Hybrid, which combines the 550 horsepower V8 with an electric motor for a staggering 680 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds.

Base Panameras and Panamera S models come standard with rear-wheel drive, while hybrid and Turbo models come standard with all-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is optional for base and S models. Power is distributed by a new 8-speed PDK gearbox which shifts incredibly quickly and is partially responsible for those rapid acceleration times.

A new development in the Panamera lineup for this generation is the emergence of a wagon model, dubbed the Sport Turismo. Where the regular Panamera has a trunk, the Sport Turismo has a long, elegantly shaped rear hatch, capable of swallowing a surprising amount of luggage. While the new Panamera is better looking than the previous generation, the Sport Turismo might be better looking still. All Sport Turismo Panameras come standard with All-wheel drive as well.

The Panamera must fulfill a role as a luxury car and its standard features reflect this fact. Base Panameras with no options still come with a 10-speaker 150 watt stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, a navigation system, a ParkAssist system, a rear camera, dual-zone climate control, partial leather seating with heaters for the front seat, a multifunction steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, HID headlights and a panoramic sunroof.

Options on the Panamera are copious, a Premium Package includes a Bose sound system, 14-way power adjustable seats with a memory function, a lane change assist function and Porsche Comfort Access, which lets drivers start the car without having to take their keys out of their pockets.

The Premium Package Plus adds soft close doors, rear heated seats, vented seats in front and Porsche's Dynamic Light system with headlight cleaners. An assistance package includes an adaptive cruise control system, a lane keep assist system and night vision.

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In a world of big luxury sedans, the Panamera has always been the alternative choice. Somewhat compromised on the comfort side of the equation relative to cars like the Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class, its performance has consistently been on another planet than those land yachts. The new generation of Panamera, introduced in 2017, cleaned up the controversial look of its predecessor, while myriad handling tweaks (like rear-wheel steering) delivered the kind of poise you wouldn't expect from a machine weighing in the neighborhood of 4,400 pounds.

Now it's time to take that kind of performance to the next level with the 2019 Panamera GTS, a new, $128,300 flavor of Porsche's sedan. It offers a fine selection of performance-oriented options, plus some other upgrades, creating the most dynamic Panamera yet.

The package

Panamera GTS takes the base Panamera formula and bolts on many of the more speed-minded choices from the options sheet, things like the racier exhaust, 20-inch wheels, the Sport Chrono package and the Turbo's trick, three-section folding rear wing.

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