Porsche persist in their quest for Panamera perfection.
Without a doubt, Porsche is one of the most sought-after and successful sports car manufacturers on the planet. Over the decades they have released scores of superbly designed, performance orientated vehicles, all of which have maintained an exceptional standard of luxury and craftmanship.
Never a brand to rest on its laurels, Porsche have recently released yet another update to their impressive Panamera range, this time in the form on the 2022 Panamera GTS. This month, the Fact team were fortunate enough to test drive this latest creation, compliments of Porsche Centre Bahrain.
The Porsche Panamera GTS’s exterior has undergone a substantial upgrade for 2022. This four-door, mid- to full-sized luxury sedan now includes, as standard, the Sport Design Package with its visually appealing black highlights. Both the back and front ends now feature black trimmings and, when combined with the fastback roofline, bestow the vehicle with an alluring, athletic appearance.
We found the design of the exterior to be more streamlined in nature than ever before, with both the front and the rear boasting a more sculptured finish. A novel feature of this car is the LED headlights that swivel whilst navigating corners, to better illuminate the road ahead.
Other notable features include 20-inch aluminium wheels, a full sports exhaust system, along with the beautifully designed rear wing that folds both in and out when required; a first for a Porsche vehicle. An abundance of GTS logos located all around the body finish off the exterior in style.
The moment we entered the ergonomic cabin of the GTS, we fell in love all over again. We were greeted by ultra-comfy, 18- way power-adjustable front seats, with lumbar support. The low-slung position of these seats adds to the already exciting feel of this sports sedan and increases one’s desire to get it out onto the roads.
Premium materials have been used throughout the interior, with every surface covering, trimming, and finish adding to the luxurious feel of the GTS. Trademark elements of anodised aluminium and black Alcantara, combined with Piano Black trim accents, all add to the sporty and lavish nature of this model’s interior.
The multifunction sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles is not only multi-adjustable but also provides the driver access to many of the vehicle’s functions through conveniently placed buttons. Additionally, we found the uniquely designed drive select lever to be both a functional and aesthetically appealing feature of the interior.
Space wise, the cabin offers plenty of head, shoulder and leg room. As one may expect from a sports sedan, the seating is a little tighter in the back, with space for only two people to sit comfortably. If extra legroom is what you’re after, purchasing the long-wheelbase GTS model would be your answer.
The luggage compartment provides 495litres of space, an area that can be increased to 1,334litres with the 60/40 split rear seats folded flat. This feature, combined with the four-door design, make this sports vehicle practical for everyday use. An extensive range of interior extras are available upon request.
Tech wise, the 2022 Panamera GTS boasts an impressive setup, designed to merge car and driver. The system is equipped with a 12.3-inch main touchscreen and is run on Porsche software. Two additional screens located on either side of the rev counter, haptic feedback touch sensitive buttons, along with a small rotary knob, further assist in the routine functionality of this Porsche. We found this setup in its entirety, to be both intuitive and easy to navigate.
The modern infotainment system includes Porsche Communication Management 6.0, featuring Bluetooth, an audio interface, as well as an excellent online navigation tool. Porsche Connect Plus is also included in the setup, providing wireless internet and a telephone module. A Porsche Vehicle Tracking System is equipped as standard.
This configuration is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and also includes Sirius XM radio, HD radio, wireless charging and a 10-speaker Hi-Fi sound system. An array of additional tech features is available upon request.
The 2022 Panamera GTS houses a four-litre V8, biturbo petrol engine, that produces a displacement of 3,996cm³. This highperformance motor generates 480hp and a maximum torque of 620Nm. The sound created by this beastly engine combined with the sports exhaust system, is enough to put a smile on the face of any sports car enthusiast.
In conjunction with the standard Sport Chrono Package, the latest model GTS can surge from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds, and achieve a top speed of around 300km/h. The combination of the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system, along with the eight-speed dual clutch gearbox, ensure there is a constant supply of tractive force, guaranteeing one powerful yet smooth ride.
The sound created by this beastly engine combined with the sports exhaust system, is enough to put a smile on the face of any sports car enthusiast.
Greatly contributing to the first-class composition of the 2022 GTS are the sports chassis with three chamber air suspension, the highly effective braking system, along with the vehicle’s exceptional handling and cornering abilities. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute we spent putting this new Panamera through its paces and always felt in complete control of the driving experience.
Porsche have included a wide range of both standard and optional safety and performance features, to ensure the wellbeing of you and your loved ones. ✤
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