Vital Stats

Engine:
4.8L V8
Power:
430 HP / 384 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
4.3 Seconds
Top Speed:
178 MPH
Drivetrain:
All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,233 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
44.6 CU-FT (max)
MPG:
16 City / 23 HWY
We've already driven the Porsche Panamera GTS in Europe in a track environment, but haven't had the chance to talk about this car after driving it in on U.S. roads yet. I've driven a few different Panamera variants since the five-door hatchback was first introduced for 2010, but this all-wheel-drive Carmine Red GTS is my favorite variant thus far. It just strikes the right balance of power and poise with its amazingly well-sorted suspension (the GTS rides 10 millimeters lower than lesser models and comes standard with air suspension and Porsche Active Stability Management). The naturally aspirated V8 makes a great noise and with 430 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, and it has plenty of motivation yet actually doesn't feel absurdly overpowered.

Driving Notes
  • The automatic rear wing is a complex multi-piece affair that unfurls outward and then laterally. It's a nice piece of engineering and undoubtedly helps with downforce, but with how often it deploys and hides away (it opens and closes at around 60 miles per hour), I can't help but wonder how many duty cycles it will endure before it needs adjustment or repair. It's not the prettiest thing when extended, either.
  • I've driven PDK-equipped Porsches before – even Panameras – but this is the best iteration of this seven-speed dual clutch yet. It's near seamless, with improved slow-speed tractability. There were still a few occasions when PDK locked out downshifts into high revs, but it was generally very obedient. I'm not sure if it's a range-wide software update for 2013 or whether the tuning is specific to GTS, but this might be the best DCT on the market.
  • A few years ago, Porsche changed its keys to appear like miniaturized silhouettes of the model you're driving, and the keys can even be color-coded to your car's paint. It's a costly flourish ($335), but hey, your valet will thank you.
  • Thanks to its hatchback configuration, the Panamera is surprisingly useful, but the aggressively raked backlight can distort one's rear view somewhat. Smart move to have two buttons for the power close, though – one that just closes it, and the other that locks the whole car.
  • How glad am I that the buzzkill start-stop feature can be defeated once and for all without resorting to fuse-pulling or reprogramming?
  • Thumb the button to awaken the quad-tipped exhaust and you'll be greeted with a wonderful roar from the quick-revving 4.8-liter V8. The sound is so good I still wished for more of it, but that could've been because my car was fitted with $1,240 in soundproof/heat-resistant glass. How about an additional stage, Porsche?


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      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      137k? Wow, I didn't know they were that pricey.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      After a disappointing first couple years, she's grown on me. I think knowing how flippin' fast it is helps too. Lottery time it would probably be a tough decision between this and the Audi A7/S7. The Audi is your gorgeous nerdy girl and she does all things well but she's just not as exciting. On paper, she'd be the perfect wife but you always wish for more. The Panamera is the crazy chick with a few tattoos who only prettier once you know her a few years. Then all you wanna do is quit your job and make love.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joejoe509
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      Andy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still double-take when I see them in person. But photos of the side priofile still turn me completely off.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andy
        I've always thought this car looked FAR better in person. She doesn't photograph well that's for sure...
      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have appreciated a better picture of the rear wing that you say "isn't the prettiest thing." The one picture in the gallery is taken from so close, it could be a picture of anything.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        Stop feeding trolls.
        airekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wow, you managed to bypass Obama bashing and go straight to New World Order, and not even on a politically based article! New levels of trolling.
        Awhattup
        • 2 Years Ago
        uhhh.... LOL? how dumb are you
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        1. Not sure where you got faster from, considering the Panamera is 0-60 in 4.3 seconds while the M56 does it in 5 seconds, maybe some clock down to 4.8 but either way it's not faster 2. The M56 does feel front heavy and the car does quite a bit of tremlining for a luxury sporty large sedan 3. i do agree that the V8 in the M sounds good, maybe not as good as that on the Panamera but $80k is still quite a bit of money so I still think of the M56 as an every-man's alternative to the Panamera, and one that actually looks good as compared to the Panamera 4. No one buying this or the M will likely ever be found racing them on the trackhttp://www.autoblog.com/photos/2013-audi-a3-sportback/, so even though the P'mera is likely to be the track king it's not a deal breaker before you down rate, know that I love Infiniti and I am in my second G35, and unless they totally screw up the next one I will be on board for a 3rd.
        Awhattup
        • 2 Years Ago
        uhhh.... LOL? how dumb are you
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        Alright, I'll give you effort points for being the one person not comparing the Panamera to the Audi A7/S7 or the Aston Martin Rapide and other similar "four door coupe" super sedans. Japan does not currently have anything remotely on the same level of the Panamera. Sorry. The M56 is a very very nice car, but a four door GTR it is not. You obviously don't get it theboyracer. If you can afford this car, the Infinity isn't even on your radar. I'm sure you'd take an LFA or even a GTR over a Ferrari. Blah Blah Blah. Am I right?
          zizixx89
          • 2 Years Ago
          @joejoe509
          that is until the 530hp IPL-G sedan drops in 2014
      vripper
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it didn't have the Porsche name and price tag, this would be another Asstek. It's also like a pretty girls face...and then you see the rest of her.
      s tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh god. It hurts. Why Porsche, why ?
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turbo, or GTFO.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blacked out grilles, window moldings, lower valance panels, rear spoiler, it doesn't look sinister, it looks cheap. Like the rental version.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Really? I kinda like it. Usually black trim denotes a lower model but in this case I think it helps reduce visual mass.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
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          48Chevy
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yes. The "matte" look is even worse. Cheap looking like an old Plymouth Volare Super Coupe.
      nsenkowski
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have you been able to compare driving the car with/and without the extra soundproofing on the glass? Or do you know if there is a place out there to get interior dB of various cars at different speeds?
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      getting worse looking imo.....volkswagen will pull the plug on it.
      Mathia Bergeron
      • 2 Years Ago
      My dad just receive his GTS 2 week ago.. its probably the best car i have ever driven.. well best balanced car ive driven... its black everywhere badgeless and its really pretty , but still i find it frustrating on public road because its so good that you want to get it show its porsche roots that it got... and then you doing 100km/h in 50 km/h zone.. so whenever you press that pedal stay aware of every spot a police can hide. i Live in quebec where we have LOT of snow during winter. I have driven a panamera 4s during winter and it was just awesome, cant wait to try this new GTS. Meanwhile i have my brand new FR-S, wich will be my winter beater also.. its gonna be a cool winter for me guys
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