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Porsche Panamera GTS: Le plaisir sans turbo ni rouage intégral

Chez Porsche, les lettres GTS représentent le juste milieu. Le juste milieu entre la version de base (quand même pas si de base que ça!) et la livrée la plus performante qui, trop souvent, n’est appréciée que pour son appellation Turbo S. La Panamera de base possède un V6 de …



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Audi RS7 v Porsche Panamera GTS – which is best?

Two incredible four-wheel drive offerings, which takes the win?

If we’re being pedantic the RS7 and Panamera GTS aren’t super saloons in the traditional sense because they have hatchback boots. They exist in the same sector of the market and they fulfil the same role, though, so they certainly count as direct rivals to the likes of the BMW M5.

With four-wheel drive systems both the Audi and the Porsche offer a certain all-season usability that their rear-wheel drive counterparts can’t match.

Engine and Gearbox

The Panamera is unusual in this sector of the market for being normally aspirated. The GTS version is almost certainly among the last of this sort of car to eschew turbo or supercharging and it has a particular charm because of it. Of course, Porsche does offer a turbocharged version of its Panamera, but priced at £108,000 it busts our self-imposed six-figure list price barrier.  

The consequence, of course, is that the Porsche is comprehensively out punched by its rivals. With 434bhp and 384lb ft of torque it falls some 118bhp and 132lb ft short of the twin-turbocharged RS7. 

What the Panamera lacks in performance it makes up for in throttle response and aural excitement. Some drivers will miss the accelerative thrust of a turbocharged powerhouse, but for those who prefer to wind out a normally aspirated engine the Porsche is in a class of one. The Audi’s 4-litre twin-turbo V8 is one of the very best downsized, forced induction engines, though, with good throttle response and masses of mid-range torque.

The Panamera uses Porsche’s seven-speed twin-clutch PDK gearbox, which is brilliantly quick in manual mode and very smooth around town. The Audi, however, uses a torque converter auto because the marque’s S tronic gearbox isn’t rated for this torque output. The auto ‘box is more than up to the task, though, and only loses a little to the Porsche’s more sophisticated gearbox in terms of shift speed.

Performance and 0-60mph

Naturally, the RS7 comprehensively out-performs the Panamera. It’ll hit 62mph from standstill in just 3.9 seconds, compared to 4.4 for the GTS. Out on the open road the performance differential feels at least that big, with the Audi piling on speed in a manner that the Porsche just can’t hope to replicate.

As standard the RS7 is limited to 155mph flat out, but buyers can choose from a selection of derestricting packages, the most expensive of which raises the top speed to 190mph. The Porsche, meanwhile, will manage 179mph as it leaves the factory.

Ride and Handling

With their four-wheel drive systems, both cars have a wet-weather security that many buyers will value far beyond any notion of rear-wheel drive heroics. Where the Porsche uses a four-wheel drive system to augment the driving experience, though, the Audi is flat and lifeless because of it.

In heavy rain on tricky roads it’s difficult to argue with the RS7’s total stability and sure-footedness. The problem, though, is that it never delivers anything by way of engagement, so it very quickly becomes a one trick pony. It simply isn’t a great deal of fun. It is crushingly quick down a road and it accrues speed like nothing else in the class – travelling at such speed should be exciting, but in the Audi it sadly isn’t. 

The Porsche, meanwhile, feels much more alert and agile with purer steering and a more responsive front axle. It’s also much more adjustable both on and off throttle – with is quite impressive for a car of this size – and that makes it far and away the more enjoyable car of this pair.

Whereas the Audi always feels its size and weight, the Porsche seems to shed the pounds and shrink around you when you start to thread it through a sequence of corners. In fact, the GTS is such a good steer that it really does give the BMW M5 a real run for its money as the class leader.

Price and Value 

At £93,391 the Panamera GTS certainly is among the more expensive cars in this class and it’s undercut by the RS7 by some £9000. Both cars come generously equipped as standard and the quality of their cabins is befitting of their price tags, but the Porsche’s classier driving experience makes it the better value car of the pair.


 Aside from straight line performance the Audi doesn’t do anything better than the Porsche. What’s more, the Panamera GTS is the last of the breed of normally aspirated super saloons and for that alone it’s worth celebrating.

To find out how the RS7 and Panamera GTS stack up against the best of the super saloon competition, check out May issue of Evo magazine (208). 


Engine v8,3993cc, twin-turbo
Power 552bhp @ 5700-6000rpm
Torque 516lb ft @ 1759-5500rpm
0-62mph 3.9sec (claimed)
Top Speed 155mph (limited)
MPG 28.8mpg
Engine V8,4806cc
Power  434bhp @ 6700rpm
Torque 383lb ft @ 3500rpm
0-62mph 4.4sec (claimed)
Top Speed 178mph (claimed)
MPG 26.4mpg


Dan Prosser

25 Mar 2015

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Porsche Panamera GTS review – prices, specs and 0-60 time

Plenty of options and a naturally aspirated V8, but does the new GTS exceed the sum of its parts?

What is it?

If you like your supersaloon served without forced induction, diesel power or electric assistance, you have very few choices these days. Gone are the V10 M5s and non-turbo E63 AMGs of this world, and while there is a certain ‘dare to be different’ appeal about a Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, it’s unlikely to tempt anyone familiar with more prestigious brands. 

Step forward this £93,391 Porsche Panamera. The latest GTS, it draws attention to itself in the Panamera range for two reasons: the GTS badge (which has been attached to exceptional Porsche drivers’ cars of late) and a rollicking normally aspirated V8 engine. All other Panameras, bar the Turbo and Turbo S, are powered by six-cylinder turbocharged or, in the case of the e-Hybrid, supercharged engines.

Engine, transmission and 0-60 time

Under the Panamera’s sculpted bonnet is a 4.8-litre, 32-valve V8, developing 434bhp and 383lb ft of torque. Through the standard seven-speed PDK transmission – no manual is available – 62mph arrives in 4.4 seconds from rest, and given a long enough stretch the four-seater will hit 178mph.

If you’ve driven some of the new batch of downsized but powerfully turbocharged modern engines, the GTS will require some recalibration. Those small, measured throttle inputs that get the best out of turbo engines do very little with the GTS – meaning you tend to drive with a much heavier right foot. 

The effect is pleasing. The V8 responds in kind with revs, growling to a 6700rpm red line, shifting gears sweetly and encouraging the driver with direct responses and high levels of grip. Of course, driving with a leaden foot rather than tiptoes has a negative effect on fuel consumption, and we struggled to maintain 20mpg in general driving. It’s a good job the 100-litre tank is a no-cost option.

Technical highlights

Curiously, the GTS is only available with active four-wheel drive, PDK, adaptive air suspension and PASM three-stage electronic dampers. Rear-wheel drive, a manual gearbox and standard steel springs with passive dampers are not available. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with Dynamic Chassis Control (an active anti-roll system) is a £3392 option, which is fitted to our test car.

In short, aside from the ‘atmo’ V8, you could never call this a purist’s Panamera – more a well-specced, tech-rich curio.

In spec terms, our car also has optional 20in wheels (the 4S has 18s as standard), plus 5mm spacers on the rear, a ‘sport-look’ nose, 18-way adaptive sports seats and a full leather interior with Alcantara roof and pillar linings and seat centres.

What’s it like to drive?

The steering is typically Porsche – linear, firm, without vice – and body control and directional stability are exceptional. Overall, it disguises its 1925kg weight extremely well, dominates motorways and impresses with its composure – just like all other Panameras, in fact.

The key criticism is that the GTS always feels completely locked-down, which, juxtaposed with an engine that encourages the driver to stretch it, makes for a rather bipolar machine. There’s little reward in terms of engagement from the chassis when you give the engine its head and drive a little harder, so you tend not to, instead settling into a softer driving style. Truth be told, you may as well be driving the 4S.

Inevitably, perhaps, we’d love to try a Panamera GTS with steel springs and rear-wheel drive because, while the engine wants to engage the driver, the chassis doesn’t. Rear-wheel drive and a more passive set-up would ask more of the driver when he or she is asking more of that naturally aspirated engine. This, of course, would create a more homogenous and rewarding driving experience. Sadly, such a car will never exist.


If you’re looking for something similar elsewhere in the Panamera range, the £86,080 4S has the same number of driven wheels, the same PDK gearbox, two fewer cylinders and twin turbos. It also delivers the same torque as the GTS (383lb ft) but boasts 20bhp less, sprints to 62mph in 4.8sec (against the GTS’s 4.4sec) and is 1mph slower, at 177mph. Not much in it, then.

Elsewhere, the rivals are more numerous – provided you’re not seeking a naturally-aspirated V8, in which case the aforementioned VXR8 is the sole option. The GTS’s competitors span everything from S and RS-badged Audi A7s through BMW M5s, Jaguar XFR and XFR-Ss and Mercedes E63 AMGs. There’s never been a better choice of performance saloons. All have individual appeal, but the M5 is probably the keen driver’s choice.


At £93,391 the Panamera GTS doesn’t come cheap – it’s possible to buy several cars with over 100bhp more than its naturally-aspirated V8 can offer for similar money. And if you can live without the Panamera’s surprisingly usable rear seats, a 911 GTS – with a manual gearbox – is a few grand less.

Engine V8, 4806cc
Power 434bhp @ 6700rpm
Torque 383lb ft @ 3500rpm
0-62mph 4.4sec (claimed)
Top speed 178mph (claimed)
MPG 26.4
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Nick Trott

17 Mar 2015

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Porsche Panamera GTS signée Maria Sharapova

Quand elle n’est pas sur un court de tennis ou présente aux JO d’hiver, Maria Sharapova est également ambassadrice de la marque Porsche. Surfant sur l’actualité des JO de Sochi, Porsche dévoile une Panamera GTS personnalisée par la sportive russe. Ou comment Maria Sharapova qui vient d’en recevoir les clefs se la joue Porsche Exclusive… […]

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