How is the Porsche Panamera GTS (971 type) different from the turbo?

Test drive report for each car

The other day,My impression that I got a Panamera GTS test driveI wrote, but I would like to convey my husband's impression this time.


I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test drive the 971 Panamera GTS, which I was very interested in personally. My home Panamera is a turbo, so I would like to report mainly on the comparison.

The title "GTS"

For Porsche, the grade of GTS is special. Going back in history, the racing car Porsche 904 GTS, which was born in 1963, was the origin.GTS stands for "Grand Touring Sport" and is a symbol of Porsche's high performance grade.It is.

Speaking of Panamera's GTS, it was a V8 with a 4.8L NA engine when it was the predecessor 970, and it produced a good exhaust note, and it is still a well-established famous car. In this new model 971 GTS,The same model V8 engine, but with the same engine as the turbo detunedIt is loaded with.

The engine specifications are 460 PS / 5750-6000 rpm and 620 N⋅m / 1960-4500 rpm. Compared to the turbo spec, the engine speed is the same, but the horsepower is 90ps and the torque is about 150 N⋅m.

Since it is a GTS, the sports exhaust system is standard equipment, the PASM suspension is lower than the standard by about 10 mm, and the exterior is decorated with a piano black painted sports design package.The GTS interior package can be selected as the interior, and the Alcantara tone is very sporty.It is.

Compare Turbo with GTS

The engine start sound is almost the same as that of the turbo. The GTS sounds a little modest in volume, but the appearance of the tachometer's hands starting to spring up is Porsche itself.

First of all, when I run around the city,The first impression is that the click feeling is stronger than the turbo and has a light feeling.was. Since the steering wheel has Alcantara specifications, it may feel hard to grip, but it has a strong sense of underbody, and the impression is between the normal turbo mode and the sport mode.

But when it comes to ride comfort,GTS is better than turboI felt it. I think that GTS is better at rectifying unevenness on the road surface, and it seems that it absorbs shocks quickly and smoothly.

The tires are equipped with 20-inch GTS standard wheels, which is one size smaller than our home 21-inch turbo.This 20 inch and GTS foot fit well and is very comfortableIt is. Also, the specified air pressure of 20 inches is lower than the specified air pressure of 21 inches, which may have contributed to the good riding comfort. It's impressive that the comfort of the suspension wasn't compromised even though the suspension was firm.

If you repeatedly start from a stop in an environment with a lot of traffic lights, you will notice the difference from the turbo here.Compared to the turbo, the GTS engine has a slightly lighter upstroke, making stop and go in the city very easy.

It's not that it's difficult for a turbo to ride, but with a slightly heavy accelerator,The turbo has a feeling of pushing out quietly from the bottom with overwhelming torqueWhen you put a little effort into your right leg, you may start accelerating your angry waves as if you opened your eyes.

In comparison,GTS is mild and gentleIt is. I did not know if I was controlling the output with a computer, or changing the supercharging pressure by changing the turbine diameter like Carrera and Carrera S of 992, but I feel like the latter feeling. It wasDespite being a turbo engine, I was very impressed with the seasoning as if to emphasize NA-likeness.It is.

By the way, another thing about comfort is thisGTS's "18way electric adaptive sports seat" was very good.The turbo seat at my home is a turbo standard "electric seat with 14way memory function", but compared to that,It feels like the hold is different, and the thickness of the seat is different.

The only seat I'm dissatisfied with in my home Panamera Turbo is the seat, but it's very thin and hardIt's Compared to that, the seats of the GTS had a firm cushion on the seating surface, and there were things similar to those of the 911, Cayman, Boxster, etc.

Regarding the engine sound,Adulter than the image you would imagine from successive "GTS"Feel to. To be honest, the turbo sounded louder, and it was even quieter when the sports exhaust was off. Even if the sports exhaust is turned on, the turbo still has a larger volume, and the afterfire sound when the accelerator is pulled out in the sports plus mode makes the turbo feel a little more flashy.

Since the turbo of my home runs about 28,000 km, I took into consideration that the muffler was burned as such,Still, regarding the sound, "Turbo" and "GTS" are the opposite images to the imagination.If the "sound" is important, it is better to have a specification with a turbo sports exhaust.

When it comes to handling, it's almost the same as a turbo,That is the conclusion. At least I don't know the difference. This GTS is also equipped with rear axle steering, which is the same condition.Since it is rear wheel steering, it turns surprisingly even in tight corners.After all Panamera can be enjoyed more than enough in winding. I think this is a different impression when compared to the S or normal grade of the V6 model, but I think that it is a natural result because the same V8 engine is installed in the front in GTS and turbo.

Regarding acceleration and power, differences in horsepower numbersI think 90PS, the difference between 550PS and 460PS. That's exactly the difference in acceleration. Of course, GTS is not late. Usually pretty fast.However, the turbo accelerates too quickly.On the other hand, as mentioned above, GTS is better for low-speed response and ease of accelerator work.

Panamera's shifting speed is never fast for PDKHowever, I thought that it was improved by GTS, I tried it, but it was not much different from turbo. It's almost the same, I think that feeling GTS has better response. Also, it seems that GTS is more sophisticated in the 1st or 2nd speed shifting manners in town, but this may be due to matching with the engine.

Panamera GTS general comment

After finishing the test drive, I thought about what kind of person should buy the GTS, but the first thing I think isThose who like the exterior and interior unique to GTSright. If you like the Alcantara interior with a slightly lowered vehicle height, sports design package and interior GTS interior package, I think GTS is your choice.

next,Those who prefer the V6 engine to the V6, and the bass exhaust sound.It is. However,If you care about the volume, it is better to combine a turbo with a sports exhaust.(Although GTS sounds loud enough).GTS is enough for powerIt is. You shouldn't think that this is slow or not enough in the Japanese environment.

Thinking that way,Ideal for those who don't want the price of a turbo, but prefer the feel of a V8 engine, and the design and atmosphere unique to GTSright.

By the way, from the perspective of owning a turbo, the GTS is a perfect car,Some of the Panamera grades have a half-finished impressionReceived If this GTS was a model that tuned the V6 of the 4S instead of the V8, the tip of the nose might be lighter and it might have given a more sporty impression. If you think so,If my preference is to emphasize the enjoyment of driving, it's more suitable for me to ride 4S with a lot of optionsI felt that

Personal evaluation

handling:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Straight running stability:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Low speed comfort:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
High speed comfort:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Engine feeling:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Engine sound:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
brake:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
transmission:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

 

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