Porsche to unveil new Panamera at Qatar show
Doha, January 15, 2012
Germany-based premium auto maker Porsche will unveil the much anticipated Panamera GTS at the forthcoming Qatar Motor Show in Doha.
The international auto show will run from January 25 to 28 at Doha Exhibition Centre. January 23 and 24 will be dedicated to the press, VIPs and trade professionals.
With pre-orders already on the books, the Panamera GTS is available to buy from March in the region, a statement said.
George Wills, managing director of Porsche Middle East and Africa, said: “This marks a new direction for the Porsche Panamera. GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport. The GTS badge is a promise that you are driving something extra special; and a link to our extraordinary historical performance – the first Porsche vehicle to carry the GTS moniker was the legendary 904 Carrera GTS, back in 1963.”
More power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by ten millimetres and a highly tuned sports chassis, with air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), make this Panamera even more distinctive, he added.
Panamera GTS is powered by a modified 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430hp at 6,700 rpm.
Maximum torque is increased from 500 Nm to 520 Nm. Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) – a unique dual clutch system - transmits engine output to the all-wheel drive (PTM) - thanks to the Sport Chrono package featured as standard.
The Panamera GTS leaps to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds; with a top speed of 288 km/h. With NEDC fuel consumption of 10.9l/100 km - only 10.7 l/100 km with low-friction tyres - the Panamera GTS is also fuel efficient, Wills said.
“The new Panamera GTS ticks all the boxes of what we at Porsche want to achieve. This is a beautiful, fast, sports car which offers great stability, an incredibly smooth drive and all the efficiency our discerning clientele has come to expect from Porsche,” he added.
Adaptive air suspension and PASM - featured as standard - connect the chassis and body, constantly adapting to the driving challenges by regulating levelling settings, adjusting height and spring rate; as well as electrically regulating the damping system.
Five millimetre thick wheel spacers between the wheel and the wheel carriers increase the rear axle track width, giving the Panamera a stable ride.
Porsche will also be showcasing its recently-revealed 911 Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet at the Qatar Motor Show. – TradeArabia News Service
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