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Porsche brand ambassador Maria Sharapova has unveiled her personal interpretation of the Panamera GTS.
Porsche is spicing up their U.S. vehicle lineup starting next year with three new models, including a diesel Cayenne.
It’s hard not to see the writing on the wall when a status symbol like Porsche decides to port the diesel counterpart of their high-end SUV to the U.S. Most people familiar with the European car market know that diesels are a staple across the Atlantic, but until recently the alternative fuel was pretty much an 18-wheel thing. That’s all changing, as mainstream manufacturers are offering efficient diesel versions and companies like Cummins are ramping up their capacity in anticipation of a market shift.
If you still struggle with the smoke-belching image diesel vehicles evoke for so many Americans, figure this: Porsche is counting on the diesel Cayenne to help double their U.S. sales by 2018 without adding any dealerships. The other two sales-boosters are a redesigned 911 and the 430 horsepower Panamera GTS.
If the American diesel is true to its Euro-spec brother, you’re looking at a Cayenne that boasts just under 40 mpg combined. It’s likely that the car will have a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, making 245 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, capable of a 0-60 sprint in 7.6 seconds. You won’t be winning any races in it with a top speed of only 137 mph, but then again you’re looking at a fuel-saving SUV.
If speed is really more important than mileage to you, consider the hybrid version, which makes 380 horses. Just know that you’re probably going to pay about $10,000 more for a vehicle that only gets about 24 mpg.
[Source: Automotive News]
Porsche had a treat for all of us attending the LA Auto Show this year leading up to the unveiling of the new Panamera GTS. A video was shown on the big screen boasting four of Porsche’s talented drivers, all taking a seat in the new Panamera GTS and having one hell of a ride out on a track. Greeting us on the show floor were drivers Patrick Long and Romain Dumas to pull the cover up off the new GTS.
Now Porsche has the video to share with the rest of the general public, showcasing all of the GTS’s strengths. Four passenger seating, ridiculous power, control and well, amazingly good looks. If you can’t tell by now, we’re huge fans of the new Panamera GTS… if only it came with a manual.
Check out the video after the break.
Adding performance, power and style, Porsche has unveiled the new Panamera GTS at the LA Auto Show. Already an impressive performer, Porsche ups the ante with a long list of upgrades, ranging from the brakes to the exhaust system, to a standard Sport Chrono Package with launch control. Power has also been increased 30-hp from the 4.8-liter V8 for a total of 430-hp.
With custom bodywork and a lowered suspension, this Panamera is starting to change our opinion on the car’s much-maligned looks.
For more on the new Panamera GTS, watch the video below:
The product offering for Porsche’s new Panamera looks to mimic that of the Cayenne SUV as news surfaces that the German sports car maker is looking at a high performance model of the sedan, as well as diesel offerings.
All that we know about this new Panamera is that it will do away with the air suspension offer on the current models in favor of more traditional coil springs. What isn’t clear is if the even sportier Panamera will be a Turbo S model with power closer to the 550hp mark, or if it will be a GTS model, with less power but a more track-ready focus. And if it is a GTS model, will Porsche offer it with orange-painted wheels?
As for the diesel engine, Porsche is reportedly looking into equipping the Panamera with a choice of two diesels – both of which will come from the Volkswagen Group. The first is the 240hp, 3.0-liter V6 unit from cars like the Audi A6, which can currently be found in Porsche’s Cayenne SUV. The other is a 322hp 4.2-liter V8 from the Audi A8.