The 2022 Porsche The Panamera GTS was launched for a base MSRP of $130,700 and comes with minor upgrades in the form of more optional packages and features, an updated infotainment system and some tweaks to design to make it even more lovely. The Panamera GTS’s party trick, the mighty twin-turbo V8 engine, hasn’t seen any performance changes, and acceleration is fiercer than ever.
The transmission is fast and the car behaves like on rails. The beautiful interior offers endless customization options, just like the outgoing model year. The same goes for the powertrain, suspension and brakes, all of which could be upgraded to make it even better. The spacious cabin and the feature-rich infotainment system are some of the other positives. Competing with the Audi S7 and Mercedes-AMG GT 53, here are 10 things you need to know before buying the 2022 Porsche Panamera GTS.
ten The twin-turbo V8 is a fierce engine
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine installed under the hood of the Panamera GTS produces 473 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to the 8-speed PDK automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. The impressive performance figures also convert to one of the best 0-60mph times in the segment at 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.7 seconds.
Even though the performance isn’t quite as crazy as the BMW M850i Gran Coupe, it’s still one of the fastest sedans in its class. Initial and mid-range torque is superb, and the PDK automatic transmission is quicker than ever. Turbo lag is non-existent and the car goes really fast all the way to redline. Top-end grunt is superior to most rivals, too.
9 Many optional upgrades
Offered for a base MSRP of $130,700, the 2022 Porsche Panamera GTS is also endlessly customizable, making it a favorite choice for enthusiasts who want a personalized drive. As for the exterior, there are 22 color options, there is also the paint option of your choice for an additional $11,430, 24 different wheel designs and many other wheel accessories to choose from.
The interior also follows the same philosophy, as it offers 15 shades of leather upholstery colors, multiple seating options and a list of contrast stitching options. Optional packages, such as a premium plus package, support package, SportDesign package and a plethora of others are also on board. There are a similar number of options to choose from in all other sections such as performance, comfort and support, lights and vision, and many more. However, most of these optional packages are very expensive.
8 The 8-speed PDK automatic transmission is still the gold standard
The 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard and features no changes from the outgoing model year. Even though this transmission has been in production for quite a long time, it is still one of the fastest transmissions on the market. Shifts are smooth and there’s none of that jaw-dropping, even when you’re driving like a maniac.
Put the car in normal mode and you barely notice the changes. However, put it in sport mode and the transmission completely changes character. It’s much quicker than the already fast transmissions of the Audi S7 and Mercedes-AMG GT 53, and manual mode using the steering wheel paddle shifters makes the Panamera GTS an absolute pleasure to drive. .
7 Handles beautifully
If you want to experience the full potential of the luxury sports sedan, dial the car into sport plus mode. The car handles slightly better than the Audi A7, which was a benchmark in handling and driving dynamics. The well-designed chassis and adaptive suspension system make the car a joy to tackle twisty B-roads and racetracks.
There’s standard rear-wheel steering, which makes a difference, especially when cornering fast at speed. The air suspension with sport mode plus makes the car quite stiff, so it’s the mode you choose if you’re on a circuit. Body roll is negligible and the level of grip is phenomenal. The steering is precise and direct, however, it could have weighed a little more to complement the impeccable suspension and chassis.
6 Great ride quality
With the adaptive air suspension setup with multiple suspension modes on offer, the ride quality proved to be reasonably supple than you’d imagine from a performance luxury sedan. When driving the car through towns, put the car in comfort mode and the ride quality is reasonably comfortable. However, larger bumps and potholes filter into the cabin.
Driving on the highway is where it shines the most. Ride quality was found to be very flat at these speeds, and passengers wouldn’t feel fatigued even after a few hundred miles of travel without any breaks. There’s no pitching or swaying to report, and the car has no major body roll.
5 Infotainment screen is big and bright
The 12.3-inch touchscreen Porsche Communication Management 6.0 infotainment system in the 2022 Porsche Panamera GTS is a mixed bag. The screen is bright and the touch response is excellent, as you’d expect from a car that costs over $130,000. The smooth animations and decent UI are some of the other positives.
However, we were disappointed by the lack of rewind satellite radio and the controls that sit on the steering wheel don’t control the favorites section of the infotainment. Apart from that, all the required features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM radio, Apple Music and Apple Podcast, navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity are on board.
4 Many driver assistance features are optional
Like many other models from the Porsche stable, the 2022 Panamera GTS lacks all the safety and driver assistance tech that even cars that cost half the price get. Features such as forward collision monitoring, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control are part of the optional packages.
Their price is also ridiculous and if you opt for these features, the car will definitely end up being very expensive. However, all basic safety features, such as airbags, a rear view camera, parking sensors, side beams, Porsche Traction Management and Porsche Stability Management are standard. The car is also robust in terms of build quality.
3 Spacious cabin
The cabin of the 2022 Porsche Panamera GTS won’t be a deciding factor for anyone. The front seats are wide and sporty, with excellent support under the thighs and lower back. The cabin is also very ergonomic, with everything placed where it should be. The many seat adjustments and spacious front row add to the comfort factor.
Being a 4-seat sedan, the rear row of this luxury sports sedan can accommodate only two passengers, as it is equipped with captain’s chairs with a massive armrest and a center console in the middle. The rear seat of the captain’s chair also retains all the qualities of the front seat, with impressive legroom and shoulder room. However, headroom is a bit restrictive due to the coupe-like roofline. The trunk capacity of 17.6 cubic feet isn’t the best either.
2 Excellent brakes
The braking hardware has not been updated, and it still comes with the huge 15.4″ front rotors and 14.4″ rear rotors coupled with all the braking features like ABS, ventilated rotors, brake assist, hill hold control and more. All of this helped the car brake to 70-0 mph in just 145 feet, which proved to be better than any rival in the segment.
The brakes provide crisp initial bite and excellent feedback. Wide all-season tires are wrapped around 20″ or 21″ wheels and also help with braking performance. The sticky rubber ensures a stop without losing grip and the ABS is not very intrusive. Frontal dive is minimal and there is no major brake fade.
1 Sleek exterior design
It’s one of the best-looking sedans on the market, and even after more than five years of production as the second generation, it still looks the part. The long list of color options and all the optional packs and accessories make it quite customizable, which ultimately makes each Panamera GTS a little different from the next. The Mamba green color is also retained, and this shade highlights all the cuts and creases of the car very well, making it very beautiful to look at.
The 2022 Porsche Panamera GTS is well proportioned, with a decent amount of front and rear overhang. The rear spoiler, LED headlights and taillights, 20″ Panamera Design alloy wheels with optional 21″ alloy wheels, painted brake calipers and the elegant coupé-like rear quarter give the car a look completely different from the competition. The car is also very wide and low to the ground, which adds to the sportiness.
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