2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Review with Specs, Price, & Photos
- Starting at $128,300 MSRP*
- 4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 producing 453 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque with 8-speed PDK transmission
- Top track speed of 181 MPH and 0-60 MPH time of 3.9 seconds (with Sport Chrono package)
- Optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB)
- Available Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport)
- 18-way adaptive sports seats finished in black leather and Alcantara with GTS embroidery
- Adaptive power roof spoiler
- Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist or Park Assist including Surround View
About the Porsche Panamera GTS
Three letters embody the race-proven spirit and winning reputation of Porsche both on and off the track: GTS. The Porsche Panamera GTS represents direct, uninhibited, and powerful driving pleasure that combines blistering performance with everyday usability. Instantly recognizable for its striking exterior appearance, GTS models can easily be identified by its black contrasting design elements. These are found on the side window trim, air outlets, tailpipes of the sport exhaust system, and emblems on the rear end finished in high-gloss black.
Beneath the hood of the Panamera GTS lies a muscular 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 which cranks out an impressive 453 horsepower along with 457 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant delivers an astonishing top track speed of 181 MPH and a 0 to 60 time of just 3.9 seconds with the available Sport Chrono package. Other key performance options offered on the Panamera GTS include Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC) Sport. A driver-oriented interior trimmed in premium materials help provide a combination of engagement and comfort along every stretch of highway.
Porsche Panamera GTS vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53
|2019 Porsche Panamera GTS||VS||2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53 Coupe|
|4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8||Engine||3.0-Liter Turbocharged I6|
|457 lb-ft||Torque||384 lb-ft|
|3.9 seconds (w/Sport Chrono)||0-60 Time||4.4 seconds|
|4,123 pounds||Curb Weight||4,508 pounds|
|19.5 feet||Turning Radius||20.7 feet|
|Optional||Ceramic Brakes||Not Available|
|20 inches||Wheel Size||19 inches|
|Standard||Heated Steering Wheel||Optional|
|14-Way Power||Front Seat Adjustability||12-Way Power|
|60/40 Split||Rear Seat Folding||Fixed (folding optional)|
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In order to help illustrate how the Porsche Panamera GTS is the clear favorite among performance luxury sports sedans, we’ve compared it against one of its most formidable rivals – the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe. Although both models tout their performance-bred pedigrees, you’ll quickly understand why drivers who crave maximum thrills continue to choose Porsche over Mercedes-Benz.
Comparing performance figures, the clear advantage goes to the Panamera GTS. Its muscular 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is significantly larger than the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six found on the AMG GT 53 Coupe. As a result, Porsche drivers will enjoy 24 more horsepower and an astounding 73 lb-ft of additional torque for responsive acceleration. Larger 20-inch wheels add to the commanding presence of the Panamera GTS as well.
Measuring 0-60 times, the Panamera GTS can reach 60 MPH from a standstill quicker than the AMG GT 53 Coupe. In terms of curb weight, the Panamera GTS offers a sizable 380-pound weight advantage which adds to its nimble agility and razor-sharp handling. The much heavier Mercedes-Benz carries around the weight of an electric battery pack which contributes to its inferior performance on the track. A shorter turning radius makes the Panamera GTS much more maneuverable in congested parking lots as well. Carbon ceramic brakes, optional on the GTS and not available on the AMG GT 53 Coupe, help slow the tremendous power of the Porsche Panamera and offer superior resistance to brake fade on the track.
Turning our attention towards the interiors of both these sports sedans, the Panamera GTS continues to outperform the AMG GT 53 Coupe. Great for making chilly mornings more pleasant, the GTS comes standard with a heated steering wheel to keep you warm. Mercedes-Benz forces you to select a costly option package in order to receive this feature. Power 14-way adjustable front seats allow for greater personalization and comfort as well. Also standard is an Alcantara headliner, matching the seat trim and door panel inserts for a refined look. Lastly, the Panamera GTS comes standard with 60/40 split folding rear seats which allow you to carry a combination of passengers and cargo on the way to your destination. The standard rear seatback of the AMG GT 53 Coupe is fixed, reducing cargo capacity and versatility. Laughably, Mercedes-Benz charges extra for a folding rear seatback.
Winner – Porsche Panamera GTS
No matter which way you look at it, the Porsche Panamera GTS is the clear favorite compared to the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53 Coupe. From performance and luxury to versatility and refinement, the Panamera GTS remains the benchmark other performance luxury sedans try to emulate. Sewickley Porsche is standing by to introduce you to the GTS and help you select the model that’s best suited to your driving preferences.
*Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options, taxes, title, registration, delivery, processing and handling fee, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.