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New Porsche Panamera Turbo S packs 550 hp and 800 Nm of torque


March 30, 2011

Porsche's new Panamera Turbo S

Porsche's new Panamera Turbo S

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Porsche has unveiled the top dog in its Gran Turismo line. The new Panamera Turbo S raises the four-door sports car bar with a 4.8 liter, V8 biturbo charged engine that delivers 550 hp (410 kW) , which is 50 hp (37 kW) more than the engine found in the Panamera Turbo. The Panamera Turbo S also ups the torque from 700 to 750 Nm, while an overboost function in "Sport" and "Sport Plus" mode sees the torque peak at 800 Nm. These improvements allow the car to go from a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 306 km/h (191 mph).

Porsche says that, despite the increase in performance, the fuel consumption of the Panamera Turbo S remains at the same level as the Panamera Turbo. Under the European NEDC system the vehicle covers 100 km (62 miles) on 11.5 liters (20.45 mpg U.S.), which falls to 11.3 liters per 100 km (20.81 mpg U.S.) when fitted with the 19-inch, all-season tires with optimized rolling resistance developed especially for the Panamera by Michelin.

Porsche attributes the increase in performance of the Panamera Turbo S over the Panamera Turbo to two key enhancements. Firstly, improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminum alloy that reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel, and secondly, modified engine control. The company says these combine to provide the Turbo S with a lower moment of inertia and more agile engine responsiveness.

Agility extends beyond the engine too, with a Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system that curtails the vehicle's tendency to lean when cornering. Additionally, the Gran Turismo's Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels and combines with an electronically controlled rear differential lock to provide superior traction.

The Panamera Turbo S also comes with the Sport Chrono Package Turbo as standard, which tunes the suspension and power unit for sportier performance at the push of a button.

The exterior sees an increased rear axle track width, 20-inch Turbo II wheels and adaptive extending four-way spoiler. While inside there's a bi-color leather finish, which is offered in a new black/cream combo exclusive to the new Panamera Turbo S, with an also exclusive grey/cream combo to be available from autumn (Northern hemisphere).

Porsche will start deliveries of the new Panamera Turbo S in June, 2011, with the vehicle costing EUR167,076 (approx. US$236,116) in Germany.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag. All articles by Darren Quick

more expensive and just as ugly

Mike Donovan

What\'s the point in getting such a great car in a country that won\'t let you drive it the way it\'s meant to be driven?



The awesome thing about this car being so fast is that no one has to look at it for long.

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