Flagship 542bhp super-saloon hits the streets this June
Porsche has unveiled a new range-topping Panamera Turbo S, the addition of that last letter taking the super-saloon's power up to 542bhp - and its price up to a wallet-emptying £122,263.
That's almost £20k more than the 'regular' Panamera Turbo, but for your money you do get an extra 49bhp and 553lb ft of torque (up 37lb ft), stretching to a deeply chunky 590lb ft on over-boost, should you choose to specify the Sport Chrono package.
That results in a 0-62mph sprint for the all-wheel-drive machine of a mere 3.8secs (an improvement of 0.4secs over the standard Turbo) and a top speed of 191mph (up 3mph). What might be a little galling for Turbo owners, however, is that this extra pace doesn't come at the expense of fuel economy; the Turbo S records exactly the same 24.6mpg on the official combined cycle as the regular Turbo.
According to Porsche, this extra poke comes courtesy of tweaked engine management, and titanium-aluminium turbine wheels for the turbochargers. This reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel, which results in a lower moment of inertia
But what else do you get for your extra £20k? Well, there's Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which is an active anti-roll system, as standard.
Accompanying PDCC in the Panamera Turbo S's acronym land is PTV Plus. This, although it sounds like something you can get on Sky, is actually Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels. Porsche says that this, "in combination with an electronically controlled rear limited slip differential, ensures superior traction and therefore greater agility in every driving situation". So there you go.
Attention has been paid to the visuals, too, with 20-inch Turbo II alloy wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and an adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler fitted as standard. Inside, there is two-colour leather upholstery as standard, with two new optional combinations of (black/cream and agate grey/cream) exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S available from the autumn.
The Panamera Turbo S itself goes on sale in June.
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toppstuff30 Mar 2011
Good grief, the standard turbo is already an absolute rocket ship. I was stunned at how fast it is when I tried one a little while ago and amazed at its composure and crushing speed when on a long journey. It is one of those cars that puts your driving license at risk.
A turbo S is overkill. Completely unnecessary on UK roads. And for that reason alone it is a wonderful thing.
I even admit to going against the fashionable mood and confessing that I like the way it looks, too.
Beefmeister30 Mar 2011
Odd, i thought it would come with the Sport Design package as standard.
Makes the front end look a bit nicer and more aggressive IMO:
Edited by Beefmeister on Wednesday 30th March 11:23
Rawwr30 Mar 2011
I think it's a brilliant machine. Shoot me
kambites30 Mar 2011
Certainly an impressive piece of engineering, but it's still one of the ugliest cars on sale. I can definitely see the appeal if you want a properly fast four-seater, and don't care about the looks, though.
And why do people insist on calling it a "saloon", it's a hatchback!