Porsche enthusiasts were given an online sneak peak this week at the most powerful version of the Panamera sedan which is about three weeks ahead of its official debut at the New York International Auto Show. With the all-new Panamera Turbo S, Porsche once again raises the bar in the sporty, luxury sedan segment by delivering a vehicle with high performance and efficiency, with sports-car like handling, and first-class comfort.
Building on the 4.8-litre V8 engine that is currently available in the Panamera Turbo, the Turbo S is infused with 50 more horsepower and an extra 37 lb.-ft. of torque. Improved twin turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a modified engine control are what gives the Turbo S a total output of 550 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Sport or Sport Plus modes that are standard in the Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the overboost function temporarily generates additional torque with a peak rating of 590 lb.-ft.
If you are looking for power and performance, look no further. Porsche says that with the help of Launch Control, the latest Panamera reaches 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top track speed of 190 mph (306 km/h). If you are considering owning this impressive vehicle, your wallet will be relieved to know that even with such performance, fuel consumption is expected to remain comparable to the Panamera Turbo that has a U.S. EPA rating of 15 mpg city (15.7 L per 100km) and 23 mpg highway (10.2 L per 100km) (18 mpg (13.1 L per 100km) combined.) Official EPA-certified fuel economy figures will not be available until the car goes on sale in North America.
With an MSRP of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery and destination, you might be please to know that a number of key driving-dynamic control systems come standard in the Panamera Turbo S. One example is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) which is an active anti-roll system that significantly reduces lateral body movement during cornering. The system enhances stability, handling, and overall occupant comfort. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard and works to help ensure superior traction and higher-performance cornering by applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear differential lock. Also standard is Porsche’s advanced speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system, a sport exhaust system, and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that further tunes the engine and suspension at the touch of the “Sports Plus” button.
No major changes were made to the chassis. The rear track has been engorged with new 20-inch Turbo II wheels, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range have been added, and the adaptive four way extending rear spoiler express, according to Porsche, the car’s elite performance abilities. We invite you to come out for a test drive (link to test drive form) to see for yourself. Inside, bi-coloured leather finishes in black and cream is exclusive to the Turbo S as well as agate grey and cream which will be added as an exclusive option later this year. Agate Grey Metallic will also be an exclusive exterior colour.
The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in North America later this spring. Contact us if you would like to be notified when it arrives in our showrooms.