Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

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Porsche is further expanding its Panamera lineup with the addition of a new Turbo S version, that is more powerful and more luxurious than any other model in the lineup. It is offered in two version — Turbo S and Turbo S Executive — and will make its world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show .

When compared to a Panamera Turbo , the new Turbo S version delivers an extra 50 horsepower, meaning that it will eat up track a little faster than the Turbo. What’s more, the new Turbo S is 11 percent more fuel efficient than the 2013 Turbo S model.

With the new Executive version, professional that do a lot of work in the back of their car can enjoy extra legroom, thanks to a 15 cm (5.9-inch) wheelbase increase.

On the U.S. market the new Turbo S is priced from $180,300 and the Executive version from $200,500.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.

When it comes to unheralded tuning firms, one company that can lay claim to being underrated is Prior Design.

Sure, it doesn’t have the kind of performance modifications you’d expect from an aftermarket name as visible as Prior Design, but when it comes to aero upgrades, this company knows what it’s talking about — and then some.

One of its latest works is for the stunning Porsche Panamera , the German automaker’s luxury sports saloon. Since it first entered production a few years ago, the Panamera has become one of the most popular Porsche models in the market, and those that already have one to call their own should pay careful attention to Prior Design’s new PRIOR600 body kit.

The kit is as comprehensive as anything Prior Design has done in the past. The company also made use of a Dura-Flex Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a material that’s characterized by an excellent surface finish, providing sufficient flexibility with high stability that should improve the Panamera’s handling characteristics.

A new front bumper is one of the highlights of the PRIOR600 program, completely retooling the Panamera’s looks, while also adding a larger grille that sends more air to the engine. The rear bumper is also new, serving equal purpose as its front counterpart, while a new hood, side skirts and a rear spoiler round out all the aero changes Prior gave the German brand’s resident luxury vehicle.

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A luxury limousine needs no explanation. For many buyers, is the only type of car on the market they will consider. Transporting themselves, family members and business colleagues in comfort and luxury is the name of the game.

It is much more than comfort for these affluent clients, or we would see American businessmen lapping up the Chevy Impala or Toyota Avalon like they do stock options in a venture capital-backed, start-up company.

No, for these buyers - it is either a professionally-driven car service or it must be the something extremely luxurious and "on brand." In other words, something these fancy folks think matches their lifestyle, clothing, accessories, vacation spots and what-have-you.

The luxury sedans on this list start at about $65,000 and go way up from there. These limos need to be huge in the back seat, ruling out the BMW 5 Series , Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 from contention.

So, let’s talk big. A back seat so roomy that you can read the full newspaper and cross your legs. For that, it will take the size of the Audi A7 at minimum, and up to the Rolls-Royce Ghost LWB at maximum.

Click Pass the jump for the full list of the Top-Ten Luxury Sedans.

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What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan ? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo ’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW , Mercedes, Lexus , Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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With the new generation Porsche Panamera launched on the market, German tuner TechArt prepared a new GrandGT package. Official debut will be made next month at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and customers can order it shortly after.

As with the previous version, the GrandGT package is about changing every aspect of the car, starting with the exterior look and up to the engine under the hood. As usual, the most important changes were made under the hood where the tuner added an intelligent TechArt engine management system Techtronic that will increase the engine’s power up to 580 horsepower in the Turbo version (up from the standard 520 horsepower).

Next to the extra power, TechArt is also offering a completely revised exterior look thanks to the addition of a new aerodynamic kit made in lightweight fibre composite of carbon and polyurethane RIM. Customers can also opt for a wide range of wheels and of course numerous interior updates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera GrandGT by TechArt.

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After the new generation Porsche Panamera made its world debut at the 2013 Auto China in Shanghai, the new diesel version of the luxury sedan will be unveiled next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . When compared to the previous generation, the new Panamera Diesel delivers an extra 50 horsepower and is both faster and more fuel efficient.

Next to the more powerful engine, the revised Panamera Diesel will adopt the same design language we have seen in the gasoline version. It will get a revised front fascia with redesigned headlights and larger air intakes and for the rear, a wider spoiler and redesigned taillights. As usual, no changes were made on the interior.

The new generation Panamera Diesel will be put on sale in January 2014 at a starting price of €85,300 - about $113,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Everyone was expecting to see a revised version for the Panamera luxury sedan, but Porsche decided to call it "the second generation." The model will make its world debut at the 2013 Auto China in Shanghai and will be put on sale later in July.

The second-generation Panamera adds a new S E-Hybrid model to the lineup, plus two new luxurious Executive versions. Also, 4 and 4S models get an all-new engine to help increase efficiency while not killing its performance.

Updates made to the exterior are inspired by the new-generation Porsche 911 . Up front, we will see more prominent lines, larger air intakes and redesigned headlights. For the rear, the model will add a wider spoiler and redesigned rear lights.

Update 04/02/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Update 08/09/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new promo video unveiling the design process behind the new generation Panamera luxury sedan.

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Back in 2011, British tuner Kahn Design was unveiling the first tuning kit based on the Porsche Panamera . Now, once Porsche has unveiled the second generation Panamera , the tuner decided to offer a new tuning kit for the first generation. Based on the V6 Diesel version, the new Supersport tuning kit is priced at £68,875 ($104,486 at the current exchange rates).

As usual, the tuner started the work with an exterior kit that includes vented front and rear wide wheel arches with integrated rear air dams and a lower boot wing inspired by the classic 911 turbo style tail. As standard feature the kit is offering LED day time running lights for front wheel arch vents and Kahn enamel tailgate logo. The model sits on new 22-inch RSR wheels combined with brake calipers finished in liquid gold and sports lowered suspension springs.

For the interior the package adds front and rear seats in quilted and perforated black leather with grey Alcantara inserts, Alcantara sport steering wheel, piano black interior trim and floor mats.

Click past the jump to read more about the Panamera Diesel

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Today, Porsche decided to surprise us with the unveiling of the first details on the second-generation Panamera . While most of us were waiting to see some minor modifications applied to the current generation, Porsche considered bigger updates were required.

The most important update offered by the second-generation Panamera is given by the introduction of a new S E-Hybrid model that according to Porsche "sets new standards in efficiency, performance and operating convenience."

In the new S E-Hybrid model Porsche combines a 3.0 liter V-6 engine with a more powerful electric motor and a higher-performance battery. This system allows the Panamera to run in pure electric mode a total of 22 miles and can be driven to speeds up to 83 mph. The car’s electric motor can be recharged externally from the electrical grid, but also using energy recovery while braking.

Updated 07/08/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new video revealing the technical highlights behind the new Panamera S E-Hybrid. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

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Porsche Panamera

The test season at the Nürburgring is now officially opened and it looks like Porsche has been among the first automakers to take its model on the `Ring for some testing sessions. Our spy photographers have caught the revised Panamera out a spin and, as with the previously seen prototype, it wears almost no camouflage.

On the exterior, the Panamera will get new headlamps and taillights, plus redesigned front and rear bumpers. For the interior, Porsche will add improved materials and new technologies.

As for the engine lineup, you shouldn’t expect any major updates, but it has been rumored that the 4S version will drop the current V-8 engine in favor of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will deliver about 420 horsepower - an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model — at some point in the future.

Expect the revised Panamera to be unveiled sometime next month.

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