Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

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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.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche is already preparing a facelift for the Panamera luxury sedan. The car has been caught testing many times, but this time the car was caught testing with almost no camouflage. Our spy photographers caught both standard and Turbo version, so you can easily see the changes featured on both models.

As you can see, the revised Panamera will receive new headlamps and taillights, plus redesigned front and rear bumpers. Porsche will also redesign the interior with improved materials and new technologies.

We expect some upgrades regarding the engine and transmission, so you can expect the new Panamera to deliver improved fuel economy and better performance. Rumors suggest 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.

We expect the new Porsche Panamera to be unveiled in April 2013.

Porsche Panamera

It’s been a while since we brought you any news on the revised Porsche Panamera , but today the car has been caught during cold-weather testing. The prototype caught testing today dropped more of its camouflage, offering us a good look at the new rear lights.

The second-generation Panamera is still years away, so a slightly sleeker shape and different graphics on the current model freshen it up enough to keep us satisfied for the next few years. We have included a photo where you can compare the old and new design, but of course you’ll need a keen eye to notice the differences.

It has also been rumored that the revised version of the Panamera will get a front end inspired by the Sport Turismo Concept , so our fingers are crossed!

Rumors also suggest that the updated 4S version will drop the current V-8 engine in favor new, twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will deliver about 420 horsepower - an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model.

German aftermarket specialist, Regula Exclusive, was recently featured in our pages for their work on the Audi R8 . Turns out, they were building another program, this time for the Porsche Panamera .

Comprised of an aero package that makes use of high-quality flexible polyester-polyurethane mixture and an impressive power upgrade, Regula Exclusive’s program for the Panamera makes great use of the materials they’ve been given. It’s a really cool program, if you ask us.

Talking about the former, the components for the aero program include a replacement front bumper with large air intakes, aggressive side skirts, and a new rear bumper that’s been constructed with air outlets and an integrated diffuser section. Pricing for the aero program begins at €7,594 ($10,134 at the current exchange rates) with an all carbon-fiber version available for an extra €1,500 ($2,001).

Under its hood, Regula Exclusive remapped the ECU software of the Panamera, bumping up the output of the luxury saloon’s 4.8-liter V-8 engine from 500 horsepower to 605 horsepower for just €1,698 ($2,266).

Finally, the Panamera was fitted with 22-inch Schmidt Revolution CC-Line alloy wheels, putting a resounding conclusion to an aftermarket program that really hit us on a lot of spots.

Panamera Sport Turismo Concept made its official debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and now Porsche has unveiled a new video presenting the design process behind this exclusive concept car.

In this video you will be watching designers Michael Mauer and Mitja Borkert to Porsche’s R&D center in Weissach. They are explaining the development process of the Panamera Sport Turismo. You will learn about every step needed to transform a clay model into the concept you have seen in Paris.

As a reminder, the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers a total of 428 horsepower and allows the concept to go from zero to 62 mph in less than six seconds. It can be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 80 mph and can cover distances of over 18 miles. But before you’ll get to excited you have to know Porsche has no intention in offering a production version of this concept.

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Since this 4-door beauty was unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, people who were impressed by the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo have been craving for some news about it.

To restrain your craving, Porsche has released a video that provides some perspective on the design and development of the concept from a showpiece to an actual, working concept. Finally, at long last...

The Panamera Sport Turismo is a very interesting concept because of its design and drivetrain. We’re not huge fans of the shooting brake form, but with one glance of it and we suddenly are in love with this. This is what the Panamera should’ve looked like in the first place.

The e-hybrid system, which is undergoing real-world tests, is said to be an advanced development of the setup found in the current Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. Said to produce 428 horsepower combined, the Panamera sure is one powerful hybrid.

Who said hybrids aren’t fun?

With the tests going smoothly, Porsche might surprise us with the launch of the production model in 2013. Nevertheless, we all can’t wait to see what the Panamera Sport Turismo has in store for us.

If you’ve ever been to Ireland, you know that it’s a fantastic country to visit. The people are awesome, the alcohol’s terrific, and it’s home to aftermarket specialist Onyx Tuning.

That last part is the focus of our attention, as said Irish tuning firm has just released its latest program for the Porsche Panamera . This program includes a number of aerodynamic stages. The Stage One body kit has a host of new components, including: new bumpers, rear spoiler, carbon fiber diffuser, modified side skirts, extended wheel arches, custom exhaust tips and new daytime running lights. Should the Stage One program tickle your fancy, it’ll set you back $16,999.

In the event you want a little more, the Stage Two package will net you a ventilated "SuperSport" hood, front fender vents, a roof-mounted fin, and carbon fiber mirror caps, all for a total of $23,599.

Additional aesthetic modifications are also being offered, highlighted by a bespoke paint finish, carbon door handles, and a set of 22-inch forged alloy wheels. Inside, the program comes with a quilted leather interior, a sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, and lamb’s wool floor mats.

Last but certainly not least, Onyx Concept will present a choice of engine upgrades. Details have yet to be released on this part, but the company is estimating a 620-horsepower output for the Panamera Turbo — up from 500 horsepower — and 350 horsepower for the Panamera Diesel — a 100-horsepower increase from the standard model’s 250-horsepower output.

UPDATE 12/20/12: Onyx Concept has officially revealed a new batch of photos for their Porsche Panamera Onyx GST program. Check them out in the gallery below!

We are getting closer and closer to the official launch date of the 2012 SEMA Show, so the number of packages announced for the event keeps growing. The newest kit is from Misha Design and it’s a very cool GTM body kit based on a Porsche Panamera provided by JC Custom.

The GTM kit will actually be available in two options: a GTM kit for the regular Panamera body and another kit with wide body rear fender flares. The rest of the kit will be the same regardless of the width chosen. It will include a new front bumper with a gloss black lip and large air intakes, new front wings, new side skirts, flared rear arches, a big rear diffuser, a new roof spoiler, and a new decklid spoiler.

The final version of the Panamera will be painted by JC Customs in a matte gray metallic, not the white seen in these preliminary images. The gray finish will then be combined with a new set of 22" Govanna MECCA wheels provided by WTW Corp and new tailpipes.

More details on the Porsche Panamera GTM by Misha Designs will be released during the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, so stay tuned!

The second generation Panamera is still a few years away, so until it debuts, we’ll have to take solace in the many iterations Porsche is providing of the current model. One of them is the special Platinum Edition based on both the Panamera and Panamera 4 versions. This special edition will go on sale at the end of November 2012 at a starting price of $80,500.

The new Panamera Platinum Edition will be distinguished by selected design features in Platinum Silver on the air-inlet grille lamellas, lower half of the side view mirrors, the trim on the trunk lid, the rear diffuser, and on the air vent grille on the side. The final touch a special set of 19-inch Panamera Turbo alloy wheels with the red, black, and gold Porsche crest.

For the interior, this special edition gets an exclusive part-leather interior package and a number of other color and material combinations.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

No one except the top guns at Porsche really know whether the newly released Panamera Sport Turismo Concept will ever reach production or not. That said, if you are a fan of its styling cues, particularly the headlights and taillights (which we definitely are), you are in for a good surprise. Porsche has just announced that these cues will be transferred to the entire Porsche lineup.

If you hadn’t noticed already, the two styles already exist in the sport car builder’s lineup, as the taillights are derived from the 911 and the headlights are obviously slightly modified mockups of the new Boxster’s headlights. This smashup of the two styles, according to Matthias Müller’s interview with Motor Trend, will see first production life on the Porsche Macan , and will be carried to other models from there.

In the same interview, Müller also confirmed that the plug-in hybrid drivetrain that we saw in the Sport Turismo concept will see production sooner rather than later. It will debut in the Panamera next year and then appear in the Cayenne in 2014. There is no confirmation on whether the impressive 428 horsepower will carry over too, but we think it’s safe to assume it will.

To say the least, it looks like Porsche is ready to revolutionize the supercar and sports car arenas once again with these coming additions and we are excited to see how the dominos fall. Add in the fact that the 918 Spyder will soon hit the market and you can color us flat-out excited to see how the Porsche lineup evolves in coming years. These changes are exactly what Porsche has needed for many years and avoided in the past out of what we can only assume is a fear of change.

Keep it up, Porsche, we love it!

Source: Motor Trend

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