Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

When Porsche launched the Panamera, we were a little shocked, but the novelty has quickly worn off and we are now pretty much indifferent about it. The biggest issue that makes the Panamera such an afterthought is the fact that it’s not really cool. Sure it’s a sedan, but sedans can still be pretty bad-ass (see: Tesla Model S ,Ford Taurus SHO , etc.)

Germany’s No Limit Custom, a motorcycle customization shop, has shifted its focus from building awesome bikes to modifying sports cars. One of its newest models released is a modification kit to the Porsche Panamera, which it dubbed the GP-970. NLC claims this kit fits every style of Panamera to date: the Panamera , Panamera S, Panamera S Hybrid , Panamera 4/4S , Panamera GTS , Panamera Turbo, and Panamera Turbo S .

For the most part, the GP-970 kit is only to increase the appearance and aerodynamics of the already relatively powerful Panamera. As with many body kits, there is a fine line between improving the car and completely ruining it, which is what we need to take a look at.

To find out if NLC is part of the former or latter group, you’re going to have to click past the jump.

German tuner, Hamann , has seen its fair share of luxury vehicles in their headquarters, but every once in awhile, they have to pay a second visit to a previous model. This is the case with the Porsche Panamera Turbo . Their first "Cyrano " package was unveiled at the 2011 Essen Motor Show, but it only came with an output of 580 HP and 604 lb-ft of torque. Now, the German tuner has upgraded the package even further so that the Cyrano delivers a total of 603 HP and 641 lb-ft of torque.

With this impressive upgrade, the new Cyrano will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and up to 124 mph in 12.6 seconds. If equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, the Cyrano will go from 0 to 60 mph in jut 3.7 seconds and to 124 mph in 12.4 seconds, on its way up to an impressive top speed of 195 mph.

Aside from the power boost, the Panamera has also been completely redesigned to offer better aerodynamics. The front has been completely revamped thanks to the addition of larger air intakes, a redesigned bonnet made of carbon fiber, and perfectly integrated daytime running lights. For the side of the sports sedan, the tuner added new side skirts, while the rear of the vehicle received a special diffuser rear apron and a new sports exhaust system with dual tailpipes. A new set of 22" wheels combined with special suspensions or a lowering module for the air suspension completes the package.

The interior combines the finest leathers, with an aluminum pedal system, Alcantara, and an array of carbon fiber elements.

Now that Mercedes has officially launched their new Shooting Brake, a few more automakers have announced their interest in developing such a model. The first rumors suggested that McLaren would bring a MP4-12C Shooting Brake , but now German magazine Autobild suggests that Porsche will also be offering a Panamera Shooting Brake version as a direct response to the recently announced Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake .

Before getting too excited about this, know that such a model wouldn’t arrive until the next generation 2015 Panamera, which would mean that a Shooting Brake version wouldn’t arrive until 2016.

The Panamera Shooting Brake will address those customers who are looking for the same level of luxury offered in the Panamera, but with a little more practicality. The Shooting Brake version will be identical to its sedan version, except of course for its wider shoulders and the larger trunk. Porsche will also be working on making the next Panamera lighter than the current model, so expect its total curb weight to drop about 330 lbs. The model will also be switched to Volkswagen’s new Modular Standard Platform and will adopt a series of more fuel efficient engines.

Source: Autobild
Porsche Panamera Turbo S

When you pay a lot of money for a brand new car, you don’t expect to have any problems with it at all. In the real world, however, bad things can happen, even for high performance vehicles from Porsche . The Stuttgart based company has announced a pretty serious recall for their Panamera and Cayenne Turbo models (all 2012 Cayenne models and Panamera Turbo and Turbo S models from 2011 and 2012), to the tune of 270 US units.

The recall was issued because the turbine wheels from the turbocharging system may fracture under certain conditions. Such a fracture can cause a chain reaction in which the turbine shaft cracks, oil is sucked into the exhaust system causing smoke, and possibly a fire.

The problem was detected when a series of fires started in Syria in October and later on a racetrack. During some X-ray inspection, Porsche discovered a series of 37 worldwide failures of the turbine wheels, including three in the U.S.

Porsche is advising the clients with the affected vehicles to take them to the nearest dealership where they will have the turbine replaced, at what we are assuming is free of charge.

In its standard version the Porsche Panamera Diesel is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine that delivers a total of 250 HP. Good, but not very impressive for a luxury sedan like this. So, this is where the German tuner TechArt comes into focus. The tuner has just unveiled a pretty cool tuning package that increases the output from 250 HP to 280 HP (a 30 HP increase). Peak torque goes from 405 lbs-ft to 442 lbs-ft.

For 2,490 euro (or $3,130 at the current exchange rates) clients will get an ECU upgrade and a Techtronic system. As a result the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 153 mph.

The tuner is not offering any exterior or interior upgrades for the car, but the Panamera looks pretty cool from factory and it needs no changes to be made.

Porsche Panamera

Our spy photographers have already caught the facelift version of the Porsche Panamera testing a few times, but until we believed that the luxury sedan will only be modified on the exterior. However, the British magazine Car reports that important changes will also be made under the hood.

It seems that Porsche decided to drop the V8 engine found in the Panamera 4s in favor of a new, high-performance 3.0-litre V6. This new engine will come with twin-turbo capacity and will deliver an impressive 420 HP - a 20 HP increase over the current model.

The new Panamera will also get Audi’s new V8 TDI diesel engine. This decision should not be such a surprise considering the Panamera is quite a hit on the European market.

The new Panamera facelift will arrive in April 2013 and prepares the path for the second generation Panamera that will arrive in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Source: CAR

The Porsche Panamera is one of those cars that’s a little tricky to make body kits for. Pegged as a luxury sports saloon, tuners have to be wary of being a tad aggressive on giving the Panamera a makeover that loses the car’s high-class luster. Fortunately, German Special Customs managed to dodge that proverbial land line with their latest offering, the Panamera Turbo Nighthawk.

GSC’s Nighthawk program offers a simple yet classy body kit for the Panamera, one that’s careful not to go overboard with any of its components. The body kit is comprised of a new front spoiler lip, a vented carbon fiber hood, new side gills, sport side skirts, a modified rear diffuser, a far spoiler, and last but certainly not least, a new quad exhaust system.

With the new components fitted into the Panamera Turbo, GSC went with a matte gray finish on the car’s body, creating a visual chemistry of matte gray and carbon fiber that doesn’t exactly blow up our eyes in a hue of rainbow colors.

Such programs are what looks great for a car like the Porsche Panamera Turbo. If it were any other Porsche’s , say a 911, then we wouldn’t mind if the color looked more visually eye-catching. But this set-up works for the Panamera Turbo and certainly, we’re fans of what GSC managed to do to the German sports saloon.

Porsche Pajun

It seems like it was just last week that we were reporting that Porsche was officially announcing the Pajun . Oh, that’s because it was just last week, but now Porsche is reneging on its upcoming plans to add in an entry-level performance sedan. In an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller made it quite clear that the Pajun is not a certainty, yet.

Per Automotive News, Mueller stated that the Pajun is in no way a done deal and might arrive in five to six years. The words “might arrive” are dripping with uncertainty and leave all of us pretty much standing around wondering what’s going on. Being car folks, we understand that Porsche needs to be very careful with its fan base, so we get it that they are a little secretive at this time.

Many enthusiasts did not take to well to the Panamera’s release a few years ago and they certainly had their voices heard. Placing a vehicle below it may cause a complete uproar in the Porsche world, so it is best for Mueller to be as indecisive as possible with this potential launch.

One car that was undeniably axed in the same interview was a smaller entry-level roadster. This sub-Boxster , or baby Boxster as many were calling it, was completely eliminated, as Mueller stated "We would do no good to the brand if we were to lose traditional Porsche customers" when he was asked by Stuttgarter Zeitung about the baby Boxster project.

So for all of you fresh grads dreaming of a smaller and cheaper version of the Boxster as a graduation present, you can forget about it. For those that were hoping for a sports sedan under the Panamera, we’ll just have to take the old wait-and-see approach.

The 2012 Top Marques Monaco is only days away from opening, and we’re now getting a good look at some of the tuning programs that we’re going to see in the annual auto spectacle.

One tuning company that always has a presence at this auto show is Top Car. This year, they’re presenting a couple of vehicles, one of which is the Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR . As part of the program, the Russian tuner dressed up this Panamera - the 7th model in a 25-piece run - in a blue and carbon black color scheme and added a slew of new components made out of high-quality carbon fiber and kevlar. The components include a front and rear bumper set, a new carbon fiber bonnet, front and rear fender extenders, front and rear door panels, and new side skirts. As far as the interior is concerned, TopCar added carbon fiber accents to go with plenty of Nappa leather treatment.

Power upgrades are also part of the program, and while Top Car didn’t elaborate on what kind of modification the car will have, we do know that the end game is an output of 700 horsepower.

All told, the conversion will set you back €47,765 - $62,280 at the current rates - for the carbon fiber parts and €41,315 - $53,900 at the current rates - without the carbon parts. It sounds a little ridiculous to pay that much for a tuning program, but if you have the funds for it, you can enjoy all that carbon fiber goodness, courtesy of Top Car.

Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche ’s only turbo engines are found in the 911 Turbo , the Cayenne Turbo , and the Panamera Turbo , but that all may change soon. Porsche is planning on replacing natural aspiration with turbocharging in a series of other models, including the model set to carry the previously rumored four-cylinder engine .

These new turbo engines will have the advantage of delivering more horse power, as well as reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The car will also be equipped with a turbo engine that will sound completely different, which certainly matters when comparing sports cars.

In an interview with Dutch magazine, Autovisie, a Porsche technician offered a few more details on this upcoming technology: "Turbos are purely for improving the performance and are still only used on the top models. But the combination between smaller engines and turbocharging is a very promising way to lower the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Because of these two factors we will be offering turbo engines in models below the top series in the future. A four-cylinder boxer engine with a turbo is conceivable. But as before, the name 911 Turbo will only be for the model with the highest level of performance used."

We’ll see if we can dig up more information to pass along, so stay tuned!

Image above is a rendering of the 2013 Porsche 911/991 Turbo .


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