For a car that has many Porsche enthusiasts up in arms, the Porsche Panamera isn’t scaring away any tuners from modifying the luxury sports sedan inside and out. We’ve seen kits from Mansory, Vorsteiner, Edo Competition, and many more, but we have a feeling that none of these tuning kits will hold a candle to the amount of carbon fiber that is juts oozing out og TechArt’s new kit for the Panamera.
Dressed in head to toe carbon fiber, TechArt’s Porsche Panamera GrandGT is nothing short of CB heaven. We’re talking a new front apron with a front grill insert and splitter, a rear diffuser, the gurney flap of the dominant rear spoiler, and the air ducts at the flanks of the car all made up of this highly touted material. The use of carbon fiber has lead to an impressive dimensional stability, great strength, and a low intrinsic weight.
The same carbon fiber overhaul was also brought into the interior with the dashboard and the door panels, as well as the center console panels and the illuminated door entry guards all dressed to impress with the same carbon fiber.
Since it seems that carbon fiber was the only way to go for this tuning project, we didn’t really expect any engine modifications at this point. However, if we had our way, we’d bring back the engine mod done on the last TechArt Grand GT. That kit brought out 571 ponies and 830 Nm of torque, which would complete this carbon fiber package rather nicely.
Luxury tuner, Mansory, is taking another stab at Porsche’s odd little sedan with a new tuning package for the Porsche Panamera coming out of one of their most important dealers: PrestigeCars.ae. Right off the bat, anyone can see that the brightest addition to the special edition Panamera Mansory Bright Yellow Edition is that luminous yellow exterior paint job, but what we can’t see without hopping in and taking it for a drive is the impressive engine update provided for the sporty sedan.
The name says it all when talking about the exterior paint color, but another notable feature is the blue carbon fiber thrown into the mix. Yellow is then brought back with the new set of wheels painted in the sunny color. Thank goodness we are not tired of that color combo just yet as the tuner has also brought the same color design to the interior. Apparently this edition was created at the request of a client who wanted a special Panamera. All we have to say is that they definitely got what they asked for, and we expect what they paid plenty for as well.
Next to the Michigan-colored paint job, the Panamera also received larger turbo chargers and a stainless steel sports exhaust system that increase the engine’s power to a total of 690 HP and 800 NM. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in only four seconds and a top speed of 203 mph.
It may not be one of the most prestigious motoring shows in the world, but the Qatar Motor Show will still feature a steady diet of new vehicles that are going to be catching a lot of attention real soon. One automaker that’s already stamped its attendance at the event will be Porsche, and the German automaker is set to bring a special edition, limited-run model exclusively for its Middle Eastern clientele.
Ladies and gentlemen, get set to be introduced to the Porsche Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition. The special edition Panamera 4S will be exclusively sold in this region and will only be limited to 66 units. It’s not going to be one of those cars that we can just buy at any Porsche dealership in the Middle East so we can pretty much expect that this vehicle will be reserved for some of the power players in the region.
Speaking ahead of the car’s debut, Deesch Papke, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa, said: "This is a very special model introduction for us as it underlines the importance of our region. Porsche has never built a vehicle solely intended for the PME region before to meet the unique demands of our customers. We invite all Porsche aficionados to visit the Porsche stand at the Qatar Motor Show and use their chance to see the first of only 66 models worldwide."
Details on the Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Exclusive Edition after the jump.
Until Porsche will finally decide to bring a convertible version for the Panamera, tuners would like to offer us an idea on how a model like this might look like. This project however does not start its life as a Panamera, but as a Nissan 350Z Roadster. The conversion was made by Fairy Design and put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show.
With this project the owner wanted to create something unique that will catch attention at the show. For that simple mods like wheels, body kit and air ride were not enough. So he started to modify the 350Z starting with custom air brushed murals in the hood and side body panels, Panamera inspired headlamps, an impressive white exterior paint and a new set of wheels.
While we are not 100% we agree with his idea, we have to admit: the car is really an eye catcher, and for sure it got lots of attention in Tokyo.
Updated 11/08/2011: Apparently this guy is very proud of his work as be brought this strange looking Panamera in Las Vegas. While deciding on the worst tunings displayed at the SEMA Show, this is definitely one of the cars on our list. See the images we have added in the picture gallery and let us know if you agree.
When it comes about Edo Competition we are used to hear about tuning packages for supercar models. But this time the German tuner tried to play a little bit with the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Called Moby Dick, their package is mostly focused on improving the car’s performances, but the exterior and the interior also received a series of updates.
A standard Panamera Turbo is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine that develops a total of 500 HP. Not bad at all for a luxury sedan, but Edo Competition managed to squeeze an impressive 750 HP. For that the tuner made some ECU modifications and added a redesigned exhaust system with four large stainless steel exhaust tips and butterfly valves. With the new numbers, the Moby Dick will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and will hit a top speed of 211 mph.
The car sits on new 22 inch wheels and comes with a lowering module that offers precise handling and improves the vehicle’s dynamics. For the interior the tuner is offering any combination of leather, fabric, finest wood, lacquer, metal or carbon fiber surfaces.
Top Gear USA is starting to really come around as the US version of the famous car show heads towards the end of its very first season. Eventually we see the trio of Adam Ferrara, Ruttledge Wood, and Tanner Foust coming into their own and not constantly being compared to Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but that’s still a long ways off. The US hosts need to spend a lot more time in the hot seat before they can rid themselves of the constant criticism and ridicule. Nonetheless, we’re beginning to love the show and most of the hosts. Sorry to say, we still love to hate Adam Ferrara.
Episode Eight of Top Gear USA was just jam-packed with goodies, as Tanner and Ruttledge try to figure out if its faster to fly or drive from LA to Las Vegas, Bret Michaels takes a turn on the Top Gear test track, Rutt and Tanner review a Porsche Panamera Turbo and a BMW X6M, respectively.
Hit the jump to get all of the details on Top Gear’s eighth episode.
Tuning firms are great at providing kits that quench the desires of just about anyone wanting to get a little more speed and style. Not many kits are going to please everyone, so tuners often provide kits that start off small and then graduate to bigger and better. That’s the case with the kit provided for the Porsche PanameraStingray that Top Car revealed in March. This kit allowed the Panamera to jump to 542hp, but now the Russian tuners have created an even better tuning kit that brings that much more power for the speed hungry.
The Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR is only in its sketch phase, but from these pictures we can see a wider bodykit with a new front bumper, new vented hood, new side skirts, and a new rear with new sport exhaust system with four end pipes. A new set of alloy wheels also adds to the style of the Panamera. The main focus on this project will be to reduce the overall weight so more carbon fiber elements will be utilized on the exterior and interior to achieve this.
The main improvement for the vehicle will be made under the hood. While a standard Stingray develops 542 HP, the GTR version will go up to 600 HP. Now that’s more like it. Bring it on, Top Car!
N.Technology have been working hard on their latest version of the Panamera S Racecar, but it seems as if H&R are grabbing the reigns and providing the racer with their own set of modifications due to be unveiled at the Essen Motorshow in a few days time. This racing version of the Porsche Panamera is the only Panamera racing car in the world and it is also the only model able to secure the pole position three times, but H&R are apparently up for the challenge of making it even better.
The extra work on the Panamera racer can’t exactly be called "extensive" by any stretch of the word, but H&R did fit it with their superior suspension technology to better equip it to deal with the 4.8L V8 that is tucked nicely under the hood. Shooting out 500 ponies, this Panamera can now ride smooth and hug tight corners with the best of them.
Since this is a race car, the vehicle is covered in carbon components and racing livery. It is driven by well–known race driver Fabrizio Giovanardi as part of racing team "N. Technology." Some may have seen it make its way around the track, but the first and only racing Panamera can be seen for the first time up close and personal during the 2010 Essen Motorshow.
It seems that the new Porsche Panamera has created a real stir among tuners. Since its official launch we’ve seen an impressive number of tuning propositions from tuners all over the world, and we’ll most likely be seeing many more when the doors open at the Essen Motor Show on November 27th. One of those projects will be from Caractere Exclusive and Dynatech as they have teamed up in order to create a very impressive Panamera with some aerodynamic changes as well as an engine update.
In term of aerodynamics, the two tuners have added a front bumper complete with integrated lights, side skirts, a second spoiler, and a bumper with air scoops inserted. The car now sits on 22" CW1 wheels available in Graphite or Silver. The interior also got some minor attention in the form of carbon mouldings in various colors and different finishes.
As for the engine updates, Dynatech has made some ECU modifications and replaced the two original catalytic converters with two 200-cell sports catalytic converters. The result is an impressive 605 HP (up from standard 500) and a peak torque of 840 NM.
The Porsche Panamera by Caractere Exclusive & Dynatek reminds us a little of the Porsche Panamera GrandGT by TechArt. The GrandGT did receive a few more exterior additions, but the power - the most important part - fell short of what Caractere Exclusive & Dynatek have provided.
Time and again, we’ve seen our favorite supercars get bastardized by their owners who think that gold is the perfect color to put on their exotics. We’re not going to argue with these people if what they’re after is more attention than what the car already gets. If that’s the case, bling ‘em up!
Rarely do we see a gold-colored car that gets our approval. Sure, it catches our attention, but after looking at it long enough, we might as well have our eyes checked to make sure that we haven’t gone blind. There’s a way of making a gold car stand out without going overboard, and Royal Muffler seems to have gotten the message.
The California-based tuning shop took a red Porsche Panamera Turbo, took out the red paint, and dressed it up in a matte gold finish. Boom. Done. Instant classic.
It helps that they used matte gold on it instead of the shiny variety that leads to eye sores. In the end, the Panamera Turbo looks classier, sexier, and a whole lot more fun to drive.
To complete the whole set-up, Royal Muffler accentuated the matte gold bodywork by painting the brakes red, matching it with powder-coated wheels, installing smoked head lights, using H&R lowering springs, and putting in a fully-custom exhaust with a powder-coated quad tip.
Royal Muffler also made some performance upgrades on the Panamera Turbo, although information on that end has yet to be divulged.