Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

We’ve gotten accustomed to some pretty intense tuning work done on the Porsche Panamera so it was a little surprising that the latest aftermarket company to make a program for the sports sedan erred on the side of subtlety.

German tuner, Schmidt Revolution, used a Panamera 4S for its latest work, using a software optimization to bump up the output of the sport saloon’s 4.8-liter V8 engine from 400 horsepower and 368 lb/ft of torque up to 425 horsepower and 394 lb/ft of torque. Schmidt Revolution also lowered the car’s ride height by 40mm while also putting in a set of 22” alloy wheels wrapped in 265/30 R22 tires at the front and 305/25 R22 tires at the back. According to the German tuning company, an elaborate interior program, complete with bespoke leathers and trim, is also in the woodwork, although details are being withheld for a later date.

From what we know, pricing for the disclosed options are as follows: €990 ($1,443) for the engine upgrade, €390 ($568) for the suspension module, and €4,900 ($7,141) for the wheel-and-tire set-up.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details of Schmidt Revolution’s program for the Porsche Panamera become available.

In the process of rebuilding their tuning empire after the devastating loss of Gemballa founder, Uwe Gemballa , the company has arrived at the 2011 Top Marques Monaco with two new packages: the Tornado based on the new Cayenne and the 2011 Mistrale based on the Panamera sedan. Both models are defined by the most impressive design, cutting edge technology and the finest materials.

For the Mistrale, Gemballa is offering two stages of engine updates. In stage one, the twin-turbo V8 engine has been tuned to deliver 610 HP and a peak torque of 626 lbs-ft. Stage two takes power to a more incredible 700 HP and 737 HP. This significant output is achieved through the use of larger turbochargers, a modified intake system, high efficiency intercoolers, sports exhaust, free-flow catalytic converters and bespoke ECU remapping.

"We have significantly reduced weight, but without compromising strength, safety or comfort," explained Andreas Schwarz, CEO of GEMBALLA GmbH. "Rather than cutting into the steel panels and bonding on new parts, as is common in the aftermarket industry, we completely replace entire panels with bespoke carbon-fiber ones that use the original mounting points," he said. "These new panels, which include the bonnet, front wings, doors, front and rear bumper/valance, save a total of 70kg."

With popularity comes a certain level of expectation reserved only for those that have established a fan base all their own. British tuning firm, Project Kahn , has become one of the most popular aftermarket companies in the world with the man behind the outfit, Afzal Kahn, leading the way.

Fans of Project Kahn are a very discerning group so it’s not easy to just throw a package around and hope it goes over well with its fans. For a Project Kahn program, it has to be well thought out and extensively worked on. Sort of what the British tuning firm did with this Porsche Panamera . Now this is something fans of Project Kahn will love.

Just like most of their recent projects, the British tuning firm focused all their attention exclusively on giving the Panamera one of the best and stealthiest exterior and interior upgrades we’ve seen in the luxury Porsche sports car.

One thing Kahn and the boys do well is improve the design dynamics of the car without going a tad overboard with the improvements. Whereas other aftermarket companies prefer to follow the style of ’shock and awe’, Project Kahn is a lot more subdued than that, opting for knocking your socks off with classy improvements mixed with aggressive design touches.

Works for us.

Details on the Porsche Panamera RS600 after the jump.

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The recently launched Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is headed to the big time as Porsche has just announced that Jimmy Johnson’s number 48, Chad Knauss will have the pleasure of lapping the sports sedan during the Sprint Cup.

According to the email we received, Johnson said he needed an edge to beat out Kyle Busch and his Toyota Camry and he thought the Panamera S Hybrid would be the way to go. The Panamera would be further prepared to tackle the circuits with the use of the Sports Intelligence Performance Hybrid running gear borrowed from the GT3 RS and 918 Race Lab and a V8/KERS system developed with Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

Johnson commented on this decision by saying that "having Porsche on the grid will get people excited about something, ANYthing, that he does and will hopefully erase some of his reputation of being boring. ’Maybe.’"

If you haven’t guessed by now, this is 100% an April Fool’s joke. Did they get ya?

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Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.

That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.

Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars.

Just when we were starting to get used to the idea of a Porsche sedan to go along with the small family of SUVs produced by the German automaker, they go ahead and start working on another rendition that may leave us scratching our heads.

Rumors on the web suggest that Porsche is working on a junior version of their Panamera which will resemble the relationship the Cajun has to the Cayenne . They might have even come up with a name for it. Unoriginally so, the future "baby" Panamera may be called...wait for it...the Pajun (Panamera Junior).

The future Porsche Pajun will follow along the design lines of the Panamera, but with smaller proportions. It will also feature its six-and eight-cylinder gasoline engines, as well as the hybrid and six-cylinder diesel options. Power will range from 400 to 560 hp, with the diesel coming in at about 300 hp. Prices for the future model will start from about 60,000 euro or about $85,000 at the current exchange rates.

As of right now, there isn’t an official configuration from Porsche on the so-called Pajun, but they have confirmed a convertible version for the Panamera due out in 2012. Let’s just hope that, if the "baby" Panamera does make it, it comes with a better name.

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If earlier today BMW announced their 1-Series M Coupe Safety Car for the Moto GP events, Porsche announced that a Panamera will also be used as a Safety Car, but this time for the 2011 American Le Mans Series. The safety car is of course based on the most powerful version - the Turbo, a model powered by a 4.8-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 500 HP. While all we have on the car is a first image, we expect to see several modifications made in order to adopt the car’s specifications to the racing series.

"The Porsche Panamera gives us an official safety car unmatched in motorsports," Ed Triolo, ALMS VP of Marketing and Brand Devel Devel opment said. "This reinforces the commitment and partnership between the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and Porsche, one of the world’s greatest sports cars that has had extraordinary success in the ALMS and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. It is a perfect fit."

Here we are again. Another German tuning company, DMC, has taken its own stab at a Porsche Panamera , giving the popular flagship sedan a performance and aerodynamic package that keeps in line with the company’s vision of designing ‘simple yet dynamic’ tuning programs.

Among the additions given to the body of the Panamera are a new carbon fiber front lip spoiler, carbon fiber side grills, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. All three parts not only give the Panamera aerodynamic improvements, but also showcases a more aggressive Porsche sports sedan.

In terms of performance, DMC took the sports car’s 4.8-liter twin-turbo engine and bumped up the output from its standard 500 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 580 horsepower and 605 lb/ft of torque, courtesy of an OEM integrated sports button.

The changes aren’t as drastic or overwhelming as what we’ve seen from other tuners, but where DMC lacks in flair and pizzazz, it certainly makes up with a no-nonsense approach that gives the Panamera the aerodynamic and performance improvements it needs to become more powerful and look more aggressive than a standard Panamera.

A ripple of excitement began a few days ago when Porsche first announced that they would be bringing a new hybrid model to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. There were plenty of models we would have liked to see clutching on to a hybrid engine setup. In fact, we were expecting an alligator-sized model to be causing this movement in the water, but instead, it seems we are getting more of a stray leaf than a full-blown animal. When the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors in March, Porsche will be unmasking their new Panamera S Hybrid. Oh joy (insert sarcasm here).

It’s not a secret that many of us don’t exactly share the same enthusiasm for the Porsche luxury sedan as does Porsche or any of the sedan’s owners. We simply can’t understand why Porsche would create a speedy family-carrying sedan. That being said, there are many fans of the Panamera out there and we guess that keeping up with the times and going green would be the next logical step.

The new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is will be getting all of its powertrain and technological cues from the Cayenne S Hybrid. Under the hood, we’ll find a 3.0 liter V6 compressor engine with an output of 333 HP combined with an electric motor that adds an extra 47 HP. With this hybrid system, the Panamera will deliver a fuel economy of 39.79 mpg.

The new model will go on sale this June, with prices in the US market prices starting from $ 95,000.

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

In the short time that it has been out on the market, the Porsche Panamera has evolved into one of the brand’s most popular models. So much so, in fact, that Porsche is already working on producing an extended wheelbase version to cater to those who have been clamoring for one.

Details behind the extended wheelbase version of the Panamera are still a little murky at this point, but with demand in the US and China for an extended Panamera in the uptick – at least according to Porsche’s research department - the German automaker could be looking into breaking into a market that already features luminaries like the Audi A8 L , the Mercedes S-Class , and the BMW 740Li .

In the event that an extended Panamera gets the green light for production, you can expect it to stretch all the way up to the 120-inch range, up from the current Panamera’s length of 115 inches.

The release of the extended wheelbase version of the Panamera is still being pegged down the road - possibly around 2012 - so don’t expect it anytime soon. Having said that, customers that have been demanding for a longer Panamera should be happy knowing that Porsche is definitely listening to their client’s requests. Sooner or later, their demand for an extended wheelbase Porsche Panamera will come to life.

Source: Autoweek

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