Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

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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.

Source: Autobild

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

Anderson Germany already amazed us with some impressive tuning packages - Gallardo Balboni orFerrari California are just two examples. And the latest one they have revealed for the Porsche Panamera is no exception. The package is based on the Panamera 4S version and includes interior and exterior updates, but also a significant 85 HP power increase.

Called Black Edition, the Anderson Panamera is all about black color, on both exterior and interior. The exterior is colored in a complete satin black painting combined with a new set of 22" wheels painted in black with red-painted brake calipers. On the interior the package adds carbon leather and black Alcantara with red trim and diamond seams.

For the engine update, Anderson Germany is offering an exhaust system with Rennkats and software optimization. Both of them offer an increase from a total of 400 to 485 HP.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera by Anderson Germany.

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.


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