Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Looks like Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that’s set to introduce a special-edition model that places emphasis on the U.S. market. German automaker Porsche has a plan to build an exclusive version of the Panamera later this year. Automobile is reporting that Porsche’s design arm, Porsche Exclusive, will be unveiling 100 units of a limited-edition Panamera , 30 of which are headed to the U.S.

Details are still sketchy on the extent of exclusivity this particular Panamera will have, but Automobile’s source indicates that the luxury saloon will feature a unique metallic-paint scheme, a multi-colored leather upholstery, and will feature just about every option imaginable.

It’s highly unlikely that the model will reach the $3.2 million price tag of the U.S.-bound, super-exclusive Ferrari, but you can at least expect the Panamera to come dressed to impress, maybe even have a little sparkle here and there.

The same report also suggests that Porsche Executive will use the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S Executive to develop this limited-edition model. In the event that happens, you can expect it to retail for a good bit more than the $201,495 (with destination) price tag of the standard Panamera Turbo S Executive.

Maybe somewhere in the vicinity of $250,000 to $300,000.

Porsche is expected to divulge more details about this mysterious Panamera in the coming weeks, at which point I expect to hear news that all 30 models have already sold out.

Click past the jump to read more about this future super-sedan from Porsche.

In the world of high-end luxury sports sedans, Porsche is a relatively new player. While Porsche debuted a sedan concept in the 1980s the brand never created a sedan. The Panamera itself debuted in 2009 and it has quickly started to amass sales in the segment. After a recent facelift, Porsche has decided that it want’s to push the Panamera into new and exciting classes by offering the new E-Hybrid.

Based on the technology that was developed during the creation of the 918 supercar, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid that promises unsurpassed fuel economy and emissions, while still providing the luxury and performance suggested by the crest on the hood.

I recently took delivery of such a machine and spent a week beating on it to see if it could live up to the hype. From fuel sipping highway cruises and battery run-down tests, to a trip up one of the most grueling road in the U.S.

What I learned was a bit more than surprising, but you’ll have to read on to figure out what I really think

Read more about the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hyrbrid

U.S. Highway 129, cutting through the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, is a ribbon of tarmac that spans the gap from Tennesee to North Carolina. The section of the road that cuts through Deal’s Gap is known as the Tail of the Dragon, and it is regarded as one of the best driving roads in the world. With 318 turns in a span of only 11 miles, it is easy to see the appeal. Still, with so many sharp hairpin turns and sheer drop-offs on one side, the Dragon is not to be trifled with. Since 1995, nearly 40 people have lost their lives on this tiny strip of asphalt.

Despite being only an hour from my house, I have never tackled the Tail of the Dragon. Sitting in my driveway is one of the latest and most advanced toys from the house of Porsche, a 2014 Panamera S e-Hybrid . What better vehicle to tame the Dragon with than a plug-in hybrid that is over 16-feet long and costs more than my house? Best yet, I got news that a plug-in charging station had just been installed at the top of the mountain and nobody had used it yet.

I took it as a sign that I needed to be the first. I pointed the big Porsche south and went hunting for Dragons.

Read on to see how my first trip to U.S. 129 went.

Hey everyone, welcome to Episode 022 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast.
This week is a little weird, so let me start with an apology. I am traveling this week, and I have some pretty terrible internet. The result is that the first 10 minutes or so of the show is pretty laggy and hard to listen to. Thankfully we came up with an idea to fix it, and the show gets better. So, thanks for sticking with us, and sorry about the technical issues.

Once the show finally gets moving, we cover Weekly Wheels in which Mark discusses the Cadillac CTS and I talk about the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid . Sadly, Justin had no new toys last week.

For news we covered a lot of topics from the new CTS-V and the Ford Mustang SVT on the Nurburgring , to special one-off versions of the BMW i8 and the new Polaris Slingshot. A Corvette powered Darth Vader helmet and the death of the VW Eos also make an appearance.

We make our way over to viewer questions and take a minute to discuss what cars we are most looking forward to next year, and we talk about how well our wives can drive. That part got a little strange…

We finish out the show with a trio of James Bond cars in Own, Drive, Burn.

We want to thank everyone who stuck with us through the live show, and I would like to apologize again for the issues at the start of the show. Normal service will resume next week.

Have a safe week, and a wonderful weekend everyone.

Swiss tuner Mansory has been in the aftermarket business long enough for it have established a reputation as one of the best to ever do it. It’s programs grace some of the best luxury and performance vehicles on the market that now includes the Porsche Panamera . Mansory’s program for the Panamera features an extensive list of modifications that bring out the best in the German saloon. We’ve seen many tuners work on the Panamera before, but there’s only a handful of them that can really claim to be on the level of Mansory.

For this program, Mansory worked on giving the Panamera a more refined appearance to complement its enormous engine upgrade. It’s actually nice to see the aftermarket company restrain itself from its usual over-the-top styling tendencies.

We can even make a case that the program’s combination of efficient aerodynamics and the massive engine upgrades make for an impressive kit that owners of the Panamera should consider when looking for an aftermarket modification for their beloved German luxury sports sedan . If I had a Porsche Panamera, Mansory would be near or at the top of my list. That’s how much respect I have for a company that has been doing its thing longer than some of us have been alive.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera By Mansory.

If there is anything Porsche loves more than creating cars that are amazing to drive , its allowing people to pay unheard of amounts of money to personalize them. The Porsche Exclusive program is one of the many ways that you can order a unique vehicle that is perfectly suited to your tastes and personal style.

Porsche has seen fit to release a Porsche Exclusive modified Panamera Turbo S on Facebook. The collection of photos gives us a good look at what sort of customizations are possible, and Porsche was even kind enough to include a list of changes and exclusive options with every still image.

Overall the car is very menacing, very beautiful, and very desirable. Although we don’t have a price, you can be sure its expensive. A base Panamera Turbo S rings in at more than $180k.

I would suspect you could take home a shiny new Ferrari 458 for the asking price of this powerful machine.

That said, this machine does come equipped with one of the most powerful engines Porsche has ever created, and will it blister most 911s and Caymans around a race track.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera Turbo S in Jet Black Metallic by Porsche Exclusive.

When I say Porsche , 400 horsepower and 167 mph in the same sentence, you wouldn’t bat an eye. But what if I also said 90 mpg and seating for four? That is what the Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid is promising, and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

In this video from the XCAR team, Alex Goy puts this impressive machine through its paces to really decide if it deserves to wear that hybrid badge , or the Porsche one for that matter. Considering that many people already dislike the Panamera due to its four-door ways, it might be fighting an uphill battle.

Now I won’t ruin what Alex thinks, but for my money there are some serious caveats to the Panamera Hybrid and its ridiculous numbers. For starters that 90 mpg rating is on the UK cycle. Thanks to the way the U.S. handles MPGe ratings, there is no way that will convert over, but seeing something close to 75 mpg sounds likely. Second, this car is a plug-in hybrid. That means it has a battery that can be charged just like a Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt . If that battery is completely flat when you set off from home, your mileage will fall drastically.

Still, this is a Porsche and still has more than 400 horsepower, so it could never really be that bad. Even if it only got 35 mpg I’d be game to bomb around in a 167 mph machine.

You always know how to make me happy, Porsche.

The current-generation Porsche Panamera already has V-6 and V-8 engines, but for the next generation model, the German automaker isn’t sticking with these aging powerplants. Instead, the company will make use of new engines designed for the brand’s new MSB platform, and two of these power trains — a new V-6 and V-8 — will be used on the next-generation Panamera . We expect to see the next-gen Panamera in time for the 2018 model year.

According to Autocar, the new engines will be used exclusively in models using the new MSB platform. Other Porsche models, specifically the sporty and luxurious front-engined models with both rear and four-wheel-drive, are also expected to be underpinned by the MSB platform and there’s even talk that Bentley could be added into the mix, once it decides on what to do with its next-gen Continental GT and Flying Spur .

While this piece of news isn’t all that surprising, considering that Porsche’s current V-6 and V-8 engines already have some mileage to them, it does point to a groundbreaking technical evolution for Porsche that will affect its lineup in the coming years. At this point, the MSB platform, and the new V-6 and V-8 engines are being developed mainly for the next-generation Panamera, and will be engineered to meet performance and handling standards that Porsche is aiming for with its four-door saloon and its new line of models. We also expect these new engines to deliver slightly improved fuel economy.

Note: Current model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera.

Source: AutoCar

World-famous tennis star and Porsche Ambassador Maria Sharapova took a trip to her hometown of Sochi, Russia where the Winter Olympics are currently under way to show off her bespoke Porsche Panamera she helped design through the Porsche Exclusive program.

The Porsche Panamera GTS , appropriately named the Porsche Panamera “by Maria Sharapova,” is coated in a unique cream white paint accented by tinted exterior lights, black tailpipe covers, and 20-inch Panamera sport wheels also finished in black. The deeply tinted front LED lights include the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, or PDLS+ in acronym speak.

Inside, the custom Panamera features body-colored instrument gauges and a key fob while cream stitching weaves its way throughout the leather-lined cabin. Adding further levels of custom work, the front and rear headrests are embossed with the Porsche crest and the armrests have “Panamera GTS” logo affixed to them.

“Creating and specifying a very personal Porsche Panamera was such an exciting undertaking, Sharapova told the media in Sochi. “It opens the door to a whole new design sensibility and allowed me to bring my own personal aesthetic.”

From the press materials, her Panamera appears to be mechanically stock – and that’s not a bad thing. The Panamera GTS is powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 that kicks out 440 horsepower. Zero to 60 mph comes in a quick 4.2 seconds on its way to a 179 mph top speed. The base price for all that fun is $113,400, not including all the optional extras Sharapova put on her’s.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera GTS.

With due respect to some of the best interior tuners in the industry, Russia’s TopCar can make its own claim as one of the best.

It’s got a long history, not to mention an inventory, of some pretty impressive programs and while it may be cause for it sit on its laurels, TopCar isn’t doing any of that. Instead, it built another version of its universally lauded Stingray GTR program for the Porsche Panamera .

We’ve seen this before, only this time, TopCar is taking the interior treatment to a whole new level with a new dress-up for the cabin. Brace yourselves, this is one for the record books.

Traditional two-color treatments are normal for this kind of business. But a combination of purple leather and gold inserts? That’s definitely a new one, and something TopCar worked effortlessly into the cabin of the Panamera .

The purple theme of the interior is actually made from genuine crocodile leather with matching diamond stitching. That’s the kind of leather you don’t want to stand away from. And the purple is really subtle, not some eggplant-looking eyesore that will drive rats away. Very classy and very elegant, kind of like what you’d expect royalty would wear.

And here’s the coup de grâce: those gold inserts on the pedals, cup holder, gear lever area, and door handles provide a nice clash to the subtlety of the purple leather. The luster is pretty sweet to look at, and might we add, fun to be around with when driving this Stingray GTR Panamera.

Speaking of which, the sports sedan also received a new body kit as part of TopCar’s renowned program, including new bumpers, a redesigned hood, updated wings and doors, and a new set of lightweight forged ADV.1 Wheels.

All that, and we still can’t get our eyes off of that interior.

Click past the jump to read more about this new Stingray GTR program TopCar built for the Porsche Panamera


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