Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

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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In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman from Motor Trend took two of the most powerful sports sedans out there — the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo — to see which one was the best on the road.

According to him, the Porsche Panamera was always one of Motor Trend’s favorites, but the new Audi RS7 is also a pretty surprising ride. In fact, it was such a shock to the automotive world, that only the Panamera Turbo could compete with it.

To be honest with you, the RS7 is definitely our favorite, as it is not only more powerful — 560 vs. 520 horsepower — but it also looks better than the Panamera in our opinion. Check out the video to see which one did better in the latest test, which took place both on the track and a canyon road.

Let us know in the comment section below which of the two models you would choose for a daily driver.

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Porsche in collaboration with Spotlight Cinema Networks launched a video contest where contestants had to illustrate "Thrilling Contradictions" through the art of film. Of course lots of people submitted their video, but the winner of the contest was Ross Cohen whom submitted a video inspired by the new Porsche Panamera .

His idea was to made a sculpture using fire and ice and, as you probably imagine the sculpture was a Porsche Panamera luxury sedan. All we can say is that the final work is a masterpiece and that we really have to appreciate all the hard work Ross Cohen did in creating this video!

For sure it was a very nice way for Porsche to end a great year for the company. All we can say is that we would really like to see some similar ideas coming in the upcoming months. Fingers crossed!

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When Gemballa unveiled the GTP 700 tuning kit for the Porsche Panamera we didn’t payed much attention to it, as we saw it as just another kit for the luxury German sedan . After all, other than the 700 horsepower on tap, the kit did offer much else.

Well, it looks like Gemballa decided to prove us wrong in thinking this was "just another kit, as the new GTP 700 just became the fastest sedan in the world to weight over two metric tonnes (4,400 pounds).

After making its world debut at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, the new GTP700 was taken to the Nardo high-speed track for a test drive. Gemballa said that the record was an accident, because the car was not prepared in advanced for this achievement. It was just a customer-ready GTP 700, equipped with 22-inch wheels and checking in at 2,045 kg (4.508 pounds) — 2,225 kg (4,905 pounds) with the driver and the fuel included.

With this "equipment," the Panamera GTP 700 hit a top speed of 338.8 km/h (210.5 mph). Additionally. the GTP 700 can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 26.5 seconds.

Click past the jump for the video.

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If you are not a big soccer fan, then the Andre Wisdom name says pretty much nothing to you; well, don’t worry you are not the only one. Long story short, the 20-year-old Wisdom plays for Derby Country, UK.

He may be top notch at putting a ball past the goal keeper, but his driving skills definitely need a little "refinement."

Last week he found himself in a bit of "trouble" while trying to find his way to Pride Park for his team’s match with Sheffield Wednesday. Apparently, Wisdom stopped at a shop to buy some drinks before the game, and, as he was unfamiliar to the place, he set the coordinates of the Pride Park to his Porsche Panamera ’s navigation system.

The only problem is that instead arriving to Pride Park he ended up on a very muddy road where he got his rather pricey Porsche stuck. Fortunately, he was discovered by a mountain biker six miles from Pride Park and a Jeep Cherokee came to tow the luxury sedan from the deep muck.

Let;s just hope that he is better at playing soccer than realizing he is driving down a road that the Panamera simply is not equipped to handle.

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

Source: Telegraph

Gemballa’s troubles seem like distant memories now. It’s not really worth rehashing all the details of the company’s recent history; instead, we can celebrate how it has rebounded from it to produce some pretty impressive tuning programs.

It’s most recent project will be on display at this year’s Essen Motor Show and by all accounts, it’s going to be a pretty incredible project. The program, called the GTP 700, is for the upgraded Porsche Panamera Turbo and like the name indicates, it gives the German sedan quite a hefty performance boost, increasing the output from the already-impressive 520 horsepower to an incredible 700 horsepower.

With the Panamera carrying a 4.8-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine, that spike in output is made more impressive by the fact that Gemballa was able to massage the modification to ensure that no stones were left unturned in giving the Panamera Turbo that jump in numbers.

No word yet on how the increased output translates to performance numbers, but considering that the standard Panamera Turbo already hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 189 mph, we won’t be surprised if the final numbers approach 3.5 seconds with a top speed of around 205 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo


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