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Porsche has unveiled the official details on the seventh model in the Panamera line-up. The new Turbo S is the most powerful version and, of course, the most expensive one as well. On the US market sales will begin later this spring with an MSRP of $173,200. The car will make its first appearance at the New York Auto Show on April 20th, 2011.

With the new Panamera Turbo S, Porsche has combined ultra high performance and efficiency, sports-car-like driving dynamics, and first-class comfort in just one car. Under the hood Porsche has placed a 4.8 liter, V8 biturbo engine that delivers an impressive 550 HP, a 50 HP improvement over the previous Turbo version. This is more than enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph. We get all of this while receiving a fuel economy of 23 mph (highway).

Throughout multiple Porsche lines, the Turbo S model has made an appearance and remains today as the range topping model. Some models are more inclined to find a buyer for an ultra-performance version, but other manufacturers have found success with the same formula. The Mercedes S-class has even more model variations than the Panamera, but even the ridiculously powerful S65 with a bi-turbo V12 has found plenty of takers. One of the biggest hurdles Porsche may face is the fact that the basic Panamera is less than beautiful and the Turbo S model is hard to distinguish.

UPDATE 07/20/11: Porsche has been on a trailer fix the past few days and it continues with the release of the latest video promoting the 2012 Panamera Turbo S. This comes a day after the company released the first official teaser video of the next-generation 911. Not that we mind because the new Panamera Turbo S is about as beautiful a Porsche as you can find in the market these days. Click the photo above to watch the trailer!

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Exterior and Interior

2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S High Resolution Exterior
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Customers will distinguish the new Turbo S over a standard Turbo model thanks to the addition of new 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range, and the adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler matching the exterior color. Those may be distinctions from other Panamera models, but not by much. An avid car fan should be able to make the distinction, but even then we’re not sure it looks like a $173,000 car.

On the interior, the model will get a bi-color leather finish, fitted as standard, with a black/cream offered exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S. It is interesting that Porsche has not decided to update the seats or increase the bolstering at least slightly to help make this model stand out. When you consider the car a luxury sedan rather than a typical Porsche sports car than it makes sense to not change the one part of this car that no one has an issue with, which is the interior. On the other hand, when you try to turn your luxury sedan into an Autobahn burning beast, then maybe you should spice things up a little bit more than adding a “cream” color option.

The new model will also be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), an active roll stabilization system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and speed-dependent Servotronic. There is also a Sport Chrono Package Turbo, which tunes the suspension and power unit, making them even sportier by pressing the additional "Sport Plus" button. This is like the “M” sport button in the last generation BMW M5. Intially the car does not deploy all its horsepower and torque to the rear wheels and waits for the driver to push this button before letting loose.


2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S High Resolution Drivetrain
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Under the hood Porsche has placed a 4.8 liter, V8 biturbo engine producing 550 HP and a peak torque of 553 lbs-ft. In the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" mode, the peak torque goes up to an even more impressive 590 lb-ft. Those figures are not out of this world in terms of pure power, but the Porsche will not be beat by many other sedans or sports cars for that matter.

The new Turbo S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 190 mph. With this typw of performance, one would expect horrible fuel efficiency, but the Turbo S delivers the same fuel consumption as the Panamera Turbo - 23 mpg. That is a surprising figure and makes this Porsche easy to live with while still enjoying its high performance persona.

In order to increase the power by a total of 50 HP, Porsche is using improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbine wheels and modified engine control. The use of the innovative titanium-aluminum alloy reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel. This results in a lower moment of inertia and improved and more agile engine responsiveness. Both aspects are important when moving a large car. Porsche tries to make everything they produce handle and perform like one of their more traditional sports cars and has been able to do so once again. If you can get past the looks and cost of this car than it is immensely impressive and the competition will be hard pressed to beat its performance.


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The new Panamera Turbo S will make its world debut at the New York Auto Show and will go on sale later this spring with an MSRP of $173,200.


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The only competitors we can think of when it comes to the new Panamera Turbo S is the recently launched Mercedes CLS63 AMG. In its standard version, the Mercedes delivers "only" 519 HP, but when equipped with the Performance Package both power and peak torque will be exactly the same as the new Turbo S, more precisely 550 HP and 590 lbs-ft. However, the Mercedes model has the disadvantage of being much slower than the Porsche: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.3 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The Mercedes may be slower, but its beauty is unmatched. If anything, the Porsche should be running away faster because it simply cannot compete on the same design level and let’s not forget that the Mercedes sales will start from about $155K. Another piece of competition comes from the way that you define what the Porsche represents. Comparisons to the CLS model make sense because they are close in size and stature, but isn’t the Panamera Porsche’s flagship model? If so, then maybe we should compare it to the Mercedes S65 AMG. For roughly $200,000 you could be getting 738 lb-ft of torque all day long without dealing with that fidgety Sport Plus button.

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  (594) posted on 02.8.2012

The new Panamera Turbo S Porsche with impressive engine performance combined with an elegant comfortable interior. The new feature of the “Sports Plus” mode is very surprising to have same fuel consumption to enjoy its high performance.

  (427) posted on 12.28.2011

I don’t heard any update about the baby Panamera that the Porsche has talked about just recently. However,this car has an awesome performance.

  (727) posted on 12.27.2011

hm.. I don’t heard any update about the baby Panamera that the Porsche has been talking about just recently. However,this car has an awesome performance.

  (503) posted on 12.19.2011

Well, I think that they have actually put up more than enough power into the engine. The current rate will certainly still be able to take the Panamera up to speed.

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

Well, I think that they have actually put up more than enough power into the engine. The current rate will certainly still be able to take the Panamera up to speed.

  (501) posted on 11.23.2011

The side rim of this Panamera Turbo really looks so cool even the design of its wheels and the angst of its headlight are looking very awesome on it. I just wondered if it also had an impressive interior?

  (830) posted on 11.16.2011

The wheel of Panamera is truly looking so cool on it! Anyway, V8 engine of it that had an output of 550 hp is really impressive on it, but I think it is much better if they used a V10 engine.

  (676) posted on 11.15.2011

Admittedly, this Panamera is absolutely very attractive, and I’m glad that Porsche used a different platform and style on this vehicle, which is so refreshing into the eye! smiley

  (382) posted on 11.13.2011

I hope that they also had some pictures on its interior. Anyway, no doubt that Panamera is truly so striking on its exterior detailing, and I’m glad that it also had an impressive and awesome speed performance.

  (474) posted on 11.3.2011

Well, I have to admit that the Turbo S of this Panamera is absolutely very striking, and I simply love this one for the fact that it’s a luxuriant looking sports car.

  (459) posted on 11.2.2011

Is it really the most powerful Panamera ever? Well, I didn’t find it so potent, but it is kind of impressive. Anyway, I love the aesthetic design of this one and the wheels of this one, is only adds more appeal on it.

  (579) posted on 09.27.2011

Officially one of the elegant and professional looking car. Dealing with efficiency and performance very interesting and outstanding. As what I see in the video its so nice.

  (365) posted on 09.14.2011

The spacious Porsche hatchback remains the second-fastest sedan. But the down side of it is that has no final fuel-economy ratings yet, but it says they will be close to the Turbo’s city/highway figures of 15/23 mpg.

  (448) posted on 08.15.2011

This is the most powerful panaroma ever, and it looks great on both exterior and interior feature, and the engine performance is so impressive.

  (592) posted on 07.25.2011

Oh well, the video is slow to load. By the way, I noticed that the airplane and the car have the same color, but I wonder what is the connection of the airplane with the car. It is only the color, what’s with their mind?

  (599) posted on 07.21.2011

This is a pure luxury for Porsche Panamera Turbo S and for a luxury car, the performance is impressive. However, there are still more other cars, which is much better than this like the Porsche 911.

  (398) posted on 07.21.2011

Agreed. The car’s speed is amazing And good thing that I’ve seen the Panamera on a test drive around the street. It seems that the Turbo S is much better compare to the regular Panamera in terms of look and power output.

  (472) posted on 07.21.2011

Admittedly, the Turbo S is very impressive compare to the traditional Panamera. I really loved on how the Porsche manage to collaborate the sportiness and luxury on the vehicle. The power output is great for its engine. However, I think it would be better if they have removed the speed limiter of the car.

  (445) posted on 06.17.2011

hmm. I thought they will be using a newer version on the engine of this car since its directly competing the Mercedes car that uses a v12 technology. I’m not impressed with the performance of this car.

  (683) posted on 05.13.2011

This model of Porsche Panamera Turbo has to consist of a very define texture that has a finished refinement that absolutely loves the concept as well,We should compare it to the Mercedes itself picturing of the same elements of texture. 

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