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Old 06-08-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Porsche launches the ultimate Panamera, and we are duly impressed


It's not that any Porsche Panamera lacks power. The 300-hp V-6 is quick, the 380-hp hybrid and the 400-hp V-8 are quicker still, and the 500-hp Turbo—well, let’s just say we’ve squeezed a 3.3-second 0-to-60 run out of that 4400-pound rocket. But this is Porsche, and where a Turbo exists, a Turbo S isn’t far behind. So here is the Panamera Turbo S, more powerful by 50 hp thanks to a modified ECU, and more responsive thanks to modified turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbine blades. The basic design of the Turbo model’s twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8 remains unchanged.

The difference is not insignificant: While the Panamera Turbo makes 516 lb-ft of torque in regular trim, the Turbo S provides up to 553 lb-ft—or 590 with an overboost function. We estimate a 0-to-60-mph time of three seconds flat, while Porsche’s stated top speed rises by two mph to 190. There is just one transmission: the excellent PDK, a ZF-sourced seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. It routes power to all four wheels, with a noticeable bias towards the rearmost pair.






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Few Panamera owners are as fortunate as those on its German home turf, where it is legal to take it up to its top speed, so, unless you like jail—and what Porsche owner with 175 large lying around doesn’t—you’ll have to take our word for the ultra-high-speed performance of this car. At virtually any velocity, this quickest of the four-door Porsches will charge forward with a menacing growl. It’s unlike, say, the Mercedes-Benz S600 or the BMW 760i, in which speed builds in surreal silence, and it doesn't take a very long stretch of road to max it out. That’s not to say it’s a white-knuckle affair; the Panamera Turbo S masks actual speed very well, and 120 mph feels like 70. Remarkably, however, the Panamera might be even more efficient at killing speed than building it up, especially when equipped with the optional carbon-ceramic brakes, which bite instantly and aggressively.

Still, by definition and by its somewhat clumsy styling, the Panamera is not a sports car, and this four-door hatchback sedan tips the scales at well over two tons. Thankfully, the chassis does a far better job of masking the Panamera's size and mass than does its chubby sheetmetal. The hydraulic steering is nicely weighted and provides linear feedback. Among luxury liners, the Panamera is clearly the best-handling, with impeccable stability and precise turn-in despite having to swing around the heavy V-8 and its turbo accouterments. The torque-vectoring system included with the standard Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control basically forces the Panamera into corners, and makes it virtually impossible to throw the car off course with anything less than wildly exaggerated inputs and insane entry speeds. The car is ever-vigilant for that stuff, though: It’s impossible to turn off the stability-control system entirely, even if the button labeled “off” suggests otherwise. If the car is out of sorts and you tap the brakes, the system always kicks in.

Beautiful Inside, At Least
As in other Panameras, the Turbo S’s front- and rear-seat room is adequate for its class of short-wheelbase luxury cars, and the tall center console front and rear is nicely styled and looks expensive and tasteful. Being sealed inside would be a flawless experience if not for the occasional creak and a few joints and seams that aren’t up to, say, Audi standards.
Even though it includes many of the $136K Turbo’s performance options as standard, at $174,175, the Panamera Turbo S doesn’t exactly represent a great value. Plus, the non-S Turbo can be upgraded to 540 hp and the same 553 lb-ft of torque with a $21,730 power package that includes the modified turbos. But the less-expensive car doesn't have the Turbo S’s available exclusive color schemes and other cosmetic goodies—the most notable, of course, being the badge.







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Old 06-08-2011, 08:36 AM   #2
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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$174k. Good lawd.
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For luxury buyers who don't want a Chauffeur.
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Aston Martin is going to have to bump up the power, again.

. . . and the Lamborghini Estoque is going to have to go a little bit more insane than what we were expecting.

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Porsche has raised the already imposing performance of the Panamera Turbo S, giving the facelifted model, pictured here officially for the first time, a 20 hp boost in power to take the output of its twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 up to 562 hp – 49 more than the recently introduced facelifted Panamera Turbo.

To be revealed to the public at the upcoming Tokyo motor show prior to the start of North American sales in early 2014, the range topping Panamera model adopts the various exterior and interior styling upgrades brought to other less powerful Panamera models earlier this year.

Included in the mid-life make-over is a new front bumper with larger air intakes and redesigned head lamps with LED operation. Bigger changes are concentrated at the rear, which receives a larger rear window within the tailgate along with a color-keyed four way spoiler and a new bumper which now houses the license plate

Together with the standard model, Porsche now offers the Panamera Turbo S in Executive form with a 5.9 inch longer wheelbase in selected markets, both running 20-inch 911 Turbo-style wheels shod with 285/40 and 295/35 profile tires as standard.

At the heart of the facelifted Panamera Turbo S is a lightly revised version of its predecessor's twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8. It gains new turbochargers boasting a larger compressor for improved air flow and combustion. Further changes are concentrated on the injection system, which now operates at a pressure of 2030 psi – up from a previous 1740 psi. New pistons and piston rings featuring a newly developed aluminum coating are also used. Despite delivering more power than before, the reworked engine continues to serve up a nominal 553 lb ft of torque, but on a slightly wider range of revs between 2250 and 5000 rpm. An overboost function sees the maximum torque rating raised to 590 lb ft but only for short bursts of full throttle action.

Porsche is not making any claims on the curb weight of the facelifted Panamera Turbo S just yet, although insiders say the standard (115.0 inch) wheelbase model remains close to the 4,398 lb of its predecessor, suggesting the power-to-weight ratio has been improved.

With its stout output channeled through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and Haldex-style multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system boasting a torque vectoring feature, the 0-60 mph time remains unchanged at 3.8 sec. However, in-gear acceleration is claimed to have improved slightly. Top speed has also increased from a previous 190 mph to a new ceiling of 193 mph. At the same time, combined cycle fuel economy has improved a claimed 11 percent to 23.1 mpg (US) on the European test cycle.
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