• Mar 30, 2011
Porsche Panamera Turbo S - Click above for high-res image gallery

We reported yesterday that a Panamera Turbo S could be in the works with an official debut coming at the New York Auto Show in April. We didn't have to wait long to find out, as Porsche has released the first details about its new flagship four-door.

As expected, the Turbo S gets a power increase up to 550 horsepower, 50 more than the standard Turbo model, thanks to new twin turbochargers with enhanced turbines and modified engine programming. Torque is also up, 553 lb-ft compared to 516 lb-ft. Porsche says that the Panamera Turbo S is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds as well as a top speed of 190 mph, all while returning an estimated 15/23 mpg. The car will reach showrooms later this Spring, with pricing in the U.S. starting at $173,200. You can read full details about the Porsche Panamera Turbo S in the official press release after the jump.




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With its new four-door Panamera Turbo S, Porsche once again raises the bar for sporty four-door luxury cars by delivering ultra high performance and efficiency, sports-car-like driving dynamics, and first-class comfort in a purely Porsche package.

Porsche will reveal its most powerful Panamera for the first time in North America on April 20, 2011 at the New York International Auto Show.

The engine in the new top-of-the-line Panamera is based on the already proven and powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the Panamera Turbo. The 4.8 liter, V8 engine in the Turbo S achieves a maximum output of 550 horsepower, which is 10 percent more than the 500 horsepower delivered by the Panamera Turbo. The torque is also increased over the Turbo from 516 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft. In the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the overboost function can temporarily generate additional torque with a peak rating of 590 lb.-ft.

The power increase delivered in the Panamera Turbo S can be attributed to two main enhancements: new twin turbochargers with titanium–aluminum turbines and a modified engine control. Titanium–aluminum reduces the turbine and compressor wheel's weight, which results in a quicker turbo response that improves the engine's agility.

The formidable powerplant that lies beneath the hood of the Panamera Turbo S is capable of propelling it to sports-car sprint times. With the help of Launch Control, the newest Panamera can reach 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The top track speed is 190 mph. And despite this increased performance, fuel consumption is expected to remain comparable to the Panamera Turbo that delivers an EPA estimated rating of 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway (18 mpg combined). Official EPA fuel economy estimates for the Panamera Turbo S will be available when the car goes on sale in North America.

Even for a world-class luxury car, the Panamera Turbo S boasts an extraordinarily high level of comprehensive features. In keeping with its sporty concept, it comes equipped with the most important driving-dynamic control systems. For example, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is an active anti-roll system that significantly reduces lateral body movement during corning, which enhances stability, handling and overall occupant comfort. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard and works to help ensure superior traction and higher-performance cornering by applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear differential lock. Also standard is Porsche's advanced speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system, a sports exhaust system, and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that further tunes the engine and suspension at the touch of the "Sport Plus" button.

While the sporting character of the new Panamera Turbo S is most apparent behind the wheel, the car's exterior tastefully exudes its high-performance ambitions. The new 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and the adaptive four-way extending rear spoiler express the car's elite performance abilities. Inside, the fusion of exclusivity and sportiness is conveyed in the interior by the standard bi-color leather finish. A new combination of black/cream is offered exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S with Agate Grey/cream also being added as an exclusive option later this year. Agate Gray Metallic will also be an exclusive exterior color.

The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in the U.S. later this spring, and will have a base MSRP of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery and destination.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you could just buy one in a couple of years after it depreciates to $15.63 - or something close to that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        you're not in the market for this car, if you care about

        1. fuel consumption
        2. depreciation
        3. maintanance & insurance costs

        it's the same with every competitor in this class, doesn't matter if it has a Mercedes, Porsche, BMW or Aston Martin Badge.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Tim , or you could get a better job, or start a business and get the newer, better model in a couple of years. and don't have to worry about the things Hatzenbach mentioned.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now the coupe , convertible and the Pajun aka Panamera young brother. things are getting interesting.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the Panamera Turbo S is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds"

      Say what?? Is this a misquote or witchcraft?
        • 3 Years Ago
        My guess is that it should be 0 - 62MPH, the European standard for 100Km, in 3.6 seconds. That would translate to a 3.3 or 3.4 time.
        • 3 Years Ago
        unexpected to see the S verison so early, i mean there is no sedan that is even close to the normal TT. my guess: 3.3 or 3.4 sec. to 60 in reality. Porsche always understates its figures. for a sedan dayuuuum fast!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wonder if Porsche is spooked by the new M5
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh oh I see I offended a few Panamera-lovers here.

        Here, let me state it again: If you think this whale of a car will reach 62mph in
        • 3 Years Ago
        and those Porsche's official times. it will be even faster in proper conditions.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah that sounds a bit too low considering the size of it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am sure this car is fast but for that price you could get a comparable CTS-V Sedan with the same amount of power AND still have money for a real Porsche, the 911 (Would even go to say possibly a GT3 if these things get the usual "dealer adjusted price"/markup). The problem with this car is that it will not hold its value like a 911. Nice car but too expensive. Nevertheless, I assume they will still sell well to those who care more about status than cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And I thought the green bug was killing everything. Hello 50 extra horsepower, nice to meet you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shocker! An S version!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know right? A real shocker would have shown Porschephiles that the same or better performance numbers could have been reached with 1 or two tiny electric motors and no gas engine. And no maintence and no gas(not that buyers of this vehicle care about that)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not sure why, but this one looks a lot better than the standard Panamera. Maybe its the color or wheels, but it looks much better.

      23mpg with 550hp isnt half bad either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At the same price as a Rapide, I am going to go with a Rapide.
      Better looking, more exclusive and does not look like the $75,000 version of your $200,000 car.

      I don't even know why anyone would buy this over the Turbo seeing as in the real world you can't go racing around doing 0-60 in 3.6 secs anyway, so save yourself $40,000 or so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A masterpiece no doubt, but it is a Porsche so no surprised there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      These photos further affirm my opinion that in the right color, w/ the right wheels, this is an attractive car. It really just looks like a 4-door 911.

      Impressive car, regardless of where you stand on it's looks. A Porsche estimated 0-60 time of 3.6 means 3.2-.3. Man, just imagine the fun you could have in this thing w/......... well, just about anything else on the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was hella fast without the 50 extra HP. . .
      • 3 Years Ago
      awesome car, predictable. I sort of wish they had gone the other route and was coming out with a awesomely engineered hybrid or plug in. Something that would preserve it's base model's performance and double the mileage. Bragging rights come in forms other than supercar level performance on the track.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There will be more hybrids to come, but Porsche needs to preserve market share against the Aston Martin Rapide, a possible Lamborghini Estoque, and other cars in the segment. It was already faster, now it's a LOT faster. Porsche would've done this before the whole eco craze...the only difference now is that there will be a maniacal monster AND a sensible hybrid.
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