Porsche’s new top of the range GT, the Panamera Turbo S, is staggeringly fast, powerful and luxurious…
the motoring equivalent of a VIP business jet
PORSCHE has launched a new top of the range car, the Panamera Turbo S. It’s a staggeringly powerful four-door, four-seat Gran Turismo with equally staggering performance allied to top class luxury. As existing Panamera drivers can attest, the cabin is a true four-seater supercar – and now they have true supercar performance too.
Porsche isn’t kidding, or indulging in hyperbole, when it says, “The new Panamera Turbo S is a unique combination of performance and efficiency, driving dynamics and comfort.” It has a twin-turbo 4.8 litre V8 engine which delivers 550hp, ten percent or 50hp more than the already very powerful V8 turbo engine in the Panamera Turbo.
In the ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’ mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo and during kick-down in normal mode, the engine delivers 800Nm (590ft/lb) of torque with the so-called overboost function, claims Porsche.
The Panamera is equipped with ‘Launch Control’ for an incredible 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191mph. Fuel consumption is not as bad as you might think, covering 100 kilometres (62 miles) on 11.5 litres of fuel – that’s 25mpg. Fuel consumption falls to 11.3 litres per 100km when fitted with the 19-inch, all-season tyres with optimised rolling resistance developed for the Panamera by Michelin.
The increased performance is down to two elements – turbochargers with lighter titanium-aluminium turbine wheels which give quicker response and modified engine control.
To handle all that performance, the Panamera Turbo S comes with dynamic control systems as standard. Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is an active roll stabilisation system to nip in the bud any tendency to lean when cornering. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels combined with an electronically controlled rear differential lock to give superior traction and greater agility.
The power steering system uses speed-dependent Servotronic, and it’s fitted with Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package. This tunes the suspension and power unit, making them even sportier when you press the ‘Sport Plus’ button.
How can you tell if the car in front is a Turbo S? As standard, it sits on 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, wears side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and has the adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler. Inside, “the fusion of exclusivity and sportiness” is a new combination of black and cream leather exclusive to the Turbo S. An agate grey/cream leather scheme will be available later in the year.
Porsche’s Panamera range now goes from the 300hp V6 at £62,783 up to the Turbo S which almost doubles the power – and the price.
Top speed 190mph
Engine 4.8l V8 twin turbo
Max power 550hp @ 6,000rpm
Max torque 590ft/lb @ 2,250rpm
Gearbox 7-speed, 4WD
Fuel consumption 25mpg
CO2 emissions 270gm/km
Price £122,623 inc VAT