Porsche Panamera Turbo S arriving this fall

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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When the Panamera was released back in 2009, many expected the car to dominate the premium four-door coupe segment from a performance perspective. And with 500 horsepower from its top-line Turbo model, combined with impressive driving dynamics, Porsche's first four-door has done just that.

An all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG is poised to upstage the prime Porsche, however, with 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, while a performance package can be added, upping output to 550 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. What's Porsche to do?

Now, in a bid for market supremacy (or at least equality), Porsche will unveil its top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S at the New York International Auto Show on April 20th. The new top-tier four-door Porsche generates 550 horsepower from its 4.8-litre V8, an increase of ten percent. Maximum torque has also been improved with the Panamera Turbo S making 553 pound-feet compared to 516 pound-feet from the Panamera Turbo. In addition to the monstrous torque, the Panamera Turbo S also employs an overboost function that can temporarily increase maximum torque output to the same 590 pound-feet as its Stuttgart rival.

This power increase is made possible by new twin-turbochargers that feature titanium-aluminum turbines. The use of titanium and aluminum helps to reduce the weight of the turbines and compressor wheels, which allows for quicker response from the twin turbochargers. Additionally, a modified engine control unit helps the new Panamera Turbo S achieve its lofty power output.

Porsche claims that its latest Panamera can blast from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.6 seconds through the use of its launch control system. The Panamera Turbo S' top speed is a claimed 305 km/h (190 mph).
Helping to reduce lateral body motion is Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which is an active anti-roll system that is claimed to enhance stability and handling as well as passenger and driver comfort. Also aiding handling is an electronic rear differential lock plus Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), the latter which helps to increase traction and cornering performance by varying torque to the car's rear wheels.

The new Panamera Turbo S is one mighty car, and surely will challenge the upcoming CLS63 AMG, while easily leaving other four-door coupes, like the new Audi RS7, in the proverbial dust.

Available from $173,200 USD plus destination in the U.S., a Canadian price has not yet been announced.
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Topics: Four-Door Coupe, Porsche, 2011, Panamera Turbo S, $99,999+,

Organizations: Porsche

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