Porsche pulls covers off Panamera Turbo S – NZ bound

Porsche has officially unveiled it’s new top-spec Panamera Turbo S before it’s scheduled reveal at the New York Auto Show. The Turbo S is set to be the most powerful and quickest version of the Panamera to date and features a host of mechanical and styling upgrades.

The 4.8 litre, V8 twin turbocharged engine now delivers 410 kW – an increase of 10 per cent or 37 kW over the already very powerful engine in the Panamera Turbo. At the same time, torque also increases from 700 to 750 Nm. In the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode and during kick-down in normal mode a full 800 Nm is available through ‘overboost.’

With Launch Control (part of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo) the 0-100 km/h sprint takes just 3.8 seconds and top speed is a reckless 306 km/h. Porsche says that despite the increased performance, fuel consumption remains at a similar level to the Panamera Turbo. Official figures are 11.5 L / 100 kms combined falling to 11.3 L / 100 kms when fitted with the optional 19 inch, all-season Michelin tyres with optimised rolling resistance.

The increased performance compared with the Panamera Turbo is due to two main enhancements:

Improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminium turbine wheels and modified engine control. The use of the innovative titanium-aluminium alloy reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel. This results in a lower moment of inertia and therefore improved engine responsiveness.

The new top-of-the-range Panamera has a high level of standard equipment. Just like the Panamera Turbo sold in New Zealand the Turbo S features Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) which is active anti-roll bars used to eliminate body roll during cornering, as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) which applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels combined with an electronically controlled rear differential lock to ensure superior traction and therefore greater agility in every driving situation.

However, additional standard equipment for the Panamera Turbo S over the Turbo now includes Servotronic steering for improved manoeuvrability and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo which provides the ‘overboost’ torque function, Launch Control and sportier chassis set-up. The sports exhaust, is also standard.

Exterior upgrades for the Turbo S include 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width and side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range. There’s also an adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler. Inside, there is the standard bi-colour leather finish but a new combination of black/cream is offered exclusively for this model with a grey/cream combo also being added as an exclusive option later in the year.

Final New Zealand specification and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicles expected arrival date in September.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Porsche Panamera S.

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