More power and more legroom.
In the Porsche model lineup, the Turbo S is the top-of-the-line when it comes to performance and luxury (without getting into the special edition models). Now the “Turbo S” nameplate is featured on the facelifted Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo in two versions designed for both performance and luxury. Not only do customers have the option for the new Panamera Turbo S, but they can also go for the Panamera Turbo S Executive with more standard luxuries and an extended wheelbase for even more comfort.
One of the best parts of the Panamera Turbo S models is the power. The already potent 4.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine has been pushed even further to make the Gran Turismo an incredible performer. Porsche outfitted the engine with a new pair of turbochargers with larger compressors, increased the fuel injection pressure, and installed new aluminum alloy pistons along with specially-coated piston rings. These upgrades netted a 50 horsepower and 37 lb-ft. of torque gain, resulting in a total output of 570 bhp and a plateau of 553 lb-ft. of torque from 2,250 to 5,000 RPM. With the overboost function with the standard Sport Chrono package, a total of 590 lb-ft. of torque can be achieved for a short period of time and helps the Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive to reach 60 mph in 3.6- and 3.7 seconds, respectively and a top speed of 192 mph. Even with the increase in power, the models see an 11-percent improvement in fuel economy. As an option, a new sports exhaust system can be installed that allows drivers to hear more of the engine’s roar at the push of a button that opens an acoustic channel in the cabin.
Many of the optional chassis and driving options in the Panamera range come standard on the Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S Executive, making them the most dynamic models in the range. The Sport Chrono package offers different driving modes, overboost, and a launch control feature to take full advantage of the car’s incredible power. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with three different suspension modes, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) that reduces body roll, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), and an air suspension all work together to ensure maximum handling performance and/or comfort at the push of a button. The lightweight and powerful Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) with their characteristic yellow calipers reduce mass by 50-percent and offer unrelenting stopping power.
Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S Executive feature a few subtle exterior upgrades that differentiate themselves from the pack. The first is an exclusive Palladium metallic paint color available only for the Turbo S models while a painted, four-way spoiler sits at the rear. New 20-inch 911 Turbo II wheels are the standard footwear for the Turbo S models and offer a greater width than the other wheels throughout the range. Thermal and noise-insulated windows with privacy glazing further increase driving comfort.
Inside, there are a number of exclusive features that make the Turbo S models one of the best ways to travel. A standard two-tone leather interior in Dark Burl Walnut with red accents creates a special atmosphere for up to four passengers. Up front are standard 14-way power seats with Porsche crests embossed in their headrests and an optional memory package. Customers can also opt for the 18-way adjustable adaptive sport seats with generous support. Rear occupants benefit from a pair of single seats and ample room to relax.
In the Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive, the wheelbase has been extended by 15 cm, resulting in an additional 12 cm of rear legroom space. Both of the rear seats in the premium model allow passengers to hide from view thanks to electronic roll-up sunblinds as they enjoy active ventilation in their single seats.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S will start at $180,000 in the United States, while the Panamera Turbo S Executive will start at $200,500. Both models will make their world premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S Executive Specifications
Displacement: 4.8 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Horsepower: 570 bhp
Maximum Torque: 553 lb-ft from 2,250 to 5,000 RPM (590 lb-ft. with Overboost)
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 3.6 seconds (Turbo S) / 3.7 seconds (Turbo S Executive)
Top Speed: 192 mph
Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S Executive Gallery