Porsche is known for building many variants of a single model, and it’s doing just that with the four-door Panamera.
The German carmaker has added a flagship to the recently-updated lineup, which already includes nine models. Behold the facelifted Panamera Turbo S, the fastest and most powerful Panamera of them all.
Power is the Turbo S’ most impressive feature. Its 4.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 produces 570 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque (590 pound-feet with momentary over boost). That’s a significant increase over the current Panamera Turbo which produce 520 hp and 516 lb-ft. The pre-facelift Turbo S produced 550 horsepower, and the same amount of torque.
The new Turbo S will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, just like the old one. However, its top speed of 192 mph is 2 mph faster than the car it replaces. That’s probably not enough to justify a trade-in, unless you live near an autobahn.
Sadly, Porsche couldn’t improve the Turbo S’ looks. The only features distinguishing the new model from its siblings are 20-inch 911 Turbo II wheels, a model-specific rear spoiler, and an exclusive Palladium Metallic exterior color.
For buyers who prefer to be driven rather than drive, the Turbo S is also available in long-wheelbase Executive model.
While the Turbo S is the fastest and most powerful Panamera, it also lays claim to another superlative: most expensive.
U.S. pricing for the Panamera Turbo S starts at $180,300 for the regular-wheelbase model, and $200,500 for the Turbo S Executive. That makes the Turbo S Executive the most expensive Porsche currently on sale, short of the $845,000 918 Spyder.
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