One of the most evocative names in the automotive universe, Porsche, already has their Panamera range on sale in India. But now, they say that the most powerful one in the series will be made available in February next year.
It’s called the Panamera Turbo S and here’s some trivia for you – its powered by a 4.8 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine that belts out 570 bhp and connected to a 7 speed PDK automatic gearbox. With Porsche’s Overboost, the torque figure gets kicked up to 800 Nm. This means that while overtaking even through the tiniest of gaps, just flexing the throttle pedal will make the car blast forward like a rocket! Even though, thanks to clever engineering, the fuel consumption figure is the same as the less powerful Panamera Turbo, the 0-100 kph time is just 3.8 seconds and if one floors the car, the speedo will climb all the way to a shattering 310 kph.
Distinguishing it from its other Panamera siblings are certain features like 20” alloy wheels lifted from the legendary Porsche 911 and a four way body coloured rear spoiler from increased downforce. The Panamera Turbo S comes standard with all driving dynamics control systems such as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), active roll stabilisation system that keeps the vehicle flat while cornering for more agile handling and faster turns, locking rear diffs and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) to keep things from going berserk. And when it’s time to bring all this fury to a halt, jam on the brakes and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) that are much more resistant to fading than ordinary brakes, take the car down to a standstill.
The Panamera Turbo S gets a dual tone leather interior and the front seat headrests have the customary Porsche crest embossed into the leather. The 14-way electrically adjustable front seats can memorise individual seating positions and all the seats get in-built ventilation systems.
Prices have not been announced officially yet, but the Panamera Turbo costs hover around the Rs. 2 crores mark and potential customers can expect the Turbo S to cost at least a quarter of a crore dearer than that. People with deep pockets and a love of flying low, please pay attention!