Porsche is making it harder and harder for me not to like this car. In fact when it was first released in 2009 I was a bit horrified that Porsche actually built a car that looked like a flattened turtle. The lines, stance and overall feel of the car simply did nothing for me. However, with each new improvement I’m finding that the Panamera is starting to grow on me in the same way that vines grow on the sides of buildings. Now is seems as though Porsche has once again tighten their vine strangling grip on me by unveiling the new Panamera Turbo S, a car that may just be the fastest tortoise in history. The car will be shown to the public at the New York International Auto Show on April 20, 2011 and promises to include a host of new features.
The twin-turbocharged V8 for example gets a 50 hp gain over the standard turbo, bringing power output up to 550 hp. Peak torque has also been increased to 563 lb-ft, up from 516 lb-ft, however when in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode, the overboost function can produced additional torque to the tune of 590 lb-ft. What all that means are 0-60 mph runs in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph – now THAT is fast!
With all that power you’d also expect that your fuel economy would be dismal, but quite honestly it’s not too bad and returns an EPA estimated 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway. On the outside the Panamera Turbo S will receive new 20-inch Turbo II wheels as well as a new Agate Gray Metallic paint. The price for all this speed, pedigree and luxury comes in at just a hair over $173,000. Which, let’s be honest, isn’t all that bad for a car with this kind of performance. Stay tuned because we’ll have more for you when we see this bad boy in person at the New York International Auto show in late April.