Porsche Reveals 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S
By: Carl Malek
With the New York Auto Show fast approaching, Porsche has decided to unveil the upcoming 2011 Porsche Panamera Turbo S. The new car will assume the role as the top of the line Panamera model.
The engine for the new Turbo S is based on the familiar 4.8 liter twin turbocharged V8 which powers the Panamera Turbo. In Turbo S trim, the engine gets a 10 percent horsepower bump for a grand total of 550 angry horses, while torque goes up to 553 lb-ft over the 516 lb-ft found in the normal Turbo. For owners that want even more torque, the overboost function included with the Sport Chrono Package can temporarily increase the torque values even further to an absurd 590 lb ft, perfect for resetting a planets orbit or leaving lesser cars in the dust.
The secret to the new car’s increase in power can be credited to two key improvements that Porsche engineers made to the powerplant for the Turbo S. The first improvement was to the turbochargers themselves. By adding titanium and aluminum to the turbines in each turbo, the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel is significantly reduced. This, in turn, produces quicker responses and improves the engine’s agility. The other key ingredient added was a reworked engine management system that makes optimum use of the engines new-found power.
All of these enhancements help produce a Panamera that can reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. Porsche did keep fuel economy in mind when designing the new Turbo S. Despite the power increase, the company claims that fuel mileage would be comparable to a normal Turbo model; that car manages an EPA estimated 15 MPG city/23 MPG highway with 18 MPG in mixed driving. When the Porsche Panamera Turbo S thunders its way onto U.S soil later this spring, expect potential owners to pay a base price of $174,715 before options and fees are included.
Overall, the car appears to be a very compelling package, and one that should elevate the Panamera to the upper echelons of the Luxury Sport Sedan segment.