What am I looking at?
This is the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S – a brand new model in the range, taking flagship status over the existing Turbo model.
Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that, but the headline is that they’ve worked over the turbocharging system to kick the power up 50 hp over the Turbo model. This is good for 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 192 mph. Surprisingly it logs the same combined cycle fuel economy rating as the Turbo at 27.7 mpg.
What powers it?
It’s the same 4.8 litre V8 you’ll find in the existing Turbo model, only it’s now rated at 570 hp (from 520) and 546 lb-ft(from 510) thanks to new turbos and increased injector pressures.
Being the new flagship, the Turbo S comes absolutely loaded with kit, including exclusive paint colours – like the Palladium car in the images – and wheels, along with all the abbreviations Porsche can manage.
The spec list includes a full leather two-tone interior with walnut burl and 14 way adjustable front seats (with memory). In the mess of abbreviations you get Porsche’s dynamic chassis control (PDCC), torque vectoring (PTV), carbon-ceramic brakes (PCCB), dual clutch 7 speed gearbox (PDK), active suspension (PASM), four wheel drive (PTM) and the Porsche vehicle tracking anti-theft system (VTS) with a two year initial subscription.
How much will it cost me?
The Turbo S comes in at a pretty hefty 131,049 – 24,000 more than the Turbo.
There’s a good group of luxury 4 door coupes around now, with viable competitors in the shape of the Aston Martin Rapide, the Maserati Quattroporte and the Mercedes CLS. Super saloons like the Mercedes S-Class (even without the LHD-market 4WD models) and Jaguar XJ L Supersport would be pretty reasonable choices too.
Possibly the most natural competitor though would be the Panamera’s cousin from Audi, the A7 Sportback. The RS version particularly will tick many of the same performance boxes.
In a line?
Porsche power – but at a premium.