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Porsche Releases Performance And Styling Options For Panamera - Web Exclusive

The Sport Design Package includes a unique, body-colored nose with wider black air intake grilles, separate side skirts and more.

Aug 16, 2010

With more than 23,000 global sales in 12 months, the Porsche Panamera has established itself as a sports car for four people, combining dynamic performance with day-to-day versatility. The appeal of the Gran Turismo has widened further with the recently-introduced V6-engined Panamera and Panamera 4 - powered by a new Porsche-designed 300hp six cylinder engine. From September, customer choice will expand when drivers seeking greater output from the Panamera Turbo will be able to specify the new Powerkit, which raises engine output by 40hp to 540hp. Key elements of the Panamera Turbo Powerkit are two new turbochargers with titanium-alloy turbine wheels. The engine management computer has been adapted accordingly, and the result is an appreciable improvement in the engine's responsiveness.

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Maximum torque rises to 550 lb-ft from 515. When the Sport Chrono package is combined with the Powerkit, torque increases in the over-boost mode to 590 lb-ft.

In Sport Plus mode, the Panamera Turbo with Powerkit accelerates 0.1 sec faster than the standard car, reaching 62mph from rest in 3.9 sec. Top speed is 190mph compared with 188mph stock. However, by returning 20.5mpg US during the test cycle, fuel consumption of a Panamera Turbo with Powerkit is the same as that of the 500hp version.

A Sport Design Package, new 20" Panamera Sport alloy wheels and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV) have also been introduced as options for the Panamera.

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The Sport Design Package includes a unique, body-colored nose with wider black air intake grilles, separate side skirts and the standard, body-colored rear underbody apron with diffuser and fins. Emphasizing the sporting appearance and driving dynamics of the Porsche Gran Turismo, the new 20" Panamera Sport wheels bring further choice to the range of alternative wheels available. The light multi-spoke wheel is 9.5" wide on the front, and 11.5" wide on the rear. Consequently, it does not only have a larger tire contact area but is also flush with the wheel arch for a distinctive look. The wheels are available in GT silver metallic, black, or coordinated in body color.

Furthermore, a three-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles is also available as an option in combination with the Porsche PDK transmission.

Customers seeking to further increase the chassis agility of the V8-engined Panamera models can specify Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) as an option together with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and a fully controlled rear axle differential lock. PTV Plus optimizes steering behavior by intervening in the brakes on the inner rear wheel in a bend to generate additional rotational force acting in the same direction as the steering wheel. The result is even more direct and dynamic steering response when cornering - and at the same time PTV Plus, in conjunction with the rear axle differential, improves traction on the rear wheels when accelerating out of a bend.

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