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Sporty or luxurious? BMW or Porsche? Two of Germany’s finest production automobiles have been tuned by Vorsteiner to near perfection, contrasting the M3′s urge to be sporty with the Panamera’s desire to be luxurious. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Vorsteiner’s Candy Cane GTRS3 M3 or their Porsche Panamera V-PT, but enjoying them both in one photo shoot is a real treat.
It’s interesting how seeing both cars in the same frame makes you wonder which you’d rather have as a daily driver. The enticing and menacing widebody M3 or the more refined yet aggressive Panamera? Either way you look at it, Vorsteiner has two winners here and we could only imagine what it was like to spot the two of them prowling the streets of Los Angeles on their way to the photo shoot. Kudos to the tuning company out of California for finding a great way to add style, sophistication and performance without ruining the vehicle itself.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner BMW M3 Candy Cane GTRS3 and Panamera V-PT
[Source: GT Spirit]
Everytime we feel that Mansory can’t top its previous creation, it looks like the out-of-the-box vehicle builders have no end of out-of-the-box thoughts. Most recently, they’ve taken their already modified Porsche Panamera creation and have decided to splash a highlighter-bright yellow to its exterior.
Prestige Cars in in the United Arab Emirates will be offering the Bright Yellow Edition Porsche Panamera by Mansory that sports blue carbon fiber accents to contrast the bright yellow. The yellow/blue theme doesn’t stop there either, spreading to the engine bay and the interior.
Just like all the previous Mansory Porsche Panamera Turbo creations, this one received upgraded turbos and an exhaust system, bringing horsepower up to 690-hp and torque to 590 ft-lbs.
GALLERY: Mansory Bright Yellow Porsche Panamera
If your name is Ishmael or Ahab and you’ve always wanted to own a Panamera nicknamed Pequod, then Edo Competition’s newest Panamera build is perfect for you. If not and you’re just a Porsche Panamera owner looking to enjoy 750-hp, then Edo Competition’s Moby Dick Panamera will still do the trick.
Edo Competition is laying claim that this is the most powerful Panamera yet, enhancing the factory 500-hp of the Panamera Turbo to a powerful 750-hp (a 50% increase!). This brings its 0-62 mph time to under 4 seconds. The tuning specialist achieves this through undisclosed modifications (we’re guessing more boost and fuel along with ECU tuning) but does make mention in their press release that the Panamera comes with a redesigned exhaust system.
On the outside, Edo Competition outfits the Panamera’s aesthetics with an aerodynamic package which includes a new rear valence for the mentioned exhaust system. The vehicle was also lowered on 22-inch wheels and Edo Competition offers the option to paint the wheels any finish the customer requests.
The Moby Dick Panamera also gets its fair share of custom interior modifications based on the owner’s requests. No pricing was announced, but we’re assuming Edo Competition tackles each of their vehicle builds as a project-by-project basis.
GALLERY: Edo Competition Porsche Panamera Moby Dick Edition
Renderings were released back in May for Vorsteiner’s vision of a Panamera Turbo tuning package, and now the vision has become a reality. Vorsteiner gave the Teamspeed forums a first look at their complete Panamera Turbo, which sports Vorsteiner’s new body kit and forged wheels.
With the Panamera’s exterior styling being its biggest criticism, it’s nice to see the aftermarket tweaking the Panamera into a much less controversially-styled vehicle. It’s easy to see how big of an improvement Vorsteiner’s styling package is on the Panamera’s aesthetics, with a new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and trunk spoiler. Their new 22-inch wheels look killer on the Panamera too.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Porsche Panamera
Ah the luxury of having a Panamera Turbo. How about having the ability to increase horsepower output by close to 80 at the push of a button? TechArt, famed Porsche tuner, has done just that for the new luxury sedan with their Power Kit.
The Power Kit is labeled as TA 070/T1 and empowers the 4.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 to push out 572-hp with 612 ft-lbs of torque, an increase of 79-hp and 96 ft-lbs from the factory spec. We guess we shouldn’t be surprised one bit that TechArt would be developing a product to increase horsepower from the Panamera Turbo, but the ability and ease of use truly redefines luxury performance. Want the extra power? Just simply push the sport button on the center console. Want to save gas and just cruise? Turn it off.
No pricing is available yet, but TechArt promises that it’ll be available in August.
Official press release available after the break.
The question this raises is, how much longer before an all-out taxi war heats up in Germany at the ultimate public toll road, the Nürburgring Nordschleife? BMW already provides high-speed service around the world-famous Ring with a fleet of M5′s, so we’re hoping Porsche’s taxi might be a precursor to a fleet of Ring cabs designed to give the big Bimmer sports sedan a run for its ‘Green Hell’ money.
It won’t be easy for Porsche to match BMW’s Ring Taxi program though, given the significant cost the Bavarian automaker incurs by keeping their fleet of M5′s fresh and driven by experienced racing drivers such as Andy Priaulx, Jörg Müller, Sabine Schmitz of Top Gear fame, Claudia Hürtgen and further instructors of the BMW Driver Training program.
Still, we’d be up for a ride, especially considering the Panamera is the fastest 4-door round the ‘Ring.
Just when we thought the matte black fad (or style) was starting to fade, TechArt introduces the Porsche Panamera Black Edition to the world. Porsche’s entry to the luxury sedan market has been well received so far, combining Porsche performance with traditional comforts that drivers and passengers are used to seeing in say, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series. TechArt, a Porsche-exclusive tuner, has been merging design with functional technology since 1987.
TechArt’s newest tuning program for the Panamera gives a full car option – the Panamera Black Edition – available for just shy of $300,000 U.S. The base Panamera Turbo gets a complete overhaul inside and out, starting with traditional TechArt-styling with their aerodynamic kit. Accenting the new aesthetics is a set of 22-inch wheels in black and trendy LED daytime running lights. Engine modifications are light, with the Panamera sporting a new exhaust.
The Black Edition-theme continues onto the interior, with black leather and Alcantara seats and TechArt repainting everything possible in the interior to matte black: dash, door panel trim, center console, air vents, cup holders, etc.
For close to $115,000 U.S. over retail pricing (in Germany), the Techart Black Edition carries a real premium price tag. Chances are all the modifications could be had for less, including the paint job, but for those distinguished enough to even consider it, chances are they’ll pay for the convenience to just have it delivered complete and ready to be driven in.
The official press release is available after the jump.
GALLERY: Techart Porsche Panamera Black Edition
Four-door Porsche runs 7:56 lap time
Porsche might not be in the running for the title of the fastest sports car on the famed Nürburgring, but it can now claim the fastest lap by a sedan. According to a report in German auto pub Auto Sport, the four-door Panamera recently flew through the Green Hell in a time of just 7:56 – three seconds faster than the Cadillac.
Driving the 500hp Panamera Turbo to this new record was legendary World Rally Championship (WRC) racer and official Porsche test driver Walter Röhrl.
Until now the CTS-V has held the record since May 9, 2008, when it blew away its German competitors and was the first sedan to ever run a sub-eight minute lap.
With the current situation at GM it’s unlikely the company will seek to take back its record by running the CTS-V again. We suppose they can always take solace in the fact that the big American sedan costs less than half of a Panamera Turbo; the Turbo retailing for $132,600, and the CTS-V costing just $59,995.
[Source: Sport Auto]