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 |  Mar 30 2011, 7:09 AM

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As rumored, Porsche has revealed a new Panamera Turbo S model as the new highest-performance sedan in the sports car maker’s range. With a 10 percent increase in power (50-hp) the Turbo S now delivers 550-hp from its twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 engine with torque increasing from 516 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft. Plus, in the Sport and Sport Plus modes or during full throttle in the regular driving mode there’s a solid 590 lb-ft on tap. That added power comes from a retuned ECU, plus lighter titanium-aluminum turbine compressor wheels, that also aid responsiveness.

With launch control, Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.

Setting the Turbo S apart on the road is an even wider rear track with new 20-inch Turbo II wheels, plus special Porsche Exclusive side skirts and a rear spoiler. Inside, all models come with a two-tone leather finish with a new black and cream combo offered exclusively on the Turbo S.

Along with the wider track and added power, performance comes in many forms with standard features including Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) which splits torque between the rear wheels and speed sensitive steering. Plus, there a standard sports exhaust system to let the world hear those turbos go.

Rumored to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Turbo S may also appear at the New York Auto Show next month.

Pricing is a steep $173,200.

GALLERY: Porsche Panamera Turbo S

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 |  Jul 06 2009, 10:53 AM

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The product offering for Porsche’s new Panamera looks to mimic that of the Cayenne SUV as news surfaces that the German sports car maker is looking at a high performance model of the sedan, as well as diesel offerings.

All that we know about this new Panamera is that it will do away with the air suspension offer on the current models in favor of more traditional coil springs. What isn’t clear is if the even sportier Panamera will be a Turbo S model with power closer to the 550hp mark, or if it will be a GTS model, with less power but a more track-ready focus. And if it is a GTS model, will Porsche offer it with orange-painted wheels?

As for the diesel engine, Porsche is reportedly looking into equipping the Panamera with a choice of two diesels – both of which will come from the Volkswagen Group. The first is the 240hp, 3.0-liter V6 unit from cars like the Audi A6, which can currently be found in Porsche’s Cayenne SUV. The other is a 322hp 4.2-liter V8 from the Audi A8.

[Source: AutoCar]