By Colin Bird on March 30, 2011
Porsche has been busy expanding the Panamera’s trim offerings since the model was first unveiled in 2008. Today, the automaker showed off its new top-of-the line 2012 Panamera Turbo S trim.
The Turbo S takes off where the Panamera Turbo ends in terms of features and brings an extra dose of performance. The Turbo S takes the standard V-8 powertrain and manages to eke out another 50 horsepower (550 hp). Torque has also increased to 553 pounds-feet, and an overboost function can increase peak torque to 590 pounds-feet. With the help of launch control, the Turbo S can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190 mph.
Other performance enhancements include new 20-inch wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts, an adaptive four-way extending rear spoiler, Porsche’s Servotronic steering system, a sports exhaust system and a special Sports Plus button that further tunes the engine and suspension for performance driving. Interior changes include new exclusive bicolor leather upholstery schemes such as black/cream.
In the 2011 model year, the Panamera received two entry level trims and a new V-6. A new hybrid model is coming to the 2012 model year, too. The Panamera is Porsche’s best-selling car year-to-date in the U.S. The 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in the U.S. later this spring and have a base price of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery fee.