Porsche reveals new Panamera Turbo S

By topgear, 30 March 2011

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The top-of-the-range Turbo S gets a tweaked version of the twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 via improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminium turbine wheels (reducing inertia) and a modified ECU.

This bumps power up to 550bhp and torque to 553lb ft, which is handy if there's a boring song on the radio or humans begin to annoy you, or you fancy outrunning a volcano or reversing the spin of the Earth. Because should your right foot weld itself to the floor, the Turbo S will hit 100km/h from rest in just 3.8 seconds. That's faster than a Porsche GT3 RS. Flat out, you'll touch 191mph.

As with every modern performance car on offer today, the Porsche comes with a range of electronic minders keeping you on the straight and slidey. The Turbo S gets Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combo with a LSD) and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that tunes suspension and engine controls.

The Turbo S gets 20in wheels with an increased rear track, new side skirts, a four-way adaptive rear spoiler, two-tone leather upholstery and, of course, the entire back catalogue of Porsche's options list.

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