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2010-08-18 06:30

Sport Design styling kit improves the looks. Powekit adds more go. All without voiding the warranty.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model Panamer Turbokit
Engine 4.8l V8 twin-turbo
Power 397kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque 750Nm (800Nm) @ 2 250r/min
Zero To Hundred 3.9 sec
Top Speed 305km/h
Weight 1 970kg
Porsche’s hugely successful Panamera has added a personalisation programme for owners seeking more power and individuality.

Since its launch late last year the Panamera has sold in record numbers.

For some owners the familiarity of other Panameras on the road may trigger the desire for vehicle customisation.

To this end Porsche designers and engineers have scrounged the company’s Zuffenhausen research and development centre for interesting bits, in order to offer factory customisation options for the four-door performance car.

Part of the new Porsche Panamera personalisation programme is a Sport Design Package, adding more generous air intakes as part of a unique front fascia design with revised underbody airflow management and a more pronounced aft diffuser ensuring redoubtable high-speed tracking stability.

Panamera Sport 20-inch wheels (which look like they came off a Cayenne GTS) and side-skirts round off the exterior styling upgrades courtesy of the Sport Design Package.

Powerkit - does what it says

With regards to mechanical enhancement, Panamera Turbo owners have option on a new Powerkit upgrade.

This factory enhancemment exchanges the 4.8l twin-turbo V8’s forced-induction regime for a new set of titanium and aluminium construction turbines.

An engine management system upgrade harmonises the Powerkit’s boost flow and bumps power up to just short of 400kW.

Peak rotational force swells to 750Nm (up from the standard car’s 700Nm), and then again by another 30 units to 800Nm when the Sport Plus mode is engaged.

The additional power trims official 0-100km/h benchmark acceleration statistics by 0.1 sec to 3.9 sec, whilst top speed edges up from 303- to 305km/h.

Porsche claims the Powerkit adds no fuel consumption penalty – as if this is an issue to Panamera Turbo customers in the first place.

Porsche is expected to roll out the Panamera’s Sport Design and Powerkit customisation options by the fourth quarter. Pricing tallies €4 581.50 for the styling trinkets and €16 695.70 for the engine upgrades.

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