The Turbo variant of the Panamera boasts 493bhp at 6000rpm (99 horsepower more than the Panamera S), and a whopping 516lb ft of torque slugging it out between 2250 and 4500rpm. On the road this shows.
The Porsche will happily kick down into sixth at an indicated 175mph. We know, because we drove the Panamera Turbo on the autobahn. Then, with the rev counter pegged at 6700rpm, the digital speedometer shows a spectacular, if slightly optimistic, 200mph. Perhaps a little irrelevant on British roads, but in Germany, this performance makes all the difference.
More impressive than this, however is Porsche’s dynamic chassis control, which combines active yaw and roll via switchable anti-roll bars. A clever rear diff also apportions torque from side to side. The Sport Chrono pack is also a useful tool. A ‘Sport Plus’ mode tunes the engine, transmission and suspension, whilst launch control and a turbo overboost that comes in under full acceleration are also good assets.
Source: Car Magazine