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Porsche Upgrades Panamera Turbo With After-Market Turbo Kit

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On: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Upgrades Panamera Turbo With After-Market Turbo Kit

The Porsche Panamera has been splitting its time winning praise and fending off derision since its introduction last year. For owners that want to avoid the latter and welcome more of the former, Porsche has new options that will add power, performance and looks to the four-door. Panamera Turbo owners who want to massage even more horses out of their four-door will soon have a new option. Porsche announced the Powerkit that will boost the output of the Panamera Turbo by 40 hp. The kit will be available this fall. Also available this fall, Porsche will offer several new exterior options.

Porsche's new Powerkit will equip the Panamera Turbo models with new turbochargers that house titanium-alloy turbine wheels. The kit will also include tunes to the engine management system to make the Panamera Turbo's V8 more responsive. The kit pulls an extra 40 ponies out of the 4.8-liter V8 for a total of 540, and also boosts torque to 553 lb-ft (up from 516).

Panamera Turbo performance enjoys an upgrade with the addition of the new kit. The upgraded sedan bolts to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds--0.1 second faster than the standard Panamera Turbo. The top end of the car is raised by 2 mph up to 190 mph. Meanwhile, Porsche was careful to point out that the upgraded car will consume no more fuel than the standard 500-hp Panamera Turbo.

The new Powerkit will be offered as an option to new Panamera Turbo buyers next month. In November, it will be available as a retrofit kit. The kit will add a rather hefty $21,730 to the Turbo's $135,300 base price.

If you can't justify that much coin for the slight leap in power, performance and prestige, Porsche also announced a much more affordable Sport Design Package. The package will leave the engine untouched, but will upgrade the outside of the car with such niceties as a body-colored front fascia with black, widened air intake grilles. That package will go live in October for $4,590.

Other Panamera upgrades Porsche announced today include 20-inch Panamera Sport and new side skirts. The wheels will be available in silver metallic, black or body color as a new Panamera option, or in silver metallic and black as a retrofit option. Prices will vary by model. The side skirts will cost $1,390.

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