Porsche is ready to present the all-new Panamera in India and is selecting to do so in quite a powerful fashion – factually! The Panamera Turbo is the first variant that will be presented and comes powered by a new, lighter and more compact dual-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that belts out 550 – PS of power and 770 – Nm of torque. The engine now comes paired with a new 8 speed PDK auto gearbox with four-wheel drive equipped as standard. 0-100 kmph comes up in just 3.8 seconds and if you are feeling particularly impatient, just get the Sport Chrono bundle to shave that time down to 3.6 seconds. Slam the pedal, hold it there and you can see the Panamera Turbo max out at 306 kmph.
Apart from the performance, the Panamera Turbo does, of course, come loaded with tech like LED headlamps as standard. The system includes Porsche’s Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with dynamic range change, speed-sensitive headlight range control and dynamic cornering lights. Other features include a panoramic sunroof, 4-zone weather control with a touch-screen monitor for the back occupants and sound systems by Bose or Burmester. Now, as per the official website, the Panamera Turbo will be presented at a price of around Rs.1.96.cr. The site also lists the prices of the Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera Sport Turismo, with both probable to cost over Rs.2 cr.
All 3 variants are powered by the same engine, but have alterations in their performance stats. For example, the Turbo Executive, which gets a 150 mm boost in length and wheelbase over the Panamera Turbo, takes 3.9 seconds for the 0-100 km per hour sprint (3.7 with Sport Chrono package). With its better dimensions, it is slightly slower, but promises greater cabin space. A major introduction would be the Sport Turismo, the only wagon and 4+1 seater in the line-up. It retains the Panamera Turbo’s dimensions, but is 5-mm taller. The 0-100 kmph figures remain the same too, but the top speed drops to just 304 kmph. If launched, it will be a rare performance wagon in India, joining the likes of the Audi RS6.
It remains to be seen which forms of the Panamera will be available at launch, but the more popular diesels, as well as hybrid iterations will be presented later this year. Direct competitors to the Panamera include the Aston Martin Rapide and Maserati Quattraporte.
Porsche Panamera Turbo Dimensions (Length x Width x Height x Wheelbase) = 5,049mm x 1,937mm x 1,427mm x 2,950mm