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Porsche Panamera Turbo S Ups the Thrust

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As rumored, Porsche has revealed a new Panamera Turbo S model as the new highest-performance sedan in the sports car maker's range. With a 10 percent increase in power (50-hp) the Turbo S now delivers 550-hp from its twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 engine with torque increasing from 516 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft. Plus, in the Sport and Sport Plus modes or during full throttle in the regular driving mode there's a solid 590 lb-ft on tap. That added power comes from a retuned ECU, plus lighter titanium-aluminum turbine compressor wheels, that also aid responsiveness.

With launch control, Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.

Setting the Turbo S apart on the road is an even wider rear track with new 20-inch Turbo II wheels, plus special Porsche Exclusive side skirts and a rear spoiler. Inside, all models come with a two-tone leather finish with a new black and cream combo offered exclusively on the Turbo S.

Along with the wider track and added power, performance comes in many forms with standard features including Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) which splits torque between the rear wheels and speed sensitive steering. Plus, there a standard sports exhaust system to let the world hear those turbos go.

Rumored to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Turbo S may also appear at the New York Auto Show next month.

Pricing is a steep $173,200.
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