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2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S is fast and frugal

The latest Porsche Panamera Turbo is ridiculously powerful and surprisingly cheap to run.

The Panamera Turbo S has always been a stunning piece of engineering – four doors, four seats, luxury beyond measure and heart-stopping performance – and the next version is going to be better than ever, by the sounds of it.

The new Panamera Turbo S does 27.7mpg and 0-62mph in under 4 seconds.
The new Panamera Turbo S does 27.7mpg and 0-62mph in under 4 seconds.

Porsche will unveil the next-generation Panamera Turbo S at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Among its biggest tweaks is an uprated twin-turbocharged V8 engine that uses new turbochargers and a higher injection pressure to help produce 570hp – 50hp more than the current Panamera Turbo. This allows a blistering 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds.

Torque has been increased 50Nm, too, to 750Nm between 2,250 and 5,000 rpm, with an overboost feature punching it to 800Nm.

More impressive, perhaps, is the fact that the Panamera Turbo S achieves these numbers while returning a claimed 27.7mpg – 11mpg more than the previous car managed. That, friends, is either a bare faced lie or we should all be throwing ourselves at the feet of Porsche’s engineers, because this is nothing short of amazing.

For reference, the Maserati Quattroporte, another four-seater supercar, returns 24mpg and takes nearly a second longer to reach 62mph.

The new Panamera Turbo S will handle pretty well for a car of its size, thanks to Porsche Active Stability Management with adaptive air suspension and adaptive damper control as standard. This system continuously adjusts the suspension to suit the road conditions and your driving style, with three presets – comfort, sport and sport plus available.

It’ll no doubt be luxurious, as all Panameras are. The Turbo S will come with a new interior package in dark burl walnut, which has a hint of red, and embossed Porsche crests on the front headrests.

The new Panamera Turbo S is available to order now and is priced from £131,049. First deliveries are expected in January 2014. 



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