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Porsche Panamera Turbo Powerkit adds 40hp

Tue, 17 Aug 2010

Porsche Panamera with the new Sport Design Pack

The Porsche Panamera has the same problem all Porsches have – it’s easy to admire but quite hard to love. And it goes further for the Panamera because it has to suffer the same sniping about its looks as its SUV sibling, the Porsche Cayenne.

But Porsche aren’t losing sleep over the constant jibes about the ugly ducklings in their range. The Cayenne is a real cash cow for Porsche – it’s success fuelling the Porsche growth – and the Panamera is going the same way with 23,000 sold in just on a year. Unheard of numbers for such a car.

And whatever you may take from the ‘Ugly’ jibes be in no doubt that the Panamera is an astonishing car. And it’s quick. In turbo guise it is astonishingly quick. And it just got potentially quicker with the release of the Powerkit for the Panamera Turbo which adds 40hp to the Panamera’s already significant 500hp.

That extra 40hp doesn’t make a massive difference to the performance, at least on paper. 0-62mph drops by just 0.1 seconds and top speed goes up by just 2mph. But it will no doubt feel stronger than that; more urgent. It’s not cheap at £11,118 but it will sell. And it will be available as retro-fit from November for those Panamera Turbo owners who feel left out.

Also now on offer is a Sport Design Package  offering new nose with black grills, side skirts and body-coloured back apron with fins and diffuser. The Sport design Package is available for £2,516 and it too can be retro-fitted. Also up for grabs are new 20-inch Panamera Sport alloy wheels and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV).

More toys for the Porker. Always good.

By Cars UK