4S or Turbo?

The second generation Porsche Panamera debuted late last month and the German company is now launching its official American online configurator.

Still available alongside the old model, the stylish four-door vehicle is offered in two versions – the 4S with a starting price of $114,300 (MSRP) and the Turbo, which starts at $167,600 (MSRP). If you go for the “standard” model, you can easily spend about $50,000, or a base BMW 3 Series Touring, on extra equipment. Speaking of optional extras, even the 4S model can be equipped with the Sport Chrono Package that grants customers with 0.2 seconds reduced 0-100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62 miles per hour) acceleration. Also, you can have a sport exhaust system ($3,990), ceramic composite brakes ($10,230), and rear axle steering ($1,840).

As usual, Porsche is always happy to offer customers more performance and here comes the Turbo variant that reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds and is able to accelerate to 306 km/h (190 mph). A nicely equipped Turbo will cost you more than $200,000.

But if that’s not fast enough for you, then you will be pleased to hear the automaker is preparing a super-hybrid model that combines the Panamera’s V8 biturbo with electric motors for a total output of 700 horsepower. According to a recent report, the powertrain will be sourced from the 918 Hybrid and will most likely provide improved performance and better fuel economy.

Source: Porsche

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