It seems only yesterday that any car capable of hitting 0-62mph (100km/h) from standstill had to be very super car like, very loud and above all else, very expensive.  Porsche however, known as the undisputed kings of evolution over revolution, have tinkered with their Panamera Turbo to offer a number performance and styling upgrades for its owners to bring this level of performance into a slightly more affordable zone.

The Panamera Turbo “Powerkit” contains two new turbochargers with titanium-alloy turbine wheels.  The ECU has also been adapted to raise maximum torque from 700 Nm to 750 Nm, or to 800 Nm if you also select the Sport Chrono package and use its over-boost mode.  In Sport Plus mode, the Panamera Turbo with Powerkit accelerates 0.1 sec faster than the standard car, reaching 62mph from rest in 3.9 sec. Top speed is 190mph (305 km/h) compared with 188mph (303 km/h).

Porsche's Panamera Turbo Powerkit will carry its occupants toward the horizon at an alarming pace

The Sport Design Package includes a unique, body-coloured nose with wider black air intake grilles, separate side skirts and the standard, body-coloured rear underbody apron with diffuser and fins. Starting from October 2010, the Sport Design Package will be available from Porsche Exclusive for £2,516 including VAT, or for retro-fitting from Porsche Tequipment.

The new 20-inch Panamera Sport wheels bring further choice to the range of alternative alloy wheels available. The light alloy multi-spoke wheel is 9.5″ wide on the front, and 11.5″ wide on the rear. The wheels are available from Porsche Exclusive in GT silver metallic, black, or co-ordinated in body colour from £2,247 including VAT (£1,058 on Turbo models). The wheels are available in GT silver metallic and black for retro-fitting from Porsche Tequipment.

Both visual and performance upgrades are available on new cars or as retrofits

The Powerkit will be available from September 2010 at a price of £11,118 including VAT. Porsche Tequipment will launch the Powerkit as a retrofit kit from November.

To hit 62mph from zero in under four seconds in this type of car is a real landmark in motoring and lays down a big marker in the sand for the next evolution of the BMW M5 to surpass.  Show us what you’ve got Munich ….

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Rick Osborn

Rick has met and interviewed many well known names in the world of film, music and sport. He brings his enthusiasm for cars, technology and social media to SkiddMark.

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