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 $99,900 (MSRP) and the Turbo, which starts at $146,900 (MSRP). If you go for the “standard” model, you can easily spend about $50,000, or a base BMW 5-Series, 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 to 62 miles per hour (0 to 100 kilometers per hour) acceleration. Also, you can have sport exhaust system ($3,490), ceramic composite brakes ($8,960), and rear axle steering ($1,610).

As usual, Porsche is always happy to offer customers more performance and here comes the Turbo variant that reaches 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.6 seconds and is able to accelerate to 190 mph (306 kph). 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 (522 kilowatts). 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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