Porsche Has More Panamera Turbo Plans

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Here's our first look at the madness.

Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, and BMW's M division have been in a long-running horsepower and performance battle for years. Whenever one of these three reveals something new, the other two respond in kind. This tradition will definitely continue once full-scale electrification takes effect and we can't wait to see the instant torque madness all three will offer. In the meantime, the Porsche Panamera remains the automaker's only gas-powered fastback sedan and our sources tell us an even more powerful variant is in the works. Yes, that means it'll be slotted above the 620-horsepower Turbo S and, possibly, the 690-hp Turbo S E-Hybrid.

What you're looking at are fresh spy photos taken at the Nurburgring and in southern Europe of what could be the Panamera Turbo GT. The other possibility is another facelift, but we doubt it because this was done only last year.

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An anonymous company insider claims the Turbo GT is very much happening and will come equipped with the familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 640 hp. This upgraded engine is also found on the new Cayenne Turbo GT, which smashed the Nurburgring SUV record in June. Porsche claims that SUV can blast from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds and does the quarter-mile sprint in 11.6 seconds. Top speed comes to 186 mph.

To compare, the current Panamera Turbo S has a claimed 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. That said, a new Turbo GT trim would very likely improve both numbers. We quite frankly wouldn't be surprised if it were to be declared the fastest sedan in the world.

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Looking more closely at these latest images, notice there's a slightly different front bumper with tweaked air intakes along with an additional intake above the license plate. However, each of these two prototypes has a different bumper so it's impossible to know which is production-spec. The interior has been fully covered, though we'd expect the Panamera Turbo GT to receive some of the same goodies found in the Cayenne Turbo GT like a multifunction sport steering wheel and eight-way sports seats.

Assuming this ultimate Panamera really is happening, we doubt it'll be ready to be revealed at next month's Munich Motor Show, but a 2022 reveal is expected.

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