When the new Porsche Panamera was first unveiled in Berlin back in June there was a collective gasp from automobile enthusiasts around the world. The oft-criticised hatchback styling present in its predecessors was gone, replaced with a visually striking tail and upper bumper together with an LED light bar that spans across the entire width. It actually resembles the iconic Porsche 911 and is an undeniably good-looking car. (And if you haven’t seen the commercial, check it out above.)
Under the hood, the Porsche engineers have redesigned the engine from the ground up. The Panamera Turbo is the jewel in the crown with a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that cranks out 550 horsepower. If you’re wondering (like I was), the stock Panamera Turbo can complete the century sprint in 3.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 306kph. That’s serious power and speed in a four-seater luxury sedan.
The two other new models – 4S and 4S Diesel – aren’t slouches themselves, boasting a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with 440hp and 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine with 422hp respectively.
While the Panamera Turbo and its siblings are not yet available for sale in Singapore, you can put in a deposit for one. The Turbo starts from $711,688.
If you’re contented to just admire the Turbo from afar though, the Panamera City Tour is going on this weekend. The Turbo will be at ION Orchard Level One on Saturday, 5 November before making its way to W Singapore at Sentosa the following day.