► 2012 Porsche Panamera TURBO S (550 hp) on the road
The new Panamera turbo S is a unique combination of performance and efficiency, driving dynamics and comfort. The 4.8 litre, V8 biturbo charged engine delivers 550 hp (410 kW), ten percent or 50 hp (37 kW) more than the already very powerful engine in the Panamera turbo. By the same token, the torque also increases from 700 to 750 Nm. In the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package turbo and during kick-down in normal mode, the eight cylinder engine delivers fully 800 Nm with the so-called overBoost function.
The power pack is behind the new top-of-the-range Panamera's record sprint times. Thanks to Launch Control, 100 km/h (62 mph) is reached in 3.8 seconds; the top speed is 306 km/h (191 mph). Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption remains at the moderate level of the Panamera turbo -- yet another example of "Porsche Intelligent Performance". In the NEDC the Gran Turismo covers 100 kilometres (62 miles) on 11.5 litres of fuel. Fuel consumption falls to 11.3 litres per 100 km (25 mpg imp.) when fitted with the 19 inch, all-season tyres with optimised rolling resistance developed for the Panamera by Michelin.
The increased performance compared with the Panamera turbo can be attributed to two main enhancements: Improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminium turbine wheels and modified engine control. The use of the innovative titanium-aluminium alloy reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel. This results in a lower moment of inertia and thus in improved and more agile engine responsiveness.
Even for a top luxury class model, Porsche's new top-of-the-range Panamera boasts an extraordinarily comprehensive equipment level. In keeping with the sporty concept of the high-performance Panamera, it features the most important driving dynamics control systems as standard. For example, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), an active roll stabilisation system, nips in the bud the vehicle's tendency to lean when cornering, thus enhancing agility and comfort in equal measure. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) applies a variable torque split to the rear wheels combined with an electronically controlled rear differential lock, thus ensuring superior traction and therefore greater agility in every driving situation. The steering system uses the speed-dependent Servotronic. The Sport Chrono Package turbo, which tunes the suspension and power unit, making them even sportier by pressing the additional "Sport Plus" button, is also fitted as standard, as is the sports Exhaust system for an even more emotional engine sound.
The sporty character of the new Panamera turbo S is apparent not just in its performance but is also reflected on the exterior. The 20-inch turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and the adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler in the exterior colour ensure particularly sporty performance and look. The fusion of exclusivity and sportiness is conveyed in the interior by the bi-colour leather finish, fitted as standard. The new combination of black/cream is offered exclusively for the new Panamera turbo S with agate grey/cream also being added as an exclusive combination from the autumn.
The Panamera turbo S costs 167,076 euro in Germany, including VAT and country-specific equipment. Deliveries start in June 2011.
► 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS [on track]
More power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by ten millimetres and the
especially sportily tuned chassis with air suspension and PASM are the
major technical modifications that make it the Panamera model capable of
cutting it on the racing circuit -- without sacrificing practicality. The
sportiest of all Panameras also conveys this to occupants and the outside
world by its striking sound. In terms of looks, the new Panamera GTS
signals its independence by distinctive design features in the front-end,
side and rear area as well as black highlights. The interior as well is
rigorously tailored to the sporty personality with sports seats,
SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles, exclusive GTS leather
interior and Alcantara surfaces.
The power unit in the new Panamera GTS is a modified 4.8-litre naturally
aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430 hp (316 kW) at 6,700 rpm, trumping the
engine in its Panamera S/4S sister models by 30 hp (22 kW). The maximum
torque also increased by comparison, from 500 Nm to 520 Nm. The way in
which at the push of a button the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK)
transmits the engine output to the all-wheel drive (PTM) -- thanks to the
Sport Chrono package featured as standard without interruption to the power
flow -- is especially dynamic. This collaboration enables the Panamera GTS
to sprint to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds, accelerating on to its top
speed of 288 km/h. With NEDC fuel consumption of 10.9 l/100 km -- only 10.7
l/100 km with low-friction tyres -- the Panamera GTS remains as much of an
efficiency role model in its milieu as all Porsche models.
The standard values for sprint and top speed don't do full justice to the
new Panamera GTS's sporty characteristics. Its chassis in particular makes
it fit for the racing circuit: The adaptive air suspension and Porsche
Active Suspension Management (PASM) featured as standard connect the
chassis and body, constantly adapting to the driving challenges by
regulating levelling settings, adjusting height, adjusting the spring rate
and electrically adjusting the damping system. The damping is designed to
be tauter, which helps agility and further reinforces the new Gran
Turismo's sporty personality. Five millimetre thick wheel spacers between
the wheel and the wheel carriers increase the rear axle track width, giving
the Panamera an even more stable ride. The required grip is provided by
255/45 size 19-inch tyres on the front axle and 285/40 on the rear axle.
Deceleration on the sporty Panamera is provided by the superlative braking
system of the Panamera turbo. The
Panamera GTS is being launched in February 2012 with a price tag of 116.716
► 2012 Dodge Ram Cargo Van
The Ram Cargo Van -- or Ram C/V -- features solid sliding door and rear
quarter window and backlight privacy panels in place of clear glass
windows. However, buyers have the option of equipping their Ram C/V with
several combinations of solid and glass panels, including a choice of solid
or glass backlight.
At the heart of the 2012 Ram Cargo Van is new, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6
engine mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transaxle. The
Pentastar V-6 is a high-tech, high-performing engine with variable valve
timing that hits the sweet spot between power and efficiency. It delivers
best-in-class horsepower (283) and torque
(260 lb.-ft.) without sacrificing fuel economy.
The Ram C/V also features a new driver-selectable fuel economizer mode.
Drivers can change the transaxle shift schedule with a flip of a switch to
maximize their fuel economy.
In addition, a rear spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag
all contribute to Ram Cargo Van's class-leading aerodynamics and excellent
The 2012 Ram Cargo Van is available in four paint colors: Bright Silver
Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Stone White and True Blue Pearl.
Ram Cargo Van options include an engine block heater, media center with 30
GB hard drive and 6.5-inch touch-screen display, audio jack input for
mobile devices, Garmin® navigation system, ParkView® back-up camera, a
Mopar® cargo compartment floor mat, Mopar exterior vinyl window shading, a
Mopar full-width cargo divider, power eight-way driver's seat with lumbar
adjust, front and rear power windows, security alarm, Sirius Satellite
Radio and Uconnect handsfree voice command with Bluetooth®, remote USB
port, rearview auto-dim mirror, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear
window defroster, rear window wiper and washer and supplemental side
The 2012 Ram Cargo Van will be built at the Chrysler Group Windsor
(Ontario) Assembly Plant and will go on sale third quarter 2011. The Ram
Cargo Van will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V in the Chrysler Group's
product lineup. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.