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By Mark Kleis

Porsche has decided that the Panamera Turbo is either too slow, too plain or too cheap, but whichever of the three you think the German automaker pinned as the problem, the Panamera Personalization Program is the answer.

In an effort to better meet exclusive customer’s needs, Porsche will now offer a series of add-ons to the already impressive – and expensive -Panamera model lineup. The most noteworthy add-on to most will likely be the Panamera Turbo Powerkit, which helps to boost horsepower from a pedestrian 500 to a more prolific 540. Naturally, the kit also boosts torque, from the standard 516 lb-ft of torque to 553 lb-ft of asphalt-shredding torque.

Should the Panamera Turbo in line for the Turbo Powerkit already possess the Sport Chrono Package, that figure jumps to a staggering 590 lb-ft of torque. How are these power increases achieved? Porsche says that two new turbochargers do the trick, complete with titanium aluminum turbines, along with unique engine management tuning.

The changes from the kit take the standard Porsche Panamera Turbo’s zero-to-62 mpg time from 4.0 seconds flat to just under, at 3.9 seconds. Despite the boost in oomph, Porsche says EPA ratings remain the same at 15 city and 23 highway – avoiding the gas guzzler tax. This upgrade kit will carry a price tag of $21,730.

Cosmetic upgrades are not forgotten

Remembering than most luxury and performance automobile owners enjoy unique and gorgeous style just as much as exhilarating performance, Porsche also created a new Sport Design Package which will provide for a unique, monochrome front fascia with larger black air intake grilles. The kit also includes new side skirts and the standard rear underbody apron with diffuser and fins in a monochrome paint scheme. this kit will retail for $4,590 in complete form, with the side skirts available alone for $1,390.

Porsche has also added new 20-inch Panamera Sport wheels available for the entire Panamera line-up. the wheels are 9.5 inches wide in the front, and 11.5 inches wide out back, and can be ordered in GT Silver Metallic, Black or any Panamera exterior paint color. Pricing for the wheels varies by model and color.



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Porsche rolls out new Panamera personalization program, includes 40-hp boost for Turbo

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Aug 17th 2010 at 7:29PM

Anyone familiar with Porsche's options catalog knows that a nearly endless list of custom extras are available for the automaker's entire model range. However, Porsche is now offering something extra special for customers of its new four-door sedan. Dubbed the Porsche Panamera personalization program – try saying that three times fast – the PPPP incorporates styling and performance tweaks, depending on your taste (and budget).

The top-rung Panamera Turbo can now be had with a Powerkit package that uses two new turbochargers and revised engine mapping to offer 40 more horsepower and 37 more pound-feet of torque over the standard Turbo, totaling 540 and 553, respectively. What's more, the Powerkit treatment includes Porsche's Sport Chrono Turbo Package, and if the car is driven in Sport Plus mode, torque output is further increased to 590 lb-ft. That's a whole lot of twist. This Holy Grail of Panameras will sprint to 62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph, yet it still manages to keep the Turbo's EPA-rated city/highway fuel economy of 15/23 miles per gallon.

Available on the full Panamera range, however, is the Porsche's new Sport Design Package which includes a unique front fascia with wider air intakes, a new rear underbody apron incorporating a new diffuser and fins, different side skirts and 20-inch Panamera Sport wheels available in a range of colors. It certainly does a lot to beef up the sedan's appearance, and we're quite fond of the overall treatment.

In true Porsche fashion, these upgrades do come at quite a cost. The Panamera Turbo Powerkit retails for $21,730 (or, you know, the cost of a well-equipped Mazda3), and the Sport Design collection will set you back an additional $4,590. It's a pretty penny to pay for some added exclusivity, but for people in the Porsche-buying tax bracket, it's probably more affordable than you think. Hit the jump for the full details in Porsche's release and check out the highlights in our high-res gallery below.



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