Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Porsche has released details of its latest Panamera, the range-topping Turbo S.

Its twin-turbo V8 engine boasts 542bhp and 553lb ft, up 49bhp and 37lb ft over the regular Turbo. A further 37lb ft of torque is available courtesy of an overboost function; a 590lb ft total spread between all four wheels should provide pretty vivid performance. Porsche claims a 0-62mph figure of 3.8sec, bettering the Turbo by 0.4sec and even a Porsche 911 GT3 RS by 0.2sec.

The top speed has also marginally increased over the Turbo, up 3mph to 191mph. All of this performance is kept in check by the usual array of acronyms, such as PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control) and PTV Plus (Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus), which are standard on this model. Porsche also points out that this model is no less economical on fuel than the standard, 24.6mpg Panamera Turbo.

A faster version with few negatives, then, though the starting price for the new Panamera Turbo S is £122,623, almost £20,000 more than the standard Turbo. Your extra money doesn’t just go on outwardly invisible extra performance though, with the exterior appearance benefiting from 20in Turbo II alloy wheels, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range, increased rear track width and an adaptive extending four-way rear spoiler. There are also two new interior options exclusive to the Turbo S, black/cream and agate grey/cream. The Panemera Turbo S is available from June