Porsche Panamera Turbo

Sime Darby Auto Performance has introduced the 2013 Porsche Panamera in Malaysia, and the revised Type 970, which premiered in Shanghai in April, debuts here in four versions, these being the Panamera, Panamera Diesel, Panamera 4 and Panamera Turbo.

The rest of the facelifts, namely the Panamera S, Panamera 4 S and Panamera GTS, meanwhile, are expected to arrive later this year, while the Panamera S E-Hybrid, which replaces the pre-facelift S Hybrid, is scheduled for sometime next year.

External revisions include a tauter looking front end, with a new bumper offering larger air intakes and a more distinctive transition to the headlamps. The car now features a redesigned rear section, with a revised boot lid, new LED taillights and a more swept-back rear window area. Elsewhere, standard features now include bi-xenon headlights, a multifunction steering wheel and an automatic boot lid.

Power is up by 10 hp in the 3.6 litre V6 that equips both the Panamera and Panamera 4, so there’s 310 hp on call now. The Diesel’s 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel is good for 250 hp and 550 Nm, and the car’s top speed is up marginally to 244 km/h.

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As for the range-topping Turbo, the 4.8 litre V8 biturbo mill pumps out 520 hp and 700 Nm, with performance numbers being a 305 km/h top speed and 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package strapped on.

Pricing starts from RM740,000 for the Panamera and Panamera Diesel, while that for the Panamera 4 begins from RM780,000 and for the Panamera Turbo, from RM1.2 million. All prices are inclusive of applicable duties but without insurance, complete with a four-year factory warranty and a four-year complimentary service maintenance package.

The new range was launched in conjunction with the opening of Porsche Centre Damansara, which is located on the LDP across from Mutiara Damansara. The 14,606 sq ft facility features a sales showroom equipped with a Porsche Fitting lounge on the ground floor, replete with a Porsche car configurator and Porsche exclusive parts to customise one’s ride.

It also houses a Porsche Approved Pre-Owned Car Centre on the first floor, which offers a wide range of Pre-Owned cars certified with a minimum two-years Porsche Approved Pre-Owned Warranty. Until the new flagship centre in Sungai Besi – scheduled to open in second half of 2014 – comes about, this one will hold court as the centrepiece.