What is it?
The 1980s was a decade when everything from hairdryers to stereos - crikey, probably even Stannah Stairlifts - had 'turbo' emblazoned across it. As did, of course, many cars.
The most iconic ‘turboisation’ of them all was perhaps Porsche’s. And even today, a ‘Porsche Turbo’ decal affixed to the back of a Porsche AG product creates a buzz. Welcome then, the new Porsche Panamera Turbo.
So what’s new? There’s more power, despite downsizing the V8 from 4.8 to 4.0 litres. The extra output is thanks to two new twinscroll turbochargers, which are now mounted centrally in the engine’s vee and, says Porsche, more responsive as a result. Cylinder deactivation – so eight cylinders become four on a light throttle – makes it more responsible, too, saving petrol and CO2. As does the fact that this engine weighs 9.5kg less than the old one.
Underneath the aluminium-clad body resides the VW Group’s MSB platform, sprouting double wishbones at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. On the Turbo, that’s all controlled by standard adaptive dampers and revised air suspension, which now contains three air chambers per strut instead of the normal two. This means extra cushioning and comfort.