Techart Showcases its Panamera Concept One at Geneva Motor Show

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It wouldn’t be a Geneva motor show without a litany of tuned Porsches, so we’re not too surprised to learn that Techart is bringing four cars -- including two special-edition variants of the Panamera sedan -- to the Swiss auto show.

The centerpiece of Techart’s booth is the Concept One, which the tuner calls a Panamera Turbo "individualization study." It's just shy of an inch wider up front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear, thanks to new bodywork. Painted in Carrera white, the Concept One boasts a fascia with improved airflow to the intercoolers and brakes, says the tuner; a hood with revised air outlets; fenders and side skirts; and, out back, a new diffuser and height-adjustable rear spoiler. Techart has also supplied its own headlights, which combine running lights, parking lights, and turn signals into an LED system unit in one housing. The interior is in full leather in cocoa and white, with green stitching. And the three-spoke steering wheel boasts real shift paddles. Look under the hood and you'll find a carbon fiber engine cover, the requisite Techart logo, and an engine package that bumps horsepower up by 150. Special 22-inch forged wheels shod in Continental help channel that power to the asphalt. Next to the Concept One is the GTStreet R, a 911 Turbo-based machine with 660 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque. Techart has upgraded the clutch and altered the six-speed's gear ratios, saying that the GTStreet will reach 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 214 mph. It also gets the fancy Techart headlights and an aerodynamic kit with a lower fascia and carbon fiber splitter, said to give more downforce and better airflow to the intercooler and brakes. So owners don't introduce that lower fascia to curbs, Techart has added a nose-lift system that raises the vehicle by up to 2.4 inches. The interior receives a full leather treatment, allowing customers to choose color options. Techart's standard individualization program for the Panamera line, which we saw at the Frankfurt motor show last year, is less dramatic. As we've reported, it boasts a body kit -- Aerokit I, as TechArt calls it -- that reduces lift and has integrated brake air ducting, says the tuner. The side skirts help stabilize the car at high speeds as well, and draw your eye to the rear view, where TechArt-engraved dual oval stainless steel tailpipes make an impression. Interior color options are up to customers, who can opt for different leathers, stitching, and even matching door handles and floor mats. You also have a choice of 21- and 22-inch wheels. For the Turbo models, power upgrades come in 59- and 148-horse bumps. Techart will also be displaying its standard individualization program for the 911 Turbo, which we reported on last week. Options include a three-spoke steering wheel, aluminum pedals, custom gauges, and stainless steel doorsills. Of course, customers can completely customize the interior. Color combinations are infinitely flexible, and buyers can have leather cover virtually every surface, if desired. An Aerodynamic Kit available on both models adds a new front lip spoiler and a rear roof diffuser, along with modified side skirts. The Aerodynamic Kit II adds secondary front and rear spoilers to improve airflow to the brakes and intercooler. New daytime running lights are incorporated into the revised front fascia.

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