Panned: Mansory’s 690-HP Take on the Porsche Panamera Turbo

We’re pretty sure both subtle and tasteful aren’t words found in Swiss tuner Mansory’s vocabulary. After displaying an unusually trimmed Rolls Royce at the 2010 Geneva motor show, the company recently unveiled its latest creation: a rather powerful — if not gaudy — take on the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

As it rolls off Porsche’s assembly line, the Panamera Turbo is certainly no slouch. A stock Turbo develops nearly 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8. By bolting on some larger turbochargers, adding a new stainless steel exhaust system, and tweaking the engine management software, Mansory manages to coax nearly 690 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is reportedly in the realm of 204 mph, an improvement over the stock Turbo’s top end of 188 mph.

Certainly, the wild yellow-on-blue paint scheme shown on this particular Panamera lends the project no favors, but the four-piece body kit — which includes a gaping front fascia and an enormous rear diffuser out back — doesn’t exactly enhance the sedan’s shape. Mansory replaces the stock hood with one crafted from carbon fiber, while a rear spoiler is crafted from the same material. Fender flares have also been added largely to fit the new set of 22-inch forged wheels.

Inside, the Panamera’s cabin is largely stock, although Mansory bathes it in leather hides. Interior trim can be crafted from either carbon fiber or a variety of woods, while aluminum is used to dress up the pedals. Although this car sports a retina-scalding décor pattern, customers can order a car to their precise tastes.

For whatever reason, Mansory places a badge on the rear bumper proclaiming its custom Panamera to be a limited edition. We can’t help but be thankful for that fact — we’re not sure we’re ready for Mansory-tuned Porsches to become a common sighting on our local streets.

Source: Mansory