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The Panamera just got faster!

This is the first time I'm hearing of a manufacture debuting a vehicle of their's at a professional racing series as a safety car, or as others and myself call it, pace car.

I gotta see how the Panamera Turbo does as a pacecar, from the info below it seems like it is a serious performer. I guess we will have to wait for a video to see.

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The Porsche Panamera Turbo is the official safety car for the American Le Mans Series. The Panamera safety car debuted at the Twelve Hours of
Sebring previous weekend.


The Porsche Panamera Turbo is powered by a 4.8liter, twin turbocharged V8 with 500 horsepower. This enables the new safety car to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just four seconds, the top speed is 303km/h. The car is equipped with the dual clutch transmission (PDK), with both manual gearshift and an automatic mode which enables smooth gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power. This results in significantly faster acceleration and lower fuel consumption, without having to sacrifice the ease of automatic transmission. Together with the all wheel drive the Panamera Turbo is perfectly suited to handle any track situation, including inclement weather.

The Panamera presence is an expansion of Porsche’s relationship with the American Le Mans Series. The Porsche Cayenne will continue to serve as the Series’ official rapid response vehicle.
 

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Your title is a bit misleading.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo has been out for a while now. It's just that for the American Le Mans series, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is their new safety car.

I have no doubts the Panamera turbo will be fast enough for the real track cars. To back up my point:



 
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