Porsche has announced new design features for high-specification Turbo versions of all its cars, from the 911 to the Panamera and from the Taycan to the Cayenne. The new details are designed to give the Turbo variants a more distinctive and elevated position compared with other versions, such as the more lowly S and GTS trims.
Though the new tweaks are fairly subtle, they are designed to stand out, and the key to the design is the new Turbonite colour. It isn't a paint scheme, rather a colour for details such as lettering, inlays and window surrounds. Mixing a metallic grey colour with gold elements and a satin finish, the colour will be exclusive to the Turbo variants, and it could adorn anything from aero wheel inlays to the air intakes, depending on the model in question.
Turbonite will also be found on the exclusive crest of all Turbo models, which get a more monotone badge than the classic red, yellow and black of the standard cars. Not only will the black-and-Turbonite crest feature on the nose of the cars, but it'll also be found on the alloy wheels and the steering wheel.
Speaking of the steering wheel, Turbonite will also make an appearance inside new Turbo models, featuring on trim strips on the dash and even seatbelt webbing, as well as certain controls. Switchgear such as the mode switch and air conditioning panel will be "highlighted" in Turbonite, although the "exact scope" of the colour's prevalence will depend on which model you choose. Porsche has, however, said Turbonite will be used as a contrast colour for yarn on seats, door panel trims, instrument panels and floor mats.
The new styling upgrades will debut on the updated Panamera, which is set to be revealed later this month, but it will be rolled out across the range over the coming months.
"In 1974, we presented the first turbocharged 911," said Michael Mauer, the vice-president for style at Porsche. "Since then, the Turbo has become a synonym for our high-performance top models and is now more or less a brand of its own. We now want to make the Turbo even more visible, and differentiate it more markedly from other derivatives such as the GTS. This is why we've developed a distinctive Turbo aesthetic. From now on, the Turbo versions will exhibit a consistent appearance across all model series - one that is elegant, high-quality and very special."