June 29, 2016 – The new Porsche Panamera now reconciles two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury saloon. In its second generation, Porsche’s Gran Turismo has been redefined and realigned, advancing to become a performance icon of the luxury class. With the latest transformation, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has systematically improved the Panamera concept and is therefore introducing a four-door car that has been redeveloped and redesigned down to every last detail. This includes wholesale changes to the engines and transmission, a perfected chassis, and an interior concept reinterpreted for the future. The new Panamera also bridges the world of ambitious sports cars and that of comfortable cruising cars, thanks to a range of newly implemented features such as rear axle steering, active roll compensation and three-chamber air suspension.
911 design language featuring a dynamic flyline
At first glance, the unique concept of this four-door Porsche is reflected in a new expressive design. It is unmistakably a Panamera, with recognisable sports car aesthetics, such as pronounced shoulders, athletic flanks and an extremely fast roof line that is 20 mm lower at the rear. This typical Porsche flyline creates a stylistic link to Porsche’s design icon, the 911.
A luxury saloon that is at home on the race track
In keeping with the overall concept of the Panamera, the chassis unites the cruising comfort of a luxury saloon with the performance of a true sports car. This is achieved by supplementing the basic layout with innovative systems such as an adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM electronic damper control), the enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll stabilisation, as well as a new electromechanical steering system. The integrated 4D Chassis Control system analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time, therefore optimising the road performance of the new models. In combination with improved break performance, Porsche is now also introducing rear axle steering adapted from the 918 Spyder and 911 Turbo to its Gran Turismo cars.
New generation assistance systems
The Panamera is equipped with a range of standard and optional assistance systems which make life while driving more convenient as well as safer. Night Vision Assistant is a new feature which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals by displaying a colour highlighted warning indicator in the cockpit. If the optional new LED Matrix Headlights (with 84 image points) are selected, people beyond the visual range of the dipped beam headlight are also illuminated briefly, should they be in the computed driving corridor, enabling the driver to avoid critical situations in advance.
Looking further ahead is the new optional Porsche InnoDrive, which includes adaptive cruise control. Based on navigation data and signals from radar and video sensors, it computes and activates the optimal acceleration and deceleration rates as well as gear selections and coasting phases, for the next three kilometres. In doing so, this electronic co-pilot automatically takes bends, inclines and speed limits into account.
New engines in detail: more power, better fuel efficiency
The new, powerful and fuel-efficient Panamera turbo engines all share a special conceptual design characteristic: turbochargers integrated centrally into the V of the cylinder banks. This central turbo layout yields numerous benefits including compactness and a lower mounting position which results in a positive effect on the vehicle’s centre of gravity. The short paths between the two turbochargers and the combustion chambers enable the production of spontaneous throttle response. Engine performance can be further increased using the optional Mode Switch with the Sport Response Button. First introduced in the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Mode Switch rotary ring on the steering wheel can be used to activate one of four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual). Located at the centre of the switch is the Sport Response Button which when pressed activates the maximum power potential of the Panamera.
With its powerful petrol engine, the Panamera Turbo’s 4.0-litre biturbo V8 develops 550 hp (404 kW) at 5,750 rpm, with a maximum torque of 770 Nm (between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm). It has 30 hp more than its predecessor as well as a torque increase of 70 Nm. The Panamera Turbo accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, whilst with the Sport Chrono Package the sprint time is down to 3.6 seconds. The new turbo model features a top speed of 306 km/h and a power-to-weight ratio of just 3.6 kg/hp. A lower combined fuel consumption of 9.4 – 9.3 l/100 km, is up to 1.1 l/100 km less than that of the previous model (NEDC), therefore equating to CO2 emissions of 214 – 212 g/km.
The 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine of the Panamera 4S develops 440 hp (324 kW) available at 5,650 rpm and has 20 hp more than the previous model. Between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm, the new six-cylinder delivers 550 Nm (+30 Nm) to the drive axles. Reaching 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds (4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package), the Panamera 4S has a top speed of 289 km/h. A NEDC combined fuel consumption of 8.2 – 8.1 l/100 km (186 – 184 g/km CO2) means that the new Panamera 4S offers a fuel saving of up to 1.0 l/100 km or 11 per cent in comparison to the first generation model.
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