The new Panamera
The sporty car among luxury saloons
The new Porsche Panamera reconciles two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury saloon. It is a Gran Turismo that has been rethought and realigned.
The second generation Panamera advances to become a performance icon of the luxury class. In this transformation, Porsche has systematically improved the Panamera concept – with a four-door car that has been redeveloped and redesigned down to the last detail. Its engines and transmissions have been redesigned, its chassis perfected, and its display and control concept reinterpreted for the future.
The new Panamera also extends the borders between the world of ambitious sports cars and the world of comfortable cruising cars with highlights such as rear axle steering, active roll
911 design language with a much more dynamic
Visually, the unique concept of this large Porsche is reflected in a new expressive design: unmistakably a Panamera, unmistakably a sports car – with long, dynamic proportions, 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.
Plenty of functionality and easy interaction in the Porsche Advanced Cockpit
The typical Porsche interior has been reinterpreted for the future in the new Panamera.
Black panel surfaces and interactive displays combine a clear and intuitive user interface like that of smartphones and tablets with the practical requirements for controlling the car. Classic hard keys and conventional instruments have been reduced significantly. They have been replaced by touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays which take
Despite a significantly extended range of communication, convenience and assistance systems, different functions can now be used and operated more clearly and intuitively. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit transforms the
New V6 and V8
A Porsche has always impressed with more than just power; its efficiency is equally important. To elevate this formula to a new level, all of the second generation Panamera’s engines have been redesigned.
They have all been made more powerful, while significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. Three new
All of them – and for the first time including the diesel – are offered with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).
A V8 petrol engine that delivers 404 kW / 550 hp powers the Panamera Turbo and a V6 petrol engine with 324 kW / 440 hp drives the Panamera 4S. In the Panamera 4S Diesel, a V8 with 310 kW / 422 hp generates powerful thrust and maximum torque of 850 Nm.
A luxury saloon that can take to the race track
In keeping with the overall concept of the new Panamera, the chassis also unites the cruising comfort of a luxury saloon with the performance of a true sports car.
This is achieved by supplementing the impressive basic layout with innovative systems such as adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology which is standard on all Australian models, together with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control. A new electromechanical steering system also enhances the sporty characteristics.
The integrated 4D Chassis Control system
Available as an option is the further improved Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll
Next generation assistance systems
The Panamera is equipped with many assistance systems to make driving easier and safer, such as adaptive cruise control which is standard on all Australian models.
New systems include the optional night vision assistant, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals and displays a
Going the next step is the optional Porsche InnoDrive which will be available in some markets, but not Australia at this stage. 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
New engines in detail: more power, better fuel efficiency
The new V6 and V8 turbo engines of the Panamera are powerful and fuel efficient. And they all share a special conceptual design characteristic, which in the jargon of engine developers is known as "with the hot sides inward". Translated, this means that the turbochargers of the new Panamera engines are integrated centrally into the V of the cylinder banks.
This central turbo layout yields numerous benefits: The engines are more compact, enabling a lower mounting position. This, in turn, has a positive effect on the vehicle’s
Initially, the Panamera Turbo has the most powerful petrol engine of the model series. Its 4.0-litre
The eight-cylinder engine accelerates the Panamera Turbo to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds; with the
Porsche uses complex twin-scroll turbochargers to supply compressed air to the V8’s combustion chambers. The two counter-rotating chargers produce maximum torque figures at very low engine speeds. The Panamera Turbo is also the first Porsche to be equipped with the new adaptive cylinder control in its engine. In part-load
The 2.9-litre V6
The Panamera 4S can reach 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds (4.2 seconds with the
Like the eight-cylinder engine of the Panamera Turbo, the six-cylinder engine of the Panamera 4S also has petrol direct-injection injectors that are positioned in the combustion chamber. This injector position offers optimal combustion, maximum
The new Panamera is also launching with a new eight-cylinder diesel engine, for the first time in conjunction with permanent all-wheel drive. The most powerful diesel implemented in a Porsche production car to date develops
With a top speed of 285 km/h, the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel is currently the world’s fastest production vehicle with a diesel engine. The Gran Turismo reaches the 100 km/h speed mark in 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with the
The diesel model also has
At low to moderate engine speeds, the entire stream of exhaust gas is directed solely through one of the two turbochargers, which improves throttle response. The otherwise passive second turbocharger does not become active until the engine speed reaches 2,700 rpm or higher. Both turbochargers have variable turbine geometry (VTG) – a principle that is already familiar from the 911 Turbo.
Details of the new design: even more dynamic proportions
The exterior character of the Panamera has also been sharpened with the dawn of the second generation. It is based on very dynamic proportions. The new Panamera is 5,049 mm long (+34 mm), 1,937 mm wide (+6 mm) and 1,423 mm tall (+5 mm).
Despite the slight increase in height, the four-door car looks much lower and longer. This is primarily due to the reduced height above the rear of the passenger compartment – reduced by 20 mm – while maintaining consistently good headroom. This changes the car’s overall silhouette completely. The wheelbase is increased by 30 mm to 2,950 mm; this too lengthens the car’s proportions. The front wheels are shifted further forward, reducing the front overhang and making the prestige dimension – the distance between the A-pillar and the front axle – even larger. The rear overhang is longer, giving the car a more powerful appearance.
The Panamera has only grown six
The lower front end is enabled by the new compact construction of the engines in the vehicle concept. To the left and right of the
The Panamera 4S and Panamera 4S Diesel to be sold in Australia have LED headlights as standard, together with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) which swivels the headlights into bends. Additionally, the Panamera Turbo gains as standard PDLS Plus which further increases driving safety and comfort with the LED high beam across 84 individual diodes delivering precise illumination and maximum light output, as well as turning off or selectively dimming individual LEDs to avoid dazzling the car ahead or oncoming traffic.
The new side body – like the bonnet, boot, roof and wings – is made entirely of
The look of the side windows is also redesigned: its visually continuous surface, together with its lines on the rear body, creates a stylistic affinity to the Porsche 911.
The fact that the Panamera is a four-door coupé and not a conventional saloon is clearer from the rear than from any other perspective. The ‘greenhouse’ – made up of the roof, roof pillars, window surfaces – is supported by a powerful and broad shoulder section. Clearly a Panamera, definitely a sports car.
The most prominent components identifying the rear body are, without a doubt, the three-dimensional LED rear lights with integrated four-point brake lights. The rear lights are interconnected by a narrow LED strip. All of these elements together create an unmistakable night design.
Integrated seamlessly and elegantly into the boot, which features electric opening and closing as standard, is the
Porsche operating philosophy – future-based interpretation
The new Panamera exhibits a completely new interior design. In many areas, touch-sensitive surfaces replace classic hard keys, and high-resolution displays merge into the interior.
In the luxury saloon segment, the digitalisation of the Porsche interior, which began with the 918 Spyder, has reached the next development stage aboard the Panamera in the form of the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit. From the low seat position typical of sports cars, drivers not only see a fascinating front-end landscape of the car’s wings and
Located in the middle of these two displays is the tachometer, which is still an
The driver and front passenger can configure this display individually. Naturally, this is integrated into the PCM with features including navigation, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and a new voice control system that responds to natural language input. The PCM area – with its high-end, high-resolution display – transitions harmoniously into the black panel concept of the
A new control panel with touch-sensitive switches on the
In addition, the Porsche Panamera offers the best layout variability of any model in the luxury class, making it the most practical for everyday use with a 40:20:40 split of the folding rear bench backrests (495 to 1,304
The new Porsche Panamera officially goes on sale in Australia on June 29 with local deliveries of the 4S and Turbo expected in the first quarter of 2017. The Panamera 4S Diesel with
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