Porsche will unveil no less than five technological innovations in the luxury performance car segment when the Panamera is revealed to the world at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 20.
These include the first automatic start/stop in conjunction with PDK transmission, air suspension with additional air volume on demand, as well as active aerodynamics with a multi-stage, adjustable rear spoiler moving up when required on the Panamera Turbo.
Offering the premium customer an unprecedented vehicle concept, the Panamera is a four-seater Gran Turismo featuring the most supreme standard of dynamic performance and superior elegance all in one.
The Panamera is most definitely the segment leader in terms of performance, driving dynamics and efficiency. Indeed, these have always been Porsche’s core competences, since efficient, high-performance engines, lightweight engineering and optimised aerodynamics have always been crucial in motorsport.
The Panamera combines for the first time this DNA of Porsche and the emotional character of a sports car with the superior space and comfort of an outstanding luxury performance sedan, creating a unique Gran Turismo in the process.
The powertrain: maximum performance and efficiency
The blend of comfort, performance and efficiency offered by the Panamera begins with the powertrain.
The Panamera comes exclusively with high-tech V8 engines featuring the most advanced and fuel-efficient Direct Fuel Injection. The consistent optimisation of friction on these engines is further enhanced by innovations such as map-controlled coolant/temperature management, as well as ancillary units with enhanced performance.
Introducing the PDK transmission as standard on all three Australian models, Porsche is offering a double-clutch gearbox for the first time in this market segment. The result is improved fuel economy and an even higher level of sporting performance.
Far superior to a conventional automatic transmission in its capabilities, the PDK transmission is able to save even more fuel through its long, overdrive gears. At the same time it offers outstanding performance with driving dynamics typical of Porsche through its optimum gear increments and unparalleled, ultra-fast gearshift without the slightest interruption to engine power.
Yet a further milestone featured in the Panamera is the first start/stop system in a premium car with this type of transmission.
In conjunction with other specific improvements enhancing the efficiency of the Panamera – which include tyres with minimum roll resistance and disc brakes with residual brake forces likewise reduced to a minimum – the Panamera S with its PDK gearbox makes do with just 10.8 litres/100 kilometres in the New European Driving Cycle, and it does so despite the car’s superior performance with 294 kW and 0–100 acceleration time of 5.4 seconds.
Chassis and suspension: driving dynamics and comfort all in one
The chassis and suspension of the Panamera is not a compromise between sporting performance and superior comfort, but rather a combination of the two. In its basic setting it offers a very high standard of driving comfort. But then, at the touch of a button on the active PASM damper system, it turns into a thoroughbred sports suspension.
As another highlight, the adaptive air suspension with extra volume added whenever required – an absolute innovation in automotive technology – featured as standard on the Turbo and otherwise as an option on the S and 4S, offers an even greater variation of sporting and comfort features.
Driving dynamics and comfort are further enhanced with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and limited-slip rear differential, which will be standard on the Panamera Turbo and available as an option on the S and 4S.
Through the Sport Plus button, the optional Sports Chrono Packages enables the driver to choose the uncompromising high-performance set-up of all drivetrain and suspension systems including Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with its fully-controlled all-wheel drive. PTM is standard in both the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo.
Body: light and functional
The body is the synthesis of lightweight technology typical of a sports car, superior comfort, spaciousness, and superb aerodynamics. The most advanced production methods and materials are used on the body of the Panamera, geared in all cases to specific requirements and functions.
These include all types of steel grades, light alloys such as aluminium and magnesium, as well as plastics. The lightweight doors feature a load-bearing structure made of laser-treated pressure-cast aluminium, an aluminium outer skin and door window frames made of thin-walled pressure-cast magnesium. Thanks to this intelligent lightweight structure, the Panamera S, for example, weighs just 1,770 kg.
The rear seats set new standards in the luxury performance class in terms of both comfort and variability. Perfectly contoured as single seats, they offer maximum comfort also at the rear through their wide range of electrical adjustment and seat climate functions.
The Panamera has a highly functional luggage compartment. The seat backrests tilt forward individually with additional through-loading increasing luggage capacity up to 1,263 litres while keeping the luggage floor level from front to rear.
The Panamera is the first car in its segment with a completely flat under-floor to help reduce both air resistance and lift forces on the axles, which in practice means lower fuel consumption and greater stability.
The visible highlight of the overall aerodynamic package is the active four-way rear spoiler on the Panamera Turbo. Through its efficient management of control angles and surface geometry geared to driving conditions, the rear spoiler optimises the car’s aerodynamics and performance all in one.
Acoustics: sporting sound and superior touring comfort
The sound of the new Panamera is the way it needs to be – quiet and refined at cruising speed with the ability to unleash emotion and intensity when the driver chooses to drive spiritedly. In essence, Porsche engineers have brought together seemingly contradictory acoustic requirements.
Aeroacoustics, for example, were analysed on a clay model right from the start of the development process and then optimised in conjunction with technical improvements. The result is a truly low level of noise inside the car befitting a luxury Gran Turismo. But at the same time the typical Porsche sound full of power and dynamism comes out clearly when accelerating, the wide range of sound offered by the Panamera therefore extending from discreet modesty while cruising all the way to powerful emotion whenever the driver wishes to press on.
Porsche has created a car that deserves to be regarded as both a genuine luxury car with limousine-like silkiness and a sports car worthy of the Porsche name.
The Panamera S, 4S and Turbo models go on sale in Australia in October, priced from $270,200.
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