Providing the Panamera models with a sportier setup is the optional Sport Chrono Package (available only in conjunction with Porsche Communication Management – PCM) (standard on the Panamera Turbo S).
Included in the package are a digital and analogue stopwatch, the SPORT PLUS button, and a performance display in the PCM for displaying lap times.
When the SPORT PLUS button on the centre console is selected, the engine management system adapts the engine for a sharper response. The rev limiter is adjusted to a harder setting with the V6 and V8 petrol engines (not on the Panamera Diesel and Panamera S Hybrid).
Vehicles with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) switch to SPORT PLUS mode for harder damping and more direct steering. Panamera models with adaptive air suspension lower the chassis to Low Level and switch to a stiffer spring rate.
In SPORT PLUS mode, the trigger threshold for PSM is raised for increased longitudinal and lateral dynamics. Agility is enhanced when braking for corners with PSM enabling greater manoeuvrability under braking and exit acceleration, especially at low speeds.
For maximum dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in SPORT PLUS mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required on both of the front wheels.
The stopwatch mounted on the dashboard displays recorded driving time in hours, minutes and seconds. Seconds, tenths and hundredths of a second appear on a display screen. Alternatively, the stopwatch can be used as a conventional clock. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) has a special performance display to view, store and evaluate lap times or other driving times. It shows the total driving time, lap distance, lap number and lap times recorded so far. You can view the current fastest lap and the remaining range until empty. It is also useful away from the racetrack. Evaluate your daily mileage or define benchmark times – and rediscover your old routes.
When combined with PDK, the Sport Chrono Package has two additional functions.
The shift times in SPORT PLUS mode are shorter, the gear changes sportier. In automatic mode and at low rates of deceleration – even with high engine speeds – the system initiates a swifter brake induced downshift. In manual mode, gear changes are faster, more dynamic and more direct.
The second function is Launch Control which is designed to produce optimum acceleration from a standing start. This function is operated via the SPORT PLUS button with the ‘D’ or ‘M’ drive position selected. With the left foot depressing the brake pedal, the driver fully depresses the accelerator for maximum throttle. The engine is revved to an optimum speed of around 5,500 rpm and the clutch is held in slight contact.
The message ‘Launch Control’ appears in the PDK display of the sports steering wheel, the multifunction steering wheel or the optional SportDesign steering wheel. Now, the driver simply releases the brake pedal, and prepares for maximum acceleration. For the Panamera Turbo models, increased power output is a matter of principle. The same applies to the Sport Chrono Package which is available as an option for the Panamera Turbo (it is fitted as standard on the Panamera Turbo S). It not only combines all the functions of Sport Chrono Package, it adds one more: overboost.
Imagine you are accelerating at full throttle with the SPORT or SPORT PLUS button selected. Boost pressure is temporarily increased by 10%, which considerably increases the maximum torque that the engine is able to produce. So, for a limited period, overboost generates a torque of up to 770 Nm on the Panamera Turbo (instead of the normal 700 Nm), and a torque of up to 800 Nm on the Panamera Turbo S (instead of the normal 750 Nm). Though the boost may be brief, the smile on your face will last a lot longer.