New Porsche Panamera Is A Proper Generational Leap
Porsche has unveiled the third generation of the Panamera, a luxury sedan, featuring a revamped design, enhanced digital features and a wider range of performance options. The new model emphasises a balance between dynamic performance and driving comfort, with more powerful E-Hybrid powertrains and an upgraded suspension system, positioning itself as the most dynamic sedan in its segment.
Give me a quick summary
The new Panamera features a modernised operating concept and incorporates innovative technologies to enhance its profile. Notably, the Porsche Active Ride suspension system combines increased comfort with the trademark sporting driving characteristics of Porsche. The integration of the user's digital ecosystem into the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) introduces novel ways of interacting with the vehicle. The dynamic design updates the model line's proportions, and a revamped, driver-centric interior, along with a comprehensive set of driver assistance systems, contributes to an elevated driving experience.
Does it handle much better than the 2nd-gen predecessor?
Efforts to make it carve corners more confidently are evident. It’s equipped with standard dual-chamber two-valve air suspension featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). This technology separates the rebound and compression stages of damper control, providing an extended range between comfort and sportiness. The system effectively mitigates impacts from road irregularities while maintaining body stability in dynamic driving scenarios. Additionally, the optional all-wheel steering further enhances the car's handling capabilities.
E-Performance will be a big thing for the new Panamera
Porsche will release a total of four E-Hybrid powertrains for the new Panamera. The Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid is ready at market launch, featuring a 4.0-litre V8 turbo. The output of the newly developed electric motor is 140 kW (190 PS). Together, they create a system output of 500 kW (680 PS) and a stonking 930 Nm. It sprints to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and boasts a top speed of 315 km/h. Its battery capacity is now 25.9 kWh, which enables an equivalent electric range of up to 91km in the combined WLTP cycle or 83–93km in the city cycle.
Tell me more about the new Panamera powered by more “traditional” methods…
The Panamera and Panamera 4 variants, also available at launch, feature modifications enhancing the 2.9-litre V6 turbo engine. Adjustments to boost pressure, fuel injection flow rate and ignition timing result in improved performance, generating 260 kW (353 PS) and 500 Nm. This marks an increase of 17 kW (23 PS) and 50 Nm compared to the previous model. Consequently, the Panamera achieves a faster sprint to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 272 km/h, while the all-wheel drive Panamera 4 accomplishes the same in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 270 km/h.
It’s a sporty luxo-hauler after all…
It maintains the distinctive lines and proportions of the model line, measuring 5,052 mm in length, 1,937 mm in width and 1,423 mm in height. There's an additional air intake above the number plate to accommodate the increased air demand of the drive systems. The redesigned window line enhances the sedan character, and the flush outer edges of the rear window contribute to smooth lines at the back of the car.
The infotainment looks similar to the new Cayenne?
Yes, it’s found in the new Panamera too. The Porsche Driver Experience cockpit concept achieves an optimal blend of digital and analogue controls by aligning key input and output elements with the driver's axis. Positioned to the right (left, for right-hand drive Porsches) of the steering wheel are the gear selector lever, mode switch for driving programs and assistance control stalks. This arrangement allows the driver to make adjustments to drive programs and assistance systems without having to take their eyes off the road.
The Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid looks rather menacing…
Model variants bearing the Turbo name enjoy a special position at Porsche as the performance flagships. Enhancing its position, it features a unique rear apron with painted diffuser panels and a front apron in the body colour. The exterior is further distinguished by chrome-plated tailpipes in dark bronze and optional centre-lock wheels, also available for other models in the lineup.
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