The Sports Car Among Luxury Sedans
The new 2017 Porsche Panamera reconciles two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury sedan. It is a grand touring automobile that has been rethought and realigned. The second generation of the Panamera is advancing to become a performance icon in the luxury class. Porsche has systematically improved the Panamera concept – with a four-door sedan that has been redeveloped and reengineered down to the last detail. Its engines and transmissions have been redesigned, its chassis even further advanced, and its display and control concept reinterpreted for the future. The new Panamera also bridges the gap between the world of focused sports cars and the world of luxurious sedans with highlights such as rear axle steering, active roll compensation and a three-chamber air suspension.
New V6 and V8 twin-turbo engines with ample power and full-fledged sound
A Porsche has always impressed with more than just sheer power; its efficiency is equally important. To elevate this formula to a new level, all second generation Panamera models have redesigned engines. They have all been made more powerful, while significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions according to the New European Driving Cycle. Two new twin-turbo gasoline engines with direct fuel injection are being introduced at the market launch in the Panamera Turbo and the Panamera 4S. Both models are equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK). The Panamera Turbo is powered by a 550 hp twin-turbo V8, while the Panamera 4S is equipped with a 440 hp twin-turbo V6.
A luxury sedan that is at home on the race track
Reflecting the overall concept of the new Panamera, the chassis also unites the cruising comfort of a luxury sedan with the performance of a true sports car. The impressive standard setup, which includes a new electromechanical power steering system, can be optionally supplemented with innovative systems such as an adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology (standard on Panamera Turbo), 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 stabilization. The integrated 4D Chassis Control system analyzes and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time and optimizes the road performance of the new Panamera. Porsche is also improving the steering precision and handling of the new Panamera with rear axle steering – which has been adapted from the 918 Spyder and 911 Turbo. Braking performance has also been improved.
A new generation of driver assistance systems
The Panamera is equipped with many standard and optional assistance systems, which make life easier and more convenient while driving. One of the new systems is Night Vision Assistant, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals and displays a highlighted warning indicator in the cockpit. The new Night Vision Assistant is one of the assistance systems that helps avoid critical situations in advance. Looking especially far ahead along the road is the new 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 for maximum efficiency, for the next 1.8 miles. In doing so, this electronic advancement automatically takes corners, inclines and speed limits into account.