The new Porsche Panamera now reconciles two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury saloon. In its second generation, Porsche’s Gran Turismo has been redefined and realigned, advancing to become a performance icon of the luxury class. With the latest transformation, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has systematically improved the Panamera concept and is therefore introducing a four-door car that has been redeveloped and redesigned down to every last detail.
This includes wholesale changes to the engine and transmission, a perfected chassis, and an interior concept reinterpreted for the future. The new Panamera also bridges the world of ambitious sports cars and that of comfortable cruising cars, thanks to a range of newly implemented features such as rear axle steering, active roll compensation and three-chamber air suspension.
At first glance, the unique concept of this four-door Porsche is reflected in a new expressive design. It is unmistakably a Panamera, with recognisable sports car aesthetics, such as 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.
The new model’s interior has been reinterpreted for the future with black panel surfaces and interactive displays which combine to present an intuitive user interface similar to a smartphone, with all the practical requirements for controlling the car. For the benefit of the driver, front and rear passengers, classic hard keys and conventional instruments have been significantly reduced. Instead they have been replaced with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays which take centre stage in the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit. Despite having an extended range of communication, convenience and assistance systems, operation of the new functions is now easier than before.
The Porsche Advanced Cockpit transforms the analogue world into the digital present of mobility, whilst leaving room for traditional elements, such as the centrally positioned tachometer in the instrument cluster, which is a tribute to the 1955 Porsche 356 A.
All second generation Panamera engines have been redesigned to produce more power, whilst significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. The Panamera Turbo and Panamera 4S now feature new biturbo direct injection engines. Both models can be equipped 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, whilst a V6 petrol engine with 324 kW (440hp) drives the Panamera 4S.
In keeping with the overall concept of the Panamera, the chassis unites the cruising comfort of a luxury saloon with the performance of a true sports car. This is achieved by supplementing the basic layout with optional innovative systems such as an adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology, 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 stabilisation, as well as a new electromechanical steering system.
The integrated 4D Chassis Control system analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time, therefore optimising the road performance of the new models. In combination with improved break performance, Porsche is now also introducing rear axle steering adapted from the 918 Spyder and 911 Turbo to its Gran Turismo cars.
The Panamera is equipped with a range of standard and optional assistance systems which make life while driving more convenient as well as safer. Night Vision Assistant is a new feature which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals by displaying a colour highlighted warning indicator in the cockpit. If the optional new LED Matrix Headlights (with 84 image points) are selected, people beyond the visual range of the dipped beam headlight are also illuminated briefly, should they be in the computed driving corridor.
Looking further ahead is the new optional 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 as well as gear selections and coasting phases, for the next three kilometres.