A Porsche has always impressed with more than just power; its efficiency is equally important. To make the new Panamera even more efficient than the previous model, the second generation Panamera has all new engines. They have been made more powerful, while significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. Two new twin-turbo direct injection engines are being introduced at the market launch in the Panamera Turbo and the Panamera 4S. All models are equipped with a permanent, fully variable all-wheel drive system and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK). A 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine that delivers 550 hp propels the Panamera Turbo while a V6 gasoline engine with a displacement of 2.9 liters and an output of 440 hp drives the Panamera 4S.
In keeping with the overall concept of increasing usability while improving performance, there are numerous changes to the suspension system in the second generation Panamera. First, a new electromechanical steering system for the front wheels, and rear-axle steering for the rear wheels simultaneously improves high-speed stability and slow-speed maneuverability. Ride-height adjustable adaptive air suspension is available with a new three-chamber technology, including electronic damper control (Porsche Active Suspension Management PASM). Also available is an enhanced electromechanical Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). The integrated 4D Chassis Control system analyzes the driving conditions in real time and enables optimized and coordinated use of all systems together for even better handling in the new Panamera. Furthermore, the brakes are even more powerful than before to bring the braking power in line with the increased performance.
In part-load operation, the combustion process of the V6 engines is characterized by a shorter compression phase with a higher compression ratio. In combination with a normal expansion phase (but longer in duration than compression phase), this results in clear efficiency and fuel consumption advantages. The following applies: the shorter the intake opening time, the higher the compression ratio and the efficiency gain. However, the shorter opening time reduces the fill of the combustion chamber. This is why the valve timing and compression have a variable design: the intake valve control switches to longer intake timing as soon as the driver requests more power. This ensures that the engine delivers the maximum power with optimal efficiency in the full load range as well.
Despite the slight increase in height and the exceptionally spacious interior, the new Panamera appears lower and longer. This is primarily due to the 20 mm reduction in height above the rear of the passenger compartment while maintaining substantial headroom. This changes the car’s image completely. The wheelbase has been increased by 30 mm to 2,950 mm (116.14 inches); this too lengthens the car’s proportions. The front wheels were shifted further forward (12 mm), reducing the front overhang and making the distance between the A-pillar and the front axle – even larger. The rear overhang is longer, giving the car a more powerful appearance.
The new Panamera has a redesigned high-tech lightweight body with even more aluminum than before. On the predecessor, the outer-door panels, hood, hatch, and front fenders were made of aluminum. With the new Panamera, Porsche is now going much further and also producing large body parts such as the whole side section and the roof in aluminum.The Panamera body is based on the Modular Standard Drive Train Platform (MSB), which Porsche is responsible for developing in the Volkswagen Group. One of the many advantages of the MSB is its great versatility. For example, Porsche is able to produce the new Panamera at its Leipzig plant with two different wheelbases and all conceivable drive types for this segment.
The new Panamera exhibits a completely new display and control concept. Touch-sensitive surfaces replace buttons in many areas, and high-resolution displays are integrated into the interior. The digitalization of the Porsche interior, which began with the 918 Spyder, is now in its next development stage and has reached the luxury sedan segment aboard the Panamera in the form of the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit. From the low seat position typical of sports cars, drivers not only see the traditional front-end landscape of the car’s fenders and power dome, but also two 7-inch displays that are placed along the driver’s line of sight for ideal ergonomics. Each can feature two instruments, and located centrally between these two displays, is the tachometer, which is still an analog instrument in keeping with tradition.
The functional range and properties of the adaptive cruise control have been significantly improved. Crucial here are two important innovations that were used to modify the system of the first generation Panamera: instead of one radar sensor (usually integrated in the middle of the lower fascia), two are used in the new Panamera. They are integrated in the lower bumper on the left and right sides. In addition, the cruise control system now also incorporates camera sensors into its control. This system extension makes monitoring of the distance to vehicles ahead more reliable. In addition, vehicles merging into the car’s own lane from adjacent lanes are detected much sooner. If necessary, the system can bring the car to a standstill. Thanks to a stop-and-go function, the Panamera can also resume driving autonomously. If the standstill lasts longer than three seconds, all the driver needs to do to drive off again is to briefly tap the accelerator pedal or resume the function from the steering wheel stalk.
Looking especially far ahead along the road is the new Porsche InnoDrive, which includes adaptive cruise control. Based on navigation data, the system calculates the optimal acceleration and braking figures for the next 1.8 miles (3.0 kilometers) and these figures are implemented via the engine, eight-speed PDK, and the brake system. In doing so, this electronic co-pilot automatically takes corners, hills and speed limits into account. The traffic situation in front of the car is captured by radar and video sensors, and control is adapted accordingly. The system significantly improves the Panamera’s efficiency. Currently, there is no comparable technology worldwide.
Panamera cars are equipped with LED headlights including four-point LED daytime running lights as standard. LED headlights, including the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), are standard in the Panamera Turbo, and available on the Panamera 4S. Optionally, the newly developed LED Matrix headlights with PDLS Plus can be ordered as optional equipment. This is a system with which Porsche transfers the maximum potential of today’s lighting technology into the Panamera. The LED Matrix headlights contain a total of 109 LEDs for all lighting functions. The LED Matrix module alone comprises 84 LEDs (pixels).
The Lane Keep Assist system being offered for the first time in the Panamera reduces the risk of unintentionally leaving one’s own driving lane. The system now being implemented in the Panamera is one of the most advanced of its kind. It detects lane markings via a camera in the windshield and operates over a driving speed range from 40 to 155 mph. As soon as the driver leaves the lane without activating the turn signal, the car automatically steers via the new electromechanical steering system. If desired, the driver can also configure the PCM to output an audible warning and a visual warning in the instrument cluster. One component of the system is road sign recognition. It utilizes the same camera as the lane keep assist.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Engine||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Type||V6 twin turbo||V8 twin turbo|
|Displacement||2,894 cc||3,996 cc|
|Bore x Stroke||84.5 x 86.0 mm||86.0 x 86.0 mm|
|Max power||440 hp @ 5650-6600 rpm||550 hp @ 5750-6000 rpm|
|Max torque||405 lb-ft @ 1750-5500 rpm||567 lb-ft @ 1960-4500 rpm|
|Output per liter||152 hp/liter||138 hp/liter|
|Max engine speed||6800 rpm||6800 rpm|
|Cooling system||Water cooling, thermal management with control thermostat and potted water pump|
|Valve control||VarioCam Plus: variable cam phasing on intake and exhaust cam, valve lift switching on intake||VarioCam Plus with adaptive cylinder control: variable cam phasing on intake and exhaust cam, cylinder deactivation via two-stage sliding cams on take and exhaust cams|
|Power transmission||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Drive system||Porsche Traction Management (PTM): active all-wheel drive with electronically- and map-controlled multi- plate clutch, variable torque distribution between front and rear axles|
|Transmission||8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)|
|Gear ratios||1st: 5.97|
|Rear axle: 3.36|
|Chassis||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Suspension||Steel springs with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)||Adaptive air suspension with three-chamber air springs and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)|
|Front axle||Aluminum double wishbone suspension|
|Rear axle||Aluminum multi-link suspension|
|Steering||Electromechanical servo steering; optional rear axle steering|
|Steering ratio||15.5:1 (center position) up to 9.3:1 With rear axle steering: 14.2:1 center, up to 9.3:1|
|Steering wheel diameter||375 mm|
|Turning circle diameter||39.0 ft With rear axle steering: 37.4 ft|
|Driving stability system||Porsche Stability Management (PSM) incl. ABS with extended brake functions|
|Brakes||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Brake system||Front: 6-piston aluminum monoblock fixed calipers; Rear: 4-piston aluminum monoblock fixed calipers|
|Brake discs, front axle||Grey cast iron, internally vented|
|Diameter: 360 mm||410 mm|
|Thickness: 36 mm||38 mm|
|Brake discs, rear axle||Grey cast iron, internally vented|
|Diameter: 330 mm||380 mm|
|Thickness: 28 mm||30 mm|
|Wheels and Tires||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Front||9J x 19 ET 64 265/45 ZR 19||9.5J x 20 ET 71 275/40 ZR 20|
|Rear||10.5J x 19 ET 62 295/40 ZR 19||11.5J x 20 ET 68 315/35 ZR 20|
|Length||198.8 in / 5049 mm|
|Width (with mirrors)||76.3 in / 1937 mm (85.2 in / 2165 mm)|
|Height||56.0 in / 1423 mm||56.2 in / 1427 mm|
|Wheelbase||116.1 in / 2950 mm|
|Track width, front||1671 mm (19" wheels)||1657 mm (20" wheels)|
|Track width, rear||1651 mm (19" wheels)||1639 mm (20" wheels)|
|Luggage volumes and weights||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Luggage volume||17.4 - 46.0 cu ft / 495-1304 liters|
|Curb weight (DIN)||4123 lbs/1870 kg||4398 lbs/1995 kg|
|Allowable gross weight||5501 lbs/2495 kg||5699 lbs/2585 kg|
|Weight-to-power ratio||9.5 lbs/hp; 4.3 kg/hp||7.9 lbs/hp; 3.6 kg/hp|
|Driving performance||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Top speed||179 mph||190 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph: 4.2s||3.6s|
|w/ Sport Chrono Package||0-60 mph: 4.0s||3.4s|
|Fuel and emissions||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Emissions standard||Euro 6|
|Fuel tank capacity||19.8 g (23.8 optional)||23.8 g|
|Aerodynamics||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|Air drag coefficient, cd||0.29||0.3|
|Frontal area, A||2.37 sq m||2.38 sq m|
|cd x A:||0.687||0.714|