Porsche on Tuesday celebrated the world premiere of the new Panamera in Berlin to a spectacular display of lights, music and choreography. Porsche always been on the top of the table creating supercars but this time they have integrated the super-car package into their super sedan. The new Porsche Panamera reconciles two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury saloon. It is a Gran Turismo that has been rethought and realigned. The second generation of the Panamera is advancing to become a performance icon of the luxury class.
In this transformation, Porsche has systematically improved the Panamera concept – with a four-door car that has been redeveloped and redesigned down to the last detail. Its engines and transmissions have been redesigned, its chassis perfected, and its display and control concept reinterpreted for the future. The new Panamera also extends the borders between the world of ambitious sports cars and the world of comfortable cruising cars with highlights such as rear axle steering, active roll compensation and three-chamber air suspension.
The design language of the new Panamera creates a link to the Porsche 911 by its even more dynamic flyline and specific design elements of the sports car icon. The silhouette and proportions of the new Panamera models are more Porsche than ever. Clearly perceived rounded transitions, powerful muscles and a sharpened sports car silhouette emphasise the precision of the new design. A stunning identifying feature at the front: LED main headlights with four-spot daytime running lights, including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) on the Panamera Turbo.
The interior has been completely restyled – and nevertheless remains typically Porsche. The centre console ascends towards the front. The dashboard is flat and conspicuously wide. The analogue rev counter is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster. The centre console with Direct Touch Control has a surface in glass look featuring touch-sensitive buttons for direct access to the most important functions. In between: the compact gear selector. A high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display is integrated into the dashboard. In conjunction with optional four-zone automatic climate control, the passengers in the rear also have a touchscreen display of their own. Two high-resolution screens, one to the right and one to left of the rev counter, display virtual instruments, maps and a range of other information.
With a power output of 404 kW (550 hp), the new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine featuring twin-scroll turbochargers, VarioCam Plus and adaptive cylinder control produces 22 kW (30 hp) more than the engine in the predecessor model – despite a reduction in fuel consumption. The maximum torque of 770 Nm is achieved between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is 306 km/h.