BREAKING NEWS: meet Porsche’s new Panamera
New performance and hybrid options for our facelifted four-door
Porsche's class-leading sports saloon has received a midlife refresh with a raft of visual and technical enhancements. Revised engines, even more efficient hybrid drive and striking new design details combine to ensure that the Panamera remains the benchmark in luxury performance.
The headline act for the second gen' Panamera is the Turbo S, the new flagship twin-turbocharged V8 that will be sold alongside the Turbo S E-Hybrid. The four-litre engine in the Turbo S has been comprehensively overhauled by our engineers in Weissach and now boasts a power output of 463 kW (630 PS) and 820Nm of torque (Panamera Turbo S models: combined fuel consumption 11.1 – 10.7 l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 253– 245 g/km ). This means the new car makes 59 kW (80 PS) and 50 Nm more than the Turbo, and in Sport Plus mode can hit 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 315 km/h.
In order to harness this increased performance and to maximise cornering ability, the Turbo S has optimised three-chamber air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport. And the results speak for themselves after the Panamera Turbo S lapped the legendary Nordschleife in 7:29.81 minutes, a new record for executive cars.
Another performance-oriented evolution comes in the shape of the new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid (Panamera 4S E-Hybrid models: combined fuel consumption 2.3 – 2.0 l/100 km, combined power consumption 19.5 – 17.4 kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 53 – 47 g/km). Its revised drive system combines a 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor with a 324 kW (440 PS) 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine for a total output of 412kW (560 PS) and 750 Nm. With the standard Sport Chrono Package, this is good enough for a 3.7 second sprint to 100km/h and a top speed of 298 km/h. Battery capacity has also been increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh and the driving modes have been optimised for even greater efficiency. The 4S E-Hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 54km, an increase of 30 per cent over previous models.
Other improvements to the Panamera range include a GTS model that now makes 15 kW (20 PS) more than its predecessor. Its trademark V8 sound is even more prominent too, thanks to the new standard sports exhaust system featuring asymmetrically positioned rear silencers.
All new Panameras will benefit from improvements in chassis and control systems, geared towards both greater dynamics and comfort. The revamped Porsche Active Suspension Management system results in a noticeable improvement in damping refinement, while Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport offers improved stability.
Externally, the entire range, which still includes Sport Turismo and long wheelbase Executive models, is now equipped from the factory with the previously optional Sport Design front end with its striking air intake grilles, large side cooling openings and single-bar front light module. The Turbo S is differentiated once again by larger side air intakes and newly body colour elements that emphasise the car’s sporting stance.
At the rear, a revamped light strip now runs seamlessly over the boot lid with an adapted contour, creating a continuous connection between the two newly designed LED tail light clusters. GTS models, meanwhile, sport new, darkened Exclusive Design tail light clusters as standard with dynamic coming/leaving home function. Three new 20- and 21-inch wheels have also been added to the wheel range, so that a total of 10 different designs are now available.
Inside the new Panamera, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) includes additional digital functions and services such as the improved Voice Pilot online voice control, Risk Radar for up-to-date road sign and hazard information, wireless Apple ® CarPlay and many other Connect services. The cars also offer an extensive range of innovative light and assistance systems, such as the now standard Lane Keeping Assist with road sign recognition, as well as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus, Park Assist including Surround View and head-up display.
The new Panamera is available to order now and will start appearing in dealerships in the middle of October.
Panamera Turbo S models: combined fuel consumption 11.1 – 10.7 l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 253– 245 g/km
Panamera GTS models: combined fuel consumption 11.1 – 10.7 l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 253– 244 g/km
Panamera 4S E-Hybrid models: combined fuel consumption 2.3 – 2.0 l/100 km, combined power consumption 19.5 – 17.4 kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 53 – 47 g/km
Panamera 4 models: combined fuel consumption 9.0 – 8.7 l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 205– 199 g/km
Panamera models: combined fuel consumption 8.8 – 8.6 l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 201– 197 g/km