The acceleration time from a standstill to 100 km/h was shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds. The electric boost function helps here, in which the performance of the electric motor boosts that of the combustion engine. Boosting can also be activated by kick-down - such as in overtaking situations. The car's top speed is 270 km/h. The parallel full hybrid concept developed by Porsche also offers "coasting" at higher speeds, which refers to free coasting with the internal combustion engine shut off and energy recovery by generating electricity.
Long wheelbase, spacious rear seating area: Executive models with the comfort of the exclusive class
The spatial concept of the Panamera with two full-fledged bucket seats in the rear seating area proved to be so successful that Porsche is further extending it in the new generation. The new Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera 4S Executive models - with their 15 cm longer wheelbase - offer more rear seating space and even better ride comfort. They have a very extensive range of features, and above all they offer exceptional comfort at both rear seat locations as standard. All Long wheelbase models have the innovative Panamera air suspension, which combines excellent ride comfort and typical Porsche driving properties.
More performance and efficiency by downsizing: new V6 twin turbo engine
Boosting of performance and efficiency is a core competency at Porsche. In developing the new Panamera, this led to an entirely new engine based on the downsizing concept: a V6 engine with three litres' displacement and twin turbocharging. The bi-turbo V6 replaces the previous 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and it is also used in the new Executive version of the Panamera 4S. Its basic parameters themselves are indicators of progress: 20 hp more power and 15 lb-ft more torque, but up to 18 per cent better fuel economy compared to the V8 engine in the previous model. This not only gives the driver a more powerful and efficient engine; turbocharging results in a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft being available over a very broad range of engine speeds for a superior and uniform power curve, even at low revs.
Most Panamera models are equipped with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung PDK. An eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S is featured in the Panamera S E-Hybrid. This transmission creates optimal conditions for further development of other efficiency functions. For example, the extended start-stop function now deactivates the engine earlier while coasting to a stop, which saves more fuel. With the exception of the Panamera GTS, models with PDK also offer a coasting function in which the clutches open in overrun, the engine idles, and the vehicle coasts freely. This function can significantly improve fuel economy, especially when travelling on the highway.
Further developed design with a new option: LED headlights
The further advanced exterior design of the Panamera can be made out at first glance. The tighter and more prominent line work at the front end is especially apparent in the larger air intakes and the distinctive transition to the headlights. In side profile, the new, more swept-back rear window creates an even more extended silhouette. When viewed from the back, the new generation Panamera is primarily made out by its new boot lid. The widened rear window emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the car and therefore its sporty character. The rear section itself was also redesigned, including the wider spoiler, and it shows a tighter transition to the rear lights, similar to the visual transition of the headlights at the front of the car.
As in previous models, the new Panamera models also offer many differentiating exterior characteristics. Further customization is achieved by the numerous options that are offered, including the new LED headlights, which give the vehicle a very special appearance.
The Panamera models are further upgraded by new standard features such as bi-xenon headlights, multifunction steering wheel and an automatic boot lid. In addition, an extended line-up of assistance systems is available for safety and convenience. The optimized adaptive cruise control system, for example, now actively intervenes in the braking process in hazardous situations. Camera-based traffic sign detection and lane departure warning offer greater convenience in rural and highway travel.
The new generation of Panamera models will be launched in Canada in the fall. Prices start at $89,500 for the Panamera and $94,800 for the Panamera 4. The Panamera S is priced at $106,600 and the Panamera 4S at $112,500. The Panamera S E-Hybrid will cost $125,900, which is followed by the Panamera GTS at $129,400 and the Panamera 4S Executive at $143,600. The top models are the Panamera Turbo for $161,500 and the Panamera Turbo Executive for $184,100.
Arriving next year are the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive. They will represent the exclusive and sporty pinnacle of the model range.
Please note: Photographs for downloading are available to accredited journalists from the Porsche press database at the Internet address https://presse.porsche.de.
Porsche Cars Canada Ltd.
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