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Porsche unveils new Panamera

NOW WITH THE TURBO S FLAGSHIP

The term “four-door sports car” is one of the most abused one in automobiledom. But there’s one car that is its absolute definition — the Porsche Panamera. Much more than a stretched Porsche 911 with rear doors, the Panamera is the consummate high-performance saloon — an over-achieving ground-bound executive jet that is as equally rewarding to drive as it is to ride.  

And now Porsche rolls out a new Panamera that has even broader performance envelope. 

Panamera Turbo S: Zero to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and a 315 km/h top speed

The new flagship 630ps Panamera Turbo S model betters the performance figures of the previous Panamera Turbo by a wide margin. With supercar-like 630ps and 820Nm of torque, the new Panamera Turbo S offers 80ps more power and 50Nm more torque than the previous flagship Turbo. 

The Turbo S accelerates from 0–100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds. The familiar 4.0-liter biturbo V8 has been comprehensively overhauled to give the car a stunning top speed of 315 km/h. 

The three-chamber air suspension, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the roll stabilization system Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) have been customized to each model. 

The new Panamera Turbo S has already proven its uncompromising performance capability on the legendary Nürburgring, where test driver Lars Kern completed the 20.832-km lap on the most demanding racetrack in the world in exactly 7:29.81 minutes – the new official record in the “executive cars” class.

 Panamera GTS — True V8 muscle  

With 480ps and 620Nm, the new Panamera GTS delivers 20ps more power than its predecessor. The traditional V8 sound is even more prominent thanks to the new standard sports exhaust system featuring asymmetric silencers.

Panamera and Panamera 4 — V6 economy with V8 power

The new Panamera and Panamera 4 are now equipped with the familiar 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine. Delivering 330ps and 450Nm, the performance remains unchanged. The chassis and control systems have been geared towards a sporty and also comfortable character for all new Panamera models. 

Some systems have even been applied completely from scratch. For example, the revamped Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system results in a noticeable improvement in damping comfort, while the control of the electric roll stabilization system Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) ensures improved body stability. Even the steering system and tires have been further improved.

 4S E-Hybrid with pure-electric range of up to 54 km

Porsche is presenting a further performance-oriented plug-in hybrid model with the new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. The intelligent combination of the 136ps electric motor integrated into the 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and the 2.9-liter biturbo V6 with 440ps generates a system output of 560ps and a maximum system torque of 750Nm. The performance figures are therefore very impressive: combined with the standard Sport Chrono Package, the sprint from 0 – 100 km/h is covered in 3.7 seconds. The top speed is 298 km/h. The gross battery capacity has been increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh compared with the previous hybrid models. The 4S E-Hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 54 kms.

 Sharper visual appearance for greater presence

The new Panamera can also be ordered as Sport Turismo or Executive with lengthened wheelbase and are now equipped with the previously optional Sport Design front end with striking air intake grilles, large side cooling openings and a single-bar front light module. 

The completely new front end of the Panamera Turbo S is differentiated by the larger side air intakes and new design elements in the exterior color, which are connected horizontally, emphasizing the width of the car. 

The light modules of the dual Turbo front lights are now set much further apart while the revamped light strip at the rear now runs seamlessly over the luggage compartment lid with an adapted contour. It thus provides a continuous and flowing connection between the new LED taillight clusters. 

GTS models sport the new darkened Exclusive Design taillights. Three new 20- and 21-inch wheels have been added to the wheel range, so that a total of 10 different designs are now available.

 Digital connectivity and assistance systems for safety and comfort

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 Panamera also offers 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 Porsche Panamera hits showrooms worldwide starting this October, with a possible Philippine debut later this year. In Germany, prices start at 91,345 euros for the rear-wheel-drive Panamera. All other models come with all-wheel drive: prices start from 95,289 euros for the Panamera 4, from 126,841 euros for the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, from 136,933 euros for the Panamera GTS and from 179,737 euros for the Panamera Turbo S (duties, freight, and other costs not included).

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Manny de los Reyes
Manny de los Reyes has been covering the automotive and technology industries for over 25 years. He is a multiple award-winning journalist who has been writing for the Philippine Star for 20 years and has been its motoring editor since 2012.

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