The all-new twin-turbo V6 engine in the Panamera 4S is lighter and more compact than its predecessor and comes equipped with VarioCam Plus. The two turbochargers are now positioned in between the cylinder banks. This reduces the distance that the exhaust stream has to travel to reach the respective turbo – delivering a more rapid response. The direct fuel injection in the new generation of engines is realised by a central injector inside the combustion chamber. This optimises both the mixture injection and combustion – for greater efficiency and increased power delivery.
With SPORT mode, you can swap from a comfort-oriented tuning to a sporty setup. The electronic engine management system demands a sharper response. Engine dynamics become more direct. In SPORT mode, PDK shifts up later and shifts down sooner. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) and rear-axle steering also switch to SPORT mode, delivering harder damping and more direct turn-in – and even greater agility through corners.
Available for the Panamera models for the first time: optional rear-axle steering. It enhances performance and everyday driveability in equal measure. During low-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This has the virtual effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is reduced, agility is increased and parking becomes noticeably easier to manage. During high-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as that of the front wheels. This virtual extension of the wheelbase increases driving stability.
The chassis of the new Panamera models performs this balancing act between sport and comfort effortlessly – and in the most masterful way possible: with further-developed, optional chassis technologies. Examples include the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology boasting a 60 % greater air capacity than that of the predecessor, new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) and rear-axle steering. What’s also new is the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system, which centrally analyses the driving situation in all three spatial dimensions, e.g. pitch, roll and yaw, computes optimum driving states from these data, and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time: the fourth dimension. The objective is to optimize overall performance, and to make the middle ground between sporty driving and comfort as expansive as possible.
The tinted glass panels of the new panoramic sunroof on the Panamera models create a particularly bright and pleasant lighting mood in the interior. The two-piece panoramic sunroof can be tilted and opened electrically at the front.
Available as an option for all Panamera models, fitted as standard to the Panamera Turbo: LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with dynamic range adjustment, dynamic cornering lights and speedsensitive headlight range control. For enhanced near-field, lateral and far-field illumination – and added safety.
Does a sporty sedan really have to look like a sedan? Or can it look rather more athletic? With a taut roof line, for example, that displays a sleek and harmonious contour more likely to be associated with a two-seater? 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 emphasize the precision of the new design.
The center console ascends towards the front. The dashboard is flat and conspicuously wide. The analog rev counter is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster. Also new is the control concept: Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The center console with Direct Touch Control has a glass-like surface with 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. Two high-resolution screens, one to the right and one to left of the tachometer, display virtual instruments, maps and a range of other information.
A cinematic experience enjoyed in the second row: new Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment has been specially developed to appeal to the discerning taste of a Porsche passenger and offers a fully integrated and networked infotainment system for on the move. Both units are removable, making them convenient to use outside the vehicle, too.
Analog meets digital: the new instrument cluster of the Panamera models is reminiscent of Porsche motorsport history – and, at the same time, it is as modern as only it can be. In the middle and in direct view of the driver is the analog tachometer, its needle integral to its truly classic design. To the left and right, two high-resolution displays provide you with a variety of information as and when you need it, such as the navigation map or Night Vision Assist.
Welcome to your personal climate zone. Four-zone automatic climate control features individual temperature setting controls for the driver and front passenger, and separate ones for each seat in the rear, too. The system also comes with a dedicated touchscreen display for the rear compartment. In addition to the air conditioning, this can be used to operate a range of other comfort and entertainment functions (depending on equipment specification).
Lane Change Assist uses radar sensors to monitor the areas to the rear of the vehicle and the blind spots on either side. As you move to change lane, the system issues a visual warning signal in the exterior mirrors if another vehicle is rapidly approaching your vehicle from behind or is residing in one of your blind spots. The function can be activated in PCM as required. During low-speed turns, new Turn Assist improves safety at the rear. When approaching an intersection, Turn Assist issues a visual warning if it detects objects approaching in the blind spots behind your vehicle.
Lane Keep Assist is a camera-based system for automatic detection of divider line markings on the road. The system eases the burden on the driver by providing steering assistance, helping to keep the vehicle in lane. Integrated traffic sign recognition uses a camera and navigation data to detect speed limits and ‘no passing’ zones. Information is displayed in the instrument cluster. The advantage over information stored in the navigation database is that even temporary speed restrictions can be detected.
ParkAssist is fitted in all Panamera models and audibly alerts the driver to the presence of obstacles detected to the front and rear of the vehicle. The audible alert is supplemented by a visual warning on the central display screen. The reversing camera facilitates precise reverse parking and maneuvering. Help is provided in the form of the camera image and the dynamic, superimposed guidelines on the PCM screen, which illustrate the predicted course of the vehicle given the current position of the steering wheel.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Number of cylinders||6|
|@ rpm||5,400 - 6,400 rpm|
|Compression ratio||11.2 : 1|
|City (estimate)||21 mpg|
|Highway (estimate)||28 mpg|
|Combined (estimate)||24 mpg|
|Top Track Speed||164 mph|
|0 - 60 mph||5.4 sec (5.2 sec w/ Sport Chrono)|
|Driveline layout||Rear-wheel drive|
|PDK||Standard / 8 speed|
|Luggage compartment volume||17.6 cu.-ft. (seats up) / 47.3 cu.-ft. (seats folded)|
|Fuel tank||23.7 gal.|
|Width (w/ mirrors folded)||85.2 in. (76.3 in.)|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.28|
|Curb Weight||4001 lbs|