Porsche presents comprehensively revamped sports sedan
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New hybrid model and best-in-class performance for the 2021 Panamera
A unique symbiosis of contrasts: the new Porsche Panamera now covers an even wider spectrum. It combines the performance of a sports car with the comfort of an exclusive saloon. With the 620 hp Panamera Turbo S, the sports car manufacturer successfully supports its claim to best-in-class performance. The new top-of-the-range model betters the performance figures of the previous Panamera Turbo by a wide margin. Porsche also continues to pursue its E-Performance strategy. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is a new addition to the range of plug-in hybrids, offering a completely new drive system with 552 hp system output. Compared with the previous hybrid models, the all-electric range has been boosted by up to 30 per cent. Comfort and sportiness both benefit from enhanced chassis components and control systems in combination with the new-generation steering control and tires.
Turbo S: from zero to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds
With a power output of 620 HP and a torque of 605 lb.-ft., the new Panamera Turbo S offers 70 hp more power and 37 more lb.-ft. of torque than the previous flagship Turbo with combustion engine. This has a very positive effect on driving performance: in Sport Plus mode, the Turbo S model accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds. Developed in Weissach and built in Zuffenhausen, the familiar four-litre V8 twin turbo engine has been comprehensively overhauled to enable the car to achieve a top speed of 315 km/h. In order to transfer the enormous power to the road in a controlled manner and maximize cornering performance, 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 specific model and optimized accordingly.
The new Panamera Turbo S has already proven its uncompromising performance capability on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife: test driver Lars Kern completed the 20.832 kilometre-long lap on the most demanding racetrack in the world in exactly 7:29.81 minutes – the new official record in the “executive cars” class.
Increased sportiness and comfort thanks to optimized chassis systems
The twin-turbo V8 engine in the Panamera GTS was optimized with a specific focus on its power delivery. With 473 hp and 457 lb.-ft., the new Panamera GTS delivers 20 hp more power than its predecessor. The power output continuously increases up to close to the engine speed limit. The power delivery is therefore like that of a classic sports car with naturally aspirated engine. The traditional V8 sound characteristics are even more prominent than before thanks to the new standard sports exhaust system featuring asymmetrically positioned rear silencers.
The new Panamera and Panamera 4 retain the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine and delivers 325 hp and 330 lb.-ft. Their 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. There is also a new equipment generation for the steering control and tires.
4S E-Hybrid with 17.9 kWh battery
Porsche is presenting a further performance-oriented plug-in hybrid model with the new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. The intelligent combination of the 134 hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and the 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with 443 hp generates a system output of 552 hp and a maximum system torque of 553 lb.-ft. 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 using optimized cells and the driving modes have been enhanced for even more efficient energy utilization.
Sharper visual appearance for greater presence
The new Panamera models – in addition to the sports sedan, they can also be ordered as Sport Turismo or Executive with lengthened wheelbase, depending on the drive system – are now equipped from the factory 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 newly designed elements in the exterior colour, which are connected horizontally and thus emphasize the width of the vehicle. The light modules of the dual Turbo front lights are now set much further apart.
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 two newly designed LED tail light clusters. GTS models sport the new darkened Exclusive Design tail light clusters as standard with dynamic coming/leaving home function. 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 the option of an extensive range of innovative light and assistance systems, such as 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 2021 Porsche Panamera is available to order now and will be in Canada in Q1 2021. Prices start at $99,300 for the rear-wheel-drive Panamera. All other models are equipped with all-wheel drive: prices start from $104,600 for the Panamera 4, from $128,500 for the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, from $147,400 for the Panamera GTS and from $202,400 for the Panamera Turbo S.
Date Posted: September 24, 2020