Car News 5 Jul 2016

The all-new Porsche Panamera revealed

Porsche’s second generation Panamera has been fully revealed at an event in Berlin. The four-door super saloon has new tech, new styling and a new lease of luxury life.

The powertrains in the new Panamera have been redesigned and tuned, making them more powerful than before. The new engines feature twin-scrolling, counter rotating turbo-chargers to create more power. All models are four-wheel drive, and are linked to a new eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. The chassis is based on Porsche’s new platform, and is now loaded with extra tech. It receives active and air suspension, torque vectoring, dynamic chassis control and electronic dampening.

There is an initial choice of three engines in the range. The first is the 4S with a revised 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, producing 434bhp and 406lb ft of torque. The 4S is capable of 0-62mph in 4.4secs and 180mph flat out. The next is a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, packing 542bhp and 563lb ft of torque. The Turbo sprints to 62mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph. The new 4S Diesel has a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, producing 416bhp and 626lb ft of toque. It features an oil burner and is the world’s fastest production diesel, capable of 0-62mph in 4.3seconds and 177mph flat out.

The Panamera has had significant restyling; it is sharper, sleeker and features the latest technology. The new model is longer , wider and has a lower roofline. It receives new side sills, wings, bumpers, bonnet and a larger retractable rear spoiler. A new 911-derived LED light strip finishes off the rear.

The interior has been greatly improved, and is based on the luxurious 918 Spyder’s ‘Porsche Advanced Cockpit’ layout.  There is a large 12.3-inch screen in the centre-console, featuring state-of-the-art infotainment, connectivity and Sat-Nav systems. The instrument panels and cabin have been digitised; the interior has touch-sensitive surfaces in place of buttons. There are also two 7.0-inch, high definition displays in the instrument binnacle.

The new Panamera is on sale in the UK now and first deliveries are expected in November. The 4S starts at £88,700, the 4S Diesel starts at £91,788 and the Turbo will set you back £113,075.


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