New Porsche Panamera: getting to know the last of Porsche in 19+1 keys

The brutal forces that unleashed this racing car 5 metres and 2 tons and plenty of solutions to put on the table have left me glued to the seat. To get to know all the details of the new Porsche Panamera, the sedan series fastest in the world, we have traveled the circuit of Lausitzring in eastern Germany, where the engineers of the brand itself we have shown every corner of your technology through a series of technical workshops, in addition to a few intense laps of the circuit as co-driver.


1 – The sedan faster on the Nürburgring

As we told you at the time, the new Porsche Panamera Turbo broke recently the all-time record of the Nürburgring for saloon car series leaving it in 7:38″, a number of creepy and only to the extent of authentic supercars so far. Within video:

This demonstration of power makes the new Panamera ahead of the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde, which held the absolute record of the sedans of the series until now.

2 – New cockpit digital

The only element that remains analog is the cuentavueltas central

The traditional box instruments Porsche has made digital almost in its entirety. The only element that remains analog is the cuentavueltas central, flanked now along a path on screens of 7″ to the left and right. These screens can emulate the rest of the traditional picture of the mark so perfectly that they could make us doubt, but also can play a multitude of additional information, configurable from two separate controls on the steering wheel.


3 – New interior design

To view the article in the direct I have the impression that you have hit the nail

we have Already seen the new interior design of Porsche in pictures, but seeing it live I have the impression that you have given the nail on the head, and is not something that happens to me usually. The central display of 12.3″ account with a level of definition spectacular and also with the sensor of approximation, by expanding the menus when our hand approaches the screen. We also have a screen “desktop”, fully customizable with our access favorites, specific apps on parking, flights, trains or news and connectivity that allows us to plan trips from the phone and send them to the car.

The central console where they can survive for some controls essential physical, such as climate control, is now a perfect flat surface with capacitive sensors that will move on to a better life the traditional keypad of Porsche, with excellent arguments.

in spite of all this, the essence of the brand is identified everywhere and in appearance it is not a jump as radical as the technological change suggests.

Versions 4S 4S Diesel Turbo
Displacement 2.894 cc 3.956 cc 3.996 cc
Power 440 HP 422 CV 550 CV
maximum Torque 550 Nm 850 Nm 770 Nm
average Consumption 8.2 l/100km 6,8 l/100km 9.4 l/100km
Speed max. 289 km/h 285 km/h 306 km/h
0-100 km/h (Sport PLus) 4,2 s 4.3 s 3,6
0-200 km/h (Sport PLus) 15,9 s 16,8 s 12,7 s
empty Weight 1.870 kg 2.050 kg 1.995 kg


4 – New engine 2.9 V6 with 440 HP (Porsche Panamera 4S)

One of the chief mechanics within the group is the premiere of this new block of 2.9-liter displacement, a V6 petrol with twin-turbo (a turbo separate for each bank of three cylinders). The position of the turbos, in parallel and in the middle of the “V” provides a packaging motor that is extremely compact and shortens the path of the exhaust gases to the turbines, which causes your time a response more instant.


5 – Engine turbo 4.0 V8 (Porsche 4S Diesel)

The maximum speed of 285 km/h makes in the midsize diesel the world’s fastest

The engine turbodiesel that incorporates the Panamera D is the already known block V8 of the last Audi SQ7 but with sufficient variation as to be considered a different engine. Like its counterpart from Audi, incorporates a twin-turbo sequential, in series, with the possibility of disconnecting one of the two low regime, but dispenses with the electric compressor, which was the main novelty in the Audi.

Porsche engineers, asked about the absence of compressor power, simply state that in order to achieve the level of performance required in this car it was not necessary to incorporate it taking into account the orientation of the sport model and the exquisiteness of your gearbox. We can understand the decision if we think that the electric compressor contributes all of its value added to regimens very low.

The maximum speed of 285 km/h what becomes in the vehicle diesel the world’s fastest.


6 – New engine 4.0 V8 550 HP (Panamera Turbo)

The acceleration that generates can only be described as violent

The jewel in the crown is without doubt the Panamera Turbo. With 550 horsepower and a maximum torque of 700 Nm, this colossus ultra sports car is capable of achieving the 306 km/h and a catapult from 0 to 100 km/h in 3,6 seconds (with launch control is optional, which we also had occasion to try it out). The acceleration that generates can only be described as violent and the speed exceeds 250 km/h it is devastating (we also check).

See here Launch Control in action, from outside:

And now let’s look at the Launch Control from within followed by a return of the circuit with one of the pilots of Porsche (sorry for the video quality, but the forces were brutal and it was impossible to keep the camera still):

I Insist on apologies for the unfortunate video quality, but we’re talking about an acceleration of 0-100 in 3,6 seconds and braked significantly more powerful even than that, in addition to the forces that must be resisted in the curve as you grab the camera with both hands and struggles to nail the feet on the carpet to try not to move too much.


7 – cylinder Deactivation

It is able to roll as a “V4” in the times of less demand

An interesting property of this V8 is that it has deactivation of cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 between 950 and 3500 rpm and up to a requirement of 250 Nm of torque, so that it is able to roll as a “V4” in times of low demand and always in the interest of energy efficiency. This system is practically the same as that mounted Audi with the designation …. This property combined with the gearbox 8 relations the last two marches are loft (the maximum speed is reached in 6th) lead some cruises are very cost-effective given the nature of the vehicle.


8 – 4 wheel Steering

This system has a lot to do with the record of the Nürburgring

The 4 wheel steering seems to rise again hand in hand with the latest advances in software that allow you to make smart decisions in real-time and not be limited to systems purely mechanical. In the case of the Panamera, this element is particularly interesting because it is a car of more than 5 m. long. At speeds below 50 km/h the wheels act in the opposite direction to the front up to 2.8 º by reducing the turning radius, but also bring a plus of behavior and stability at high speed (from 50 km/h) turning in the same direction as the front up to 1.5 ° .

According to the makers of Porsche, this system has a lot to do with the record of the Nürburgring.


9 – all-wheel drive permanent, dynamic control of the stabilizer

An item almost mandatory with these figures of power, and this acceleration ability is permanent four-wheel drive. In this case with the so-called Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), an electronic system of distribution of power from the rear differential.

in may, the new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) manages the inertia on the side of the Panamera through stabilizer electromechanical, a system much faster than other similar systems of a hydraulic actuator.


10 – New air suspension

Provides a greater differentiation between its more comfortable and programs Sport

The air suspension has been completely redesigned in order to provide a greater differentiation between its more comfortable and programmes in Sport. To this end, we have created three separate chambers in each piston that can be isolated using valves in function of the demands. Thanks to these modifications, the car can be driven comfortably or as a rabid sports glued to the asphalt.


11 – total Control intelligent 4D

The centralized management allows you to coordinate the systems, in place of which a few react to the other

The real-time readout of all the sensors in the car are managed through a central brain, that manages at every moment the response of the air suspension, all-wheel drive, brakes, stabilizer bars, active steering, accelerator mapping, change management… all of this while taking into account the chosen program (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual) to result in the behavior most optimal for each situation.

The meaning of “4D” is the coordinated control of all the elements of the gear train based on the situation analysis in the three spatial dimensions (accelerations in longitudinal, transverse and vertical) by an electronic brain to the centralized managed coordination of all systems as a fourth dimension.


12 – Ready for circuit

We can use a Panamera series to do a few laps in the circuit

The Panamera incorporates cooling and lubricating systems of a racing car, and is able to withstand and hold the enormous forces that are generated in conduction a background in circuit. Those owners who wish to do so, in theory, would not have to do anything special to get to do a few laps on the weekend without fear of running out of lubrication on the crankshaft or the gearbox half back. Porsche has planned.

For sample a button, so here I leave you a video of the brake line at Lausitzring that I was able to record with my camera, where 4 Panamera Turbo passed around 250 km/h approximately 100 km/h in just few seconds thanks to the brakes carbocerámicos. The feeling from within was incredible.

Prepared for circuit or not, the performance of the car are brutal.


13 – New PDK 8 relations in the whole range

Porsche has developed in collaboration with ZF a new gearbox PDK 8-speed, which has primacy to achieve greater lightness and compactness, as well as optimum performance in all circumstances. As we have been able to observe in circuit, the box is instantaneous, and at the same time quite smooth in its operation.


14 – active Aerodynamic

The new Panamera features active aerodynamic, which includes the opening and closing of the air inlet front in function of the speed, lowered the air suspension, smart in function of the speed. It also has a spectacular rear wing that deploys automatically, or at will, by changing significantly the aesthetic rear of the Porsche.

15 – Spoiler that deploys

The goal is not aerodynamic is clear: to impress friends and acquaintances and prove who has it bigger

Not only downforce you live the rear spoiler of the new Panamera. Believe me when I say that the animation is spectacular and the final size is typical of a Transformer. When you exit your hideout, extends to a width substantially until it became a big surface of variable angle to regulate the aerodynamic load. The goal is not aerodynamic is clear: to impress friends and acquaintances and prove who has it bigger.

it Is possible to keep the wing deployed at any speed by using a specific control from the central screen, so that we will be able to leave it parked in all its glory.


16 – Lights dot matrix LED

lights dot matrix LED feature with 84 points, lighting and a management that is so smart that can dim the light not only to not dazzle oncoming vehicles, but also to keep us dazzled by the signs reflective that we find our pace, without losing one iota of illumination of the road.


17 – cruise Control predictive InnoDrive

Porsche has focused its efforts on efficiency

The Panamera has a adaptive cruise control and predictive, named InnoDrive, but not with an auto-pilot as such. In this sense, Porsche has focused its efforts on efficiency, creating an algorithm that predicts the next 3 km of driving in function of the three-dimensional information of the browser and optimises the speed not only according to the vehicles that surround us but with the curves, slopes and speed limits that are coming up.

The box of tools we warn you of the posted speed, and forecast for the next few metres, and will be smooth speed changes in order to anticipate the variations of pace that will be needed later although the driver still can’t see, such as speed limits, traffic lights, or sections of curves.

18 – ir night Vision

The system is switched off in urban areas for not throwing fake alerts

The new Panamera has a thermal imaging camera to identify living beings (people and large animals) and is able to tell us if you believe that might go in the predicted path of the vehicle by a visual and audible alert. Relying on the management point-by-point of the LED headlights also illuminate more intensely the danger zone so the driver can anticipate still more to any reaction that is required if that person or animal invades our career.

The system is switched off in urban areas for not throwing fake alerts by pedestrians passing by on the sidewalk with pets and other false positives would be a problem between streets.


19 – mixed Construction of steel, aluminum and alloys

High-strength steels are combined with aluminum wherever it is possible by the demands and structural safety

it Seems that the objective was to build a car of 5m. long with a weight of under 2,000 kg, because the Panamera Turbo is (in a vacuum) in the 1.995 kg To achieve this feat without sacrificing the kilos that carries equipment, insulation, upholstery and electric motors for everything, Porsche engineers have had to be used to fund the materials used in its structure. High-strength steels are combined with aluminum wherever it is possible by the demands and structural safety, and include specific parts of extreme rigidity in steel alloyed with boron to manufacture the most rigid part of the structure of distribution of the energy of a possible impact.


19 + 1 – The Panamera is a monster of 2 tons, with all that this implies

Few cars, if any, will reach these heights of perfection on all fronts at the same time

The Panamera seen in direct it has seemed to us an awesome car for the technology that incorporates and for the final result. But we should not forget that in this level of luxury and comfort (we speak of a limousine, for more than a disguise of 911) the car is going 5 m long, which makes it possible to very low status of all occupants and a luggage compartment of 495 liters, and 2 tons of total mass.

The feeling of acceleration and braking is absolutely colossal, actually costs describe how this car will hit the seat in acceleration then force you to tighten the feet against the ground so as not to be hanging from the belt in the even more brutal braking, but in curve those 2,000 kg trying to segur in a straight line cannot cease to exist despite the brilliance with which it has been able to control such a mass.

In the absence of a test of driving and from the passenger seat, I have no choice but to keep at least the doubt how to get behind the wheel of a car so large and to what extent it is a “real” sport, or rather a marvel of technology that tries to achieve opposite objectives of luxury and performance that appear to be incompatible by definition.

The concept of limousine circuit it is difficult to assimilate, but few cars, if any, will reach these heights of perfection on all fronts at the same time.