One of the core competencies of Porsche engineers is boosting performance and efficiency. In developing the new Panamera, this led to an entirely new engine: a V6 engine with three litres displacement and biturbo charging. The V6 biturbo replaces the previous 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and is also used in the new Executive version of the Panamera 4S.
Its basic parameters are themselves indicators of progress: 20 hp more power and 20 Newton metres more torque, and up to 18 per cent better fuel economy. So, a more powerful and efficient engine; turbocharging results in a maximum torque of 520 Newton metres over a very wide range of engine speeds for a superior performance curve.
Compared to a V8 engines, the crankshaft has a shorter stroke; this makes the engine very rev-friendly and this free-revving biturbo engine also expresses its sporty-emotional side acoustically – yes, I mean it sounds absolutely amazing.
The Panamera 4S, and indeed the entire wide range of Panamera models, embodies the essence of Porsche, which is the smooth combination of performance and luxury so that we mere mortals may relax in a high performance sports car engineered to provide adrenaline-fuelled pleasure even on ordinary roads.
The successful gains in performance and fuel economy are also attributable to the further advanced and optimised control system for the sporty transmission, which enables new functions as well. For example, Porsche engineers supplemented the seven gears of the PDK with virtual intermediate gears which further improve fuel economy and comfort.
The running gear of the new Panamera models is revised to provide greater sportiness and luxurious comfort. And chassis mounts were increased in size and now offer even more comfort due to greater solidity.
All Porsches give you driving pleasure, intelligent and safe engineering, and Panamera is the most luxurious icing on the delicious Porsche cake!
ENGINE 3.0 litre, V6 with biturbo charging, direct petrol injection, VarioCam Plus
MAX POWER 420 hp (309 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
MAX TORQUE 520 Nm @ 1,750–5,000 rpm
MAX SPEED 286 kph
ACCELERATION 0–100 kph in 4.8 secs
TRANSMISSION Rear-wheel drive with super-efficient PDK gearbox (no interruption in the flow of power)
EXTERIOR Tighter, more prominent linework at the front end is especially apparent in the larger air intakes and the distinctive transition to the headlights. In side profile, the new, more swept-back windscreen creates a more extended silhouette. The side view of the new Panamera was also modified. For example, the side sills now have a clearly visible edge in the outer area. This edge is echoed in the mirror.
INTERIOR Ascending centre console and large touchscreen help the driver feel totally involved in the driving experience; also it is the pinnacle of luxury, with gorgeous colours, luxurious quality materials and exquisite finishing all combining to create an ambiance of sporty driving pleasure with great space for four adults and their baggage
SAFETY/SECURITY Every system – suspension, chassis, cabin and power delivery – is engineered to enhance performance and driver satisfaction, and at the same time to strengthen the active and passive safety capabilities of an awesome driving machine
The Porsche Centre (Al Boraq Auto) on Airport Street will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest Panamera 4S or any of its sports cars and sports SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4459 9666
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 64 Winter 2015/16 only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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