Porsche Panamera 970.1 (2009-2013)
Date of unveil of official photos: S/4S/Turbo November 24, 2008, V6/4 February 16, 2010, Hybrid February 16, 2011, Turbo S March 30, 2011, Diesel May 2, 2011, GTS November 16, 2011
Date and place of world premiere: S/4S/Turbo April 19, 2009 Auto Shanghai, V6/4 April 23, 2010 Beijing Motor Show, Hybrid March 1, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Turbo S April 19, 2011 Auto Shanghai, Diesel September 13, 2011 IAA Frankfurt, GTS November 16, 2011 LA Autoshow
Date of world-wide market launch: S/4S/Turbo 9/2009, V6/4 5/2010, Hybrid & Turbo S 6/2011, Diesel 9/2011, GTS 2/2012
|Modification||Gearbox||Engine||kW||Nm||0-60 mph||0-100 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lb||W/lbt||W/kg|
|Panamera Diesel||Tiptronic 8-speed||3.0V6 TDI||184||550||6.5 sec.||6.8 sec.||150||242||1880||4145||44.4||97.9|
|Panamera V6||manual 6-speed||3.6V6||220||400||6.5 sec.||6.8 sec.||162||261||1730||3814||57.5||127|
|PDK 7-speed||3.6V6||220||400||6.0/*5.8 sec.||6.3/*6.1 sec.||161||259||1760||3880||56.7||125|
|Panamera 4||PDK 7-speed||3.6V6||220||400||5.8/*5.6 sec.||6.1/*5.9 sec.||160||257||1820||4012||54.8||121|
|Panamera Hybrid||Tiptronic 8-speed||3.0V6 SC 245kW
+ el.motor 34kW
|279||580||5.7 sec.||6.0 sec.||168||270||1980||4365||63.9||141|
|Panamera S||manual 6-speed||4.8V8||294||500||5.4 sec.||5.6 sec.||177||285||1770||3902||75.3||166|
|PDK 7-speed||4.8V8||294||500||5.2/*5.0 sec.||5.4/*5.2 sec.||176||283||1800||3968||74.0||163|
|Panamera 4S||PDK 7-speed||4.8V8||294||500||4.8/*4.6 sec.||5.0/*4.8 sec.||175||282||1860||4101||71.7||158|
|Panamera GTS||PDK 7-speed||4.8V8||316||520||4.3/*4.1 sec.||4.5/*4.3 sec.||179||288||1920||4233||74.7||165|
|Panamera Turbo||PDK 7-speed||4.8V8 TT||368||700/*770||4.0/*3.8 sec.||4.2/*4.0 sec.||188||303||1970||4343||84.7||187|
|Panamera Turbo X80||PDK 7-speed||4.8V8 TT||397||800||*3.7 sec.||*3.9 sec.||190||305||1970||4343||91.4||202|
|Panamera Turbo S||PDK 7-speed||4.8V8 TT||404||800||*3.6 sec.||*3.8 sec.||190||306||1970||4343||93.0||205|
Dry sump lubricationThe Panamera V6 and V8 Porsche engines have dry-sump lubrication. Instead of the external oil tank, the oil reservoir is located inside the engine.
Sport Chrono PackageThe Sport Chrono Package with the stop watch on the dashboard was originally really useless. With PDK they have merged Launch Control in that package.
Launch ControlHow does it work? The function is operated via the Sport Plus button with the gear lever in "D" or "M". With the left foot pressing the brake pedal (yes, left foot on the brake - you are a racing driver now!), press the accelerator pedal fully to the metal with your right foot. The engine is revved to an optimum speed of around 5500 rpm and the clutch is already held in slight contact. The message "Launch Control active" appears on the instrument cluster display. Now release the brake quickly not to wear out your clutch.
Overboost functionWith the Panamera Turbo and SCP you get the overboost function, which means that under acceleration it is possible to increase turbo boost and with it, torque. The maximum turbo boost is normally 0.85 bar at 2500 rpm and with the SCP overboost function at full throttle it is further increased up to 10% between 2000-5000 rpm. Torque is temporarily increased from 700 to 770 Nm.
Automatic start/stop functionNew technologies include engine automatic start/stop function in conjunction with automatic gearbox. For example, if you stop at traffic lights with your foot on the brake pedal, the system will automatically stop the engine. The engine restarts as soon as you release the brake. Don't expect very smooth start from the traffic lights (at least not with the V6 engines). Ultimately the start/stop-system could be fatal for the starter motor, but saving the planet is more important! Porsche officially admits that "The battery and starter are consumable components and are subject to an increased rate of wear in the event of frequent engine stopping". So don't get nervous when one day your Panamera won't start - that is because you helped to save the planet.
Active Bonnet SystemActive safety is further improved with the Active Bonnet System. For example when the sensors in the front apron detect a collision with a pedestrian, this pyrotechnically assisted system raises the bonnet at the rear edge trying to reduce the injury.
Door hingesThe Panamera door hinges have the halt function - you open the door and anywide you leave it, the door is kept stuck until you move it with force again. Now you will not hit your door to other car's door in tight parking places. Neat! You only think, what it took the auto industry so long to develop such doors.
First ever Porsche V6When the Cayenne uses 3.6V6 Volkswagen engine, the Panamera 3.6V6 is not the same. They both have 220kW and 400Nm, but still they are different engines. The Panamera V6 engine is basically a Panamera S V8 without 2 cylinders. Cayenne V6 has 3598cc and Panamera V6 has 3605cc. This is the first V6 Porsche engine ever made.
HybridPorsche calls it a "Panamera S Hybrid" to justify the price tag. It should be called "Panamera Hybrid", though as Panamera S has a Porsche V8, but the Panamera Hybrid uses an Audi 3.0V6 supercharged engine. Despite uniting its 245kW with the 34kW electric motor, its performance is matching Panamera V6 and not V8 due to the heavy batteries. A Panamera that doesn't have Porsche heart cannot be called "S" anyway.
Panamera Hybrid is the first Panamera to have the Tiptronic gearbox, later Diesel got it, too. The Tiptronic box is the new type unit from Cayenne 958. Panamera Hybrid, despite having 8 gears, achieves its top speed in 6th gear. 7th and 8th gears are overdrive gears to reduce the fuel consumption. By the factory specs the Panamera Hybrid is the least-consuming Porsche ever made.
When Cayenne Hybrid is a 4WD car, Panamera Hybrid is available with rear-wheel-drive only (as is the Diesel).
GTS standard equipment4WD
S/4S engine +22 kW
+60 kg / 132 lbs compared to 4S and +150 kg / 331 lbs compared to S with standard equipment
Panamera Turbo brakes
Air suspension and PASM (adjustable shock absorbers), lowered 1 cm compared to S/4S
SportDesign front spoiler
Sports steering wheel with paddle shift
Sport Chrono Package
5mm rear wheel spacers
Panamera Turbo rear spoiler
Special GTS alcantara interior for extra money
BrakesPanamera Diesel/V6/4/Hybrid/S/4S: front 360mm / 14.2", rear 330mm / 13.0"
Panamera GTS/Turbo: front 390mm / 15.4", rear 350mm / 13.8"
PCCB (standard on Turbo S): front 410mm / 16.1", rear 350mm / 13.8"
Unfortunately, PCCB hasn't proved its resistance and they are very expensive to replace.
Fuel tankDiesel/V6/Hybrid/S: 80 L / 21.1 gal US gal / 17.6 gal GB
4S/Turbo: 100 L / 26.4 gal US gal / 22.0 gal GB
Made in GermanyPanamera bodyshells are made and painted at Volkswagen factory in Hannover and assembly is done at Porsche factory in Leipzig. That is real "Made in Germany", not like with the Cayenne. Porsche says the Cayenne is also "Made in Germany", but the reality is that Cayenne is 90% assembled at the Volkswagen Touareg factory in Slovakia and then taken to Leipzig for mounting the engine, gearbox and drivetrain. And the "Made in Germany" label, of course.
Panamera world premiere in Shanghai, April 2009
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