The second generation Porsche Panamera has been introduced in India. The new gen is a step forward for the four door Porsche sedan as its grand touring potential has been rethought with new engine and gearbox options, altered underpinnings and a new dash layout that seems to have been reinterpreted for the future. Here is a list of top five features of the new gen Panamera.
The outgoing Panamera was an eyesore from certain angles and the new generation car addresses this issue. The second generation employs the Volkswagen Group’s newly developed MSB (modular standard drivetrain) platform which is highly flexible and cost effective. The key element of this MSB architecture is its three platform modules: front body, middle floor, and rear body, each of which can be manufactured by different dimensions and materials. The new Panamera is bigger and better than the older model in every way. It is 34mm longer, 6mm wider and 5mm taller and yet, it appears much lower and longer than the old car owing to the roof that’s being lowered at the rear, slightly increased wheelbase, giving the car a leaner stance.
The design of the new Panamera is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. It is unmistakably a Panamera, but look further and the changes start to become obvious. The headlights now carry the new signature four-point LED design which is now found in the all new Porsches. While at the rear, the bulbous and appalling tail light units are replaced by a sleek LED strip similar to the new 911. The quad-exhaust, 20-inche alloy wheels (21-inche optional), large air vents and a flared rear hunch adds character to the car. However, one drool worthy part of the new Panamera is the manner in which the rear spoiler opens and closes.
Now for the more interesting bit – the engine line-up. Under the hood of the Turbo is a new 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 petrol pushing out 542bhp and 770Nm. The base-level engine is a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol unit with 440bhp and 550Nm. As for the diesel Panamera, there’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 unit producing 422bhp and 850Nm. The engines are mated to Porsche’s new PDK eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. These engines have a unique characteristic, which is known as ‘with the hot sides inward’. It means that the turbochargers are integrated centrally into the V of the cylinder banks. The short paths between the two turbochargers and the combustion chambers produce spontaneous throttle response.
The new Panamera gets a lot of innovative systems such as an adaptive air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM electronic damper control), the enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll stabilisation, as well as a new electromechanical steering system. The handling highlight though is the rear axle steering - which is also new and has been adapted from the 918 Spyder and the 911 Turbo.
Updated feature list
Being a Porsche, the new Panamera is equipped with several standard and optional features. The dashboard is dominated by a massive 12.3-inch screen of the next generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, touch sensitive panels while the digital instrument cluster looks a lot like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. Porsche says that the tachometer positioned centrally in the instrument cluster, is a tribute to the gorgeous 1955 356 A. There’s even a night vision assistant, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect objects and displays a colour highlighted warning indicator in the instrument console. Other features include online navigation, smartphone connectivity, four-zone automatic climate control system, panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester.