Porsche Panamera: the luxury sports sedan launches its third generation

The luxury sedan becomes even sportier in this new edition. In addition, the Turbo E-Hybrid version is capable of traveling 91 km in electric mode.

The wait is over. Porsche has officially presented the third generation of the Panamera, a luxury sedan that now offers an even sportier character with a series of more powerful driving systems.

Although it maintains a distinctive line, its radically renewed appearance presents a more expressive and sporty appearance.

At the front, an additional air intake above the plate compensates for the greater air demand in its propulsion systems, while the new version of the side windows reinforces the sedan appearance of this sports car at four-door, with the outer edges of the rear window aligned. with the contour of the body.

Porsche also equips the Panamera with Matrix LED headlights as standard. The high-resolution Matrix HD LED lighting system, with more than 32,000 pixels per headlight, is available as an option. It offers completely new lighting functions, such as dedicated lane lighting. The lighting range can be up to 600 meters.

With dimensions of 5,052 mm long, 1,937 mm wide and 1,423 mm high, the interior has been configured according to the Porsche Driver Experience concept, where the driver’s seat presents the ideal balance between control elements digital and analog, in addition to providing the essential elements for driving. within reach of the rider.

The gear lever sits directly to the right of the steering wheel and the driver also has easy access to the selector to choose their available driving modes (Normal, Sport and Sport Plus), as well as the assist control paddles. This means you don’t need to take your eyes off the road to adjust the driving programs and their assistance systems.

An optional integrated display allows the passenger to participate in the driving experience.

This 10.9-inch screen displays vehicle performance data on demand, enables operation of the infotainment system and supports video streaming – in some cases while the car is in motion. To avoid distraction, the passenger screen is not visible from the driver’s seat.

More dynamism for a luxury sedan

The new Porsche Panamera is equipped as standard with a double-chamber, two-valve air suspension, as well as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

Two-valve technology separates the rebound and compression phases of damping control, providing a greater range between comfort and sportiness, reducing cross-joint impacts and road breakdowns, while ensuring greater stability in dynamic driving situations. Additionally, driving can be improved with the four-wheel steering option.

The innovative Porsche Active Ride active suspension system is available for the E-Hybrid models of the new Panamera. It outperforms other suspension concepts and offers an unprecedented range of comfort and driving dynamics.

The basis for this is the newly developed active shock absorbers, also with two-valve technology, each connected to an electrically driven hydraulic pump. This generates a volume of flow in the shock absorber according to the needs, therefore it can produce forces between the body and the wheels in an ultra-fast, precise and specific way which counteract and compensate – almost completely – the impacts produced by road. . This feature is complemented by a weight-saving single-chamber air suspension system.

As for the chassis, it keeps the body of the Panamera parallel to the road at all times. With gentle driving it can almost completely absorb shocks, while in dynamic driving situations the Porsche Active Ride suspension system guarantees perfect connection with the road thanks to balanced load distribution between the wheels.

If the corresponding mode is activated, the suspension can overcompensate for pitch and roll tendencies to reduce the acceleration forces acting on the passengers.

In this situation, the new Panamera leans into corners like a motorcycle would, pulling the front down when accelerating and the rear when braking.

When parked, the Porsche Active Ride suspension system raises the body to a height that allows comfortable entry or exit.

The engines of the new Porsche Panamera

Porsche offers a total of four E-Hybrid drive systems for the new Panamera, although all offer superior performance, range and efficiency, including the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid, which is ready for market launch.

The engine is an upgraded 4.0 kW turbo V8 that works with a new 140 kW (190 hp) electric motor whose combined capacity generates 500 kW (680 hp) of power and achieves an impressive 930 Nm of torque.

Porsche adds the electric motor into the space of the eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission – also completely redesigned – saving around five kilograms by removing a separate place for the electric motor.

In terms of capabilities, the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 315 km/h. The capacity of its battery is 25.9 kWh, which allows an electric range of up to 91 kilometers in the WLTP combined cycle or 83 to 93 km in the urban cycle. Additionally, the new 11 kW integrated AC charger reduces charging time at suitable charging points to 2 hours and 39 minutes.

The base version of the Panamera will also be available. In this case, it has a 2.9 liter V6 turbo engine that now generates 353 hp and 500 Nm, an increase of 23 hp and 50 Nm compared to its predecessor, a power that allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1. seconds and increases its maximum speed to 272 km/h.

Source: Latercera

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