Porsche Panamera: Technological innovations included
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23rd March, 2009
Porsche will unveil new technological innovations for the
brand when the Panamera is revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, in China, on 20th April, 2009.
These include automatic start/stop (in conjunction with PDK transmission), air suspension with
additional air volume on demand, as well as active aerodynamics with a multi-stage, adjustable rear spoiler
moving up when required on the Panamera Turbo.
The Panamera is a four seater Gran Turismo featuring the a high standard of dynamic performance and
elegance all in one.
Porsche's Panamera offers performance, driving dynamics and efficiency. Indeed, these have been
Porsche’s core competences, since efficient, high performance engines, light weight engineering and
optimised aerodynamics are crucial in today's motor sport.
The Panamera combines this DNA of Porsche and the emotional 'character' of a sports car with the space
and comfort of a performance sedan, providing a unique Gran Turismo in the process.
The powertrain: performance and efficiency
The blend of comfort, performance and efficiency offered by the Porsche Panamera begins with the power
The Panamera comes exclusively with high-tech V8 engines featuring advanced and fuel-efficient Direct
Fuel Injection. The consistent optimisation of friction on these engines is further enhanced by innovations
such as map-controlled coolant/temperature management, as well as ancillary units with enhanced
Introducing the PDK transmission as standard on all three Australian models, Porsche is offering a
double-clutch gearbox. The result is improved fuel economy and an even higher level of sporting
Far superior to a conventional automatic transmission in its capabilities, the PDK transmission is able
to save even more fuel through its long, overdrive gears. At the same time it offers outstanding performance
with driving dynamics typical of Porsche through its optimum gear increments and unparalleled, ultra-fast
gearshift without the slightest interruption to engine power.
In conjunction with other specific improvements enhancing the efficiency of the Panamera – which include
tyres with minimum roll resistance and disc brakes with residual brake forces likewise reduced to a minimum
– the Panamera S with its PDK gearbox makes do with 10.8 litres/100 kilometres in the New European Driving
Cycle, and it does so despite the car’s performance with 294 kW and 0–100 km/h acceleration time of 5.4
Chassis and suspension: driving dynamics and comfort all in one
The chassis and suspension of the Panamera is not a compromise between performance and comfort, but
rather a combination of the two. In its basic setting it offers a very high standard of driving comfort. But
then, at the touch of a button on the active PASM damper system, it turns into a sports suspension.
As another highlight, the adaptive air suspension with extra volume added whenever required – an absolute
innovation in automotive technology – featured as standard on the Turbo and otherwise as an option on the S
and 4S, offers an even greater variation of sporting and comfort features.
Driving dynamics and comfort are further enhanced with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and
limited-slip rear differential, which will be standard on the Panamera Turbo and available as an option on
the S and 4S.
Through the Sport Plus button, the optional Sports Chrono Packages enables the driver to choose the
uncompromising high-performance set-up of all drivetrain and suspension systems including Porsche Traction
Management (PTM) with its fully controlled all-wheel drive. PTM is standard in both the Panamera 4S and the
Body: light and functional
The body is the synthesis of light weight technology typical of a sports car, superior comfort,
spaciousness, and aerodynamics. The most advanced production methods and materials are used on the body of
the Panamera, geared in all cases to specific requirements and functions.
These include all types of steel grades, light alloys such as aluminium and magnesium, as well as
plastics. The light weight doors feature a load-bearing structure made of laser-treated pressure-cast
aluminium, an aluminium outer skin and door window frames made of thin-walled pressure-cast magnesium.
Thanks to this intelligent light weight structure, the Panamera S, for example, weighs just 1,770 kg.
The rear seats set new standards in the luxury performance class in terms of both comfort and variability.
Perfectly contoured as single seats, they offer maximum comfort also at the rear through their wide range of
electrical adjustment and seat climate functions.
The Panamera has a highly functional luggage compartment. The seat backrests tilt forward individually
with additional through-loading increasing luggage capacity up to 1,263 litres while keeping the luggage
floor level from front to rear.
The Panamera is the first car in its segment with a completely flat under-floor to help reduce both air
resistance and lift forces on the axles, which in practice means lower fuel consumption and greater
Porsche's new Panamera will be released|
in Australia during October 2009.
The visible highlight of the overall aerodynamic package is the active four-way rear spoiler on the
Panamera Turbo. Through its efficient management of control angles and surface geometry geared to driving
conditions, the rear spoiler optimises the car’s aerodynamics and performance all in one.
Acoustics: sporting sound and superior touring comfort
The sound of the new Panamera is the way it needs to be – quiet and refined at cruising speed with the
ability to unleash emotion and intensity when the driver chooses to drive spiritedly. In essence, Porsche
engineers have brought together seemingly contradictory acoustic requirements.
Aeroacoustics, for example, were analysed on a clay model right from the start of the development
process and then optimised in conjunction with technical improvements. The result is a truly low level of
noise inside the car befitting a luxury Gran Turismo. But at the same time the typical Porsche sound full
of power and dynamism comes out clearly when accelerating, the wide range of sound offered by the Panamera
therefore extending from discreet modesty while cruising all the way to powerful emotion whenever the
driver wishes to press on.
Porsche has designed a car that deserves to be regarded as both a luxury car with limousine-like
silkiness and a sports car worthy of the Porsche name.
The Panamera S, 4S and Turbo models go on sale in Australia in October, priced from $270,200