Porsche to update the Panamera
21st June, 2010
The eight-cylinder Panamera models are entering the next
model year as of August 2010, in Europe, with an even higher standard of all-round efficiency and new
options. Particularly the new brake energy recuperation system featured as standard, together with optional
19-inch all-season tyres offering reduced roll resistance, give the Panamera Turbo a further improvement of
fuel consumption by 0.9 litres/100 km. As a result, the 500-horsepower top model now consumes just 11.3
litres instead of 12.2 litres/100 km in the New European Driving Cycle and a reduction of CO2 emissions by
21 grammes per kilometre. The Panamera S and Panamera 4S now making do with just 10.3 litre/100 km and,
respectively, 10.6 litre/100 km, are likewise up to half a litre more efficient per 100 kilometres (equal
to minus 11 grammes CO2/km).
This increase in efficiency results primarily from brake energy recuperation, with the battery being
charged primarily during application of the brakes and, respectively, in overrun. When accelerating, on the
other hand, the field current in the alternator is reduced, minimising the load acting on the combustion
engine since it is now required to deliver even less energy for charging the battery, instead making this
energy available for even faster acceleration. In conjunction with further improvements, this battery
charging strategy on the Panamera Turbo saves no less than 0.7 litres on 100 kilometres, while newly
developed, optional all-season tyres measuring 19 inches in diameter likewise serve to reduce fuel
consumption by another 0.2 ltr/100 km on each model in the Panamera range. Together with the enhanced tread
of the tyres, a special rubber compound serves to reduce roll resistance while at the same time increasing
the mileage covered by the tyres. The Auto Start Stop function has also been optimised, now allowing the
driver to set off again even faster and more comfortably after coming to a halt.
Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) now available as an option together with Porsche Dynamic
Chassis Control (PDCC) and a fully controlled rear axle differential lock enhances the driving qualities of
the Panamera V8 models. PTV Plus optimises steering behaviour by intervening in the brakes on the inner rear
wheel in a bend and generating an additional rotational force acting in the same direction as the steering
wheel. The result is even more direct and dynamic steering when entering a bend – and at the same time PTV
Plus, in conjunction with the rear axle differential, improves traction on the rear wheels when accelerating
out of a bend on the road.
As a further highlight, Porsche is extending the range of paintwork colours, leather options and special
equipment for the Panamera. As an example, the Gran Turismo is now also available with auxiliary heating and
a three-spoke sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles on cars equipped with PDK
Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. Three-dimensional presentation of maps by the further improved, optional
navigation system may now also be combined with a satellite image for even more realistic presentation and
enhanced orientation. Even traffic lane information is provided in this way for complex road junctions in
Europe and the USA. And last but not least, the speed limit indicator so far covering only the Autobahn,
motorway and interstate now also comprises – depending on the database material – main roads and major
routes leading out of town.
The updated models are likely to begin arriving in Australia from early 2011.