Porsche’s never ending chase for better sports models continues. Here are the details of the extensive range of vehicle updates for the 2021 season:
PANAMERA TURBO S
With a power output of 463 kW and a torque of 820 Newton metres, the new Panamera Turbo S has 59 kW / 80 PS more power and 50 Nm more torque than the previous Panamera Turbo (with combustion engine). In the Sport Plus mode it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds.
It has already proven its performance capability on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife: Test driver Lars Kern completed the 20.832 kilometre-long lap on what is arguably the most demanding race track in the world in exactly 7:29.81 minutes – the new official record in the ’Executive Cars’ class.
To transfer the enormous power to the road in a controlled manner and maximise cornering performance, the three-chamber air suspension, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the roll stabilisation system Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) have been customised to each specific model and optimised accordingly.
The V8 bi-turbo engine in the Panamera GTS was optimised with a specific focus on its power delivery. With 353 kW and 620 Nm of torque it delivers 15 kW more power than its predecessor.
In a clever move, the power output continuously increases up to the engine rev limit – therefore resembling a classic sports car with naturally aspirated engine.
The traditional V8 sound characteristics are even more prominent thanks to the new standard sports exhaust system featuring asymmetrically positioned rear silencers.
PANAMERA AND PANAMERA 4
The new Panamera and Panamera 4 now have the familiar 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in all markets worldwide. The engine has the same figures as before – 243 kW of power and and 450 Nm of torque.
The chassis and control systems have been geared towards a sporty and comfortable character for all new Panamera models. The revamped Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system results in a noticeable improvement in damping comfort, while the control of the electric roll stabilisation system Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) ensures improved body stability. There is also a new equipment generation for the steering control and tyres.
PANAMERA 4S E-HYBRID
Porsche is presenting another performance-oriented plug-in hybrid model with the new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid.
The combination of the 100 kW electric motor integrated into the eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and the 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine with 324 kW generates a system output of 412 kW and a system torque of up to 750 Nm.
Gross battery capacity is increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh compared with the previous hybrid models. Using optimised cells, and the driving modes have been optimised for even more efficient energy utilisation.
The performance figures are impressive: combined with the standard Sport Chrono Package, 0-100 km/h is covered in 3.7 seconds.
SPORT TURISMO AND EXECUTIVE
In addition to the sports sedan, the new Panamera models can also be ordered as Sport Turismo or Executive with lengthened wheelbase. Depending on the drive system, the previously optional Sport Design front end with striking air intake grilles, large side cooling openings and a single-bar front light module is now standard.
Porsche Cars Australia has added the following equipment as standard over and above the previous generation model:
• LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus on models up to and including the Panamera GTS (feature already an Australian standard on Turbo S models)
• Power Steering Plus on models up to and including the Panamera GTS (feature already a global standard on Turbo S models)
• Seat ventilation (front) on models up to and including the Panamera 4 (feature already an Australian standard on the rest of the model range)
• Lane Change Assist on models up to and including the Panamera GTS (feature already an Australian standard on Turbo S models)
• Head-up display on models up to and including the Panamera GTS (feature already a global standard on Turbo S models)
• Soft-close doors on models up to and including the Panamera 4 (feature already an Australian standard on the rest of the model range)
• Ioniser on the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid and above
• 18-way Adaptive sport seats with memory package on the Panamera Turbo S
The new Porsche Panamera is available to order now and will arrive in Australia from December 2020.