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The 2017 Porsche Panamera is inspired by courage

POSTED BY admin ON 17 April 2017

Over the years, Porsche has been labelled mad. They produced a turbocharged supersports car in the middle of an oil crisis and broke their tradition by producing a full-size SUV that surprisingly became its best-selling model.

Then in 2009, the Stuttgart-based company has – once again, being mad – introduced the Panamera. It may have had a questionable exterior styling, but the Panamera was one of the most capable four-door sports sedans in the industry. Porsche claims that courage is what drove them to be mad, and successful.

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Recently, Porsche introduced the all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera in Malaysia, officially distributed by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP). The second-generation Panamera brings forth a new tagline ‘courage changes everything’, and is set to be the sportiest car in its segment.

Globally, the car that bears the 971-chassis number has a variety of new engines; a V6 and petrol- or diesel-powered V8. At the launch, two variants were displayed, the base Panamera and Panamera 4S.

Appearance

With the aspiration to be the sportiest car of its kind, Porsche ensures that the new Panamerais among the lowest cars on the market. Despite the slight increase in height compared to the previous model, the new Panamera appears to sit lower. It also looks substantially wider even though it only grew by a few millimetres. This look is mainly achieved by the help of the front grille design that has a beautifully-designed crossbar flanked by A-shaped air intakes.

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The headlights on the new car are now LED matrix units. What they do is optimally illuminate the road ahead, according to driving and traffic situation. The new body panels – such as the bonnet, boot, roof and wings – are made entirely out of aluminium and accentuate the silhouette of a sports car more than ever. The redesigned side windows create an affinity to the 911.

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The 911 design language on the new Panamera is more apparent at the rear, as evident by the new three-dimensional LED tail lights that are connected by a slim LED strip. There’s also a new retractable rear wing, which has a much larger opening area as compared to the predecessor.

The new Panamera and Panamera 4S are equipped with the optional 21-inch alloy wheels, fitted with Pirelli P Zero tyres measuring 275/35at the front and 315/30 at the rear.

Cabin

The interior of the new Panamera has been completely redesigned, but still displays typical Porsche styling. The sports steering wheel is now equipped with a Sport Response Button, which allows the driver to configure the car’s engine mapping, throttle response, gearshift patterns and chassis tuning in the form of Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual settings. At the centre of the rotating knob, there is a button to unleash the car’s full performance for a limited time.

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On the instrument cluster, there are five neatly arranged meters, again, designed in typical Porsche style with two 7-inch displays. The centre of the arrangement is the analogue tachometer, highlighting the high-performance characteristics of the car.

Dominating the centre console of the new Panamera is what the company calls Porsche Advanced Cockpit. It is essentially a new, wide 12.3-inch touch-sensitive panel that controls the car’s interior, driving and infotainment functions. According to Porsche, the ability to fit such a wide centre console is done by moving the air-con vents to the lower part of the touch-screen panel as opposed to the sides, as was on the previous Panamera.

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The infotainment unit runs on the next-generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, a high-end, high-resolution display that transitions harmoniously into the black panel concept with touch-sensitive switches.

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The touch-oriented controls are brought to the rear as well. Rear-seat passengers of the new Panamera can now command the central air-con vents, four-zone automatic climate control and infotainment functions via the new touch-sensitive switches located between the two rear seats. Despite the numerous performance and functionality upgrades, practicality is retained with 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, increasing the luggage capacity from 495 to 1,304 litres.

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Powertrain

The heart of the new Panamera are new, more-efficient engines. A 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 powers the base Panamera and a punchier 2.9-litre V6 for the Panamera 4S. The 4S might have a smaller engine displacement, but thanks to twin-turbochargers, it develops 440hp at 5,650rpm and 550Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 5,500rpm, compared to 330hp at 5,400rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1,340rpm to 4,900rpm on the base car.

Panamera’s new engines share the same conceptual design, known as ‘hot sides inwards’. This translates to the turbochargers, which are now integrated centrally to the V of the cylinder banks. This layout enables the engines to have a more compact design, lower mounting position and shortens the distance between the two turbochargers, thus improving engine response.

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Each engine is paired to Porsche’s equally new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK). While the Panamera transfers its power to the rear wheels, the Panamera 4S powers all four wheels. The zero to 100 km/h sprint for the Panamera and Panamera 4S is 5.5 seconds and 4.3 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker with Sport Chrono package) respectively.

Chassis

New to the chassis department is the suspension, which now employs three-chamber technology. This is accompanied by Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM electronic damper control), enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), active roll stabilisation as well as a new electromechanical steering system.

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Similar to the 911, Cayman and Boxster, the new Panamera receives rear-wheel steering, which aids in the car’s agility and high speed stability.

Warranty packages

Pricesstart at RM890,000 for the new Panamera and RM1,100,000 for the Panamera 4S. Each comes with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complementary service, parts and labour. The stated price includes all applicable duties, except registration fee, road tax and insurance.

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