The New 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S Coming Soon
“That’s the way we’ve always done it.” Not really a sentence to inspire change. Except at Porsche. That’s because we’ve always made each new generation of engines higher-performing, more dynamic and more efficient than the last. The new engine generation of the Panamera models now takes the next significant step forwards.
The all-new twin-turbo V6 engine in the Panamera 4S and twin-turbo V8 engine in the Panamera Turbo are lighter and more compact than their predecessors and come equipped with VarioCam Plus. Their two turbochargers are now positioned in between the cylinder banks. This reduces the distance that the exhaust stream has to travel to reach the respective turbo – delivering a more rapid response.
The twin-turbo V8 engine of the Panamera Turbo is equipped with twinscroll turbines. The exhaust streams arrive at the turbine wheel through physically separate channels – for optimized gas cycles. The result: high torque even in the low rpm range.
The adaptive cylinder control of the twinturbo V8 engine activates cylinders on demand. An example: you’re driving in town and have little need for power, your car will now operate on only four cylinders instead of eight. Once you demand greater power output again, all cylinders will immediately be reactivated.
The direct fuel injection in the new generation of engines is realised by a central injector inside the combustion chamber. This optimises both the mixture injection and combustion – for greater efficiency and increased power delivery.
On the subject of high efficiency: all engines are purposefully equipped with electrical system recuperation, thermal management, auto start/stop with coasting function and active air intake flaps. And driving pleasure?
Greater than ever.
New 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
Getting more power from an engine is worthwhile only when you know where it needs to go. And how quickly and effectively. The latest Panamera models are therefore equipped with a newly developed 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which translates the tremendous drive force of the respective engine into the acceleration expected of a sports car.
Gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio and top speed is reached in 6th gear. 7th and 8th gear have a long ratio, which helps to keep engine revs low even at high road speeds – for efficient and comfortable driving over long distances. The precise gearshifts take place in milliseconds with no discernible interruption in the flow of power – as you would expect of a sports car.
Porsche Traction Management (PTM)
All Panamera models are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). This active all-wheel drive with electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch ensures the optimum distribution of drive force whatever the driving situation – for excellent acceleration power on long straights, through tight corners and on road surfaces with varying grip.
The multi-plate clutch regulates the distribution of drive force between the rear axle and the front axle. Driving conditions are constantly monitored, enabling the system to respond to a variety of situations. Sensors check, among other variables, the rotation speeds of all four wheels, the longitudinal and lateral acceleration of the vehicle, and the steering angle. If the rear wheels threaten to spin under acceleration, a greater proportion of drive force is distributed to the front by a more powerful engagement of the multi-plate clutch.
Whether you’re behind the wheel or occupying a passenger seat in the front or rear: in a Porsche, every drive should feel like sport, not transport.
The chassis of the new Panamera models performs this balancing act between sport and comfort effortlessly – and in the most masterful way possible: with further-developed, optional chassis technologies. Examples include the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology boasting a 60 % greater air capacity than that of the predecessor, new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) and rear-axle steering.
What’s also new is the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system, which centrally analyses the driving situation in all three spatial dimensions, e.g. pitch, roll and yaw, computes optimum driving states from these data, and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time: the fourth dimension. The objective is to optimize overall performance, and to make the middle ground between sporty driving and comfort as expansive as possible.
Available for the Panamera models for the first time: optional rear-axle steering. It enhances performance and everyday driveability in equal measure.
During low-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This has the virtual effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is reduced, agility is increased and parking becomes noticeably easier to manage.
During high-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as that of the front wheels. This virtual extension of the wheelbase increases driving stability.
Rear-axle steering makes it clear that there is no contradiction between stability and agility or performance and everyday driveability. The result: greater maneuverability and driving safety in everyday use – and a significant increase in maximum driving performance.
We rise to the challenge we’re given. The same applies to the wheel dimensions of the new Panamera. The tires are wider, the contact surface larger – for enhanced performance under acceleration and braking.
As of now, optional sizes of up to 21 inches are available from a range of wheel designs, assuring you of a grand appearance. The Panamera 4S and the Panamera 4S Diesel are equipped as standard with 19-inch wheels, the Panamera Turbo 20-inch wheels. The material? Alloy, of course. The design? Classic and sporty. A choice of other 19-, 20- and 21-inch wheels is available on request.
The interior has been completely restyled – and nevertheless remains typically Porsche. The center console ascends towards the front. The dashboard is flat and conspicuously wide. The analog rev counter is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster.
Also new is the control concept: Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The center console with Direct Touch Control has a glass-like surface with touch-sensitive buttons for direct access to the most important functions. In between: the compact gear selector. A high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display is integrated into the dashboard. In conjunction with optional four-zone automatic climate control, the passengers in the rear also have a touchscreen display of their own. Two high-resolution screens, one to the right and one to left of the tachometer, display virtual instruments, maps and a range of other information.
Above all, though, there is plenty of space and comfort. Not so typical of a sports car. Absolutely typical of the new Panamera.