The Porsche Panamera, the brand’s four-seater sports car which gave the automotive executive class a new lease of life, is expanding further with the introduction of the second generation at Porsche Centre Johannesburg, Cape Town and Umhlanga.
Eight derivatives are now locally available in the redeveloped line-up. With the new Panamera, the sports carmaker has pushed the contradictions to the limit – even sportier dynamics and greater efficiency with more comfort and a decidedly sharper design for enhanced driving pleasure.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid, which will join the new model line-up later this year, marks a new technological benchmark as the world’s first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class. A completely new 3.0 litre V6 engine that features biturbo charging for the Panamera 4S is also introduced.
One of the most marked upgrades to the new generation is its increased fuel efficiency. New technologies mean fuel savings of up to 56 percent and – with the exception of the diesel model – more power.
The standard version offers a blistering top speed of 259 km/h, 228 kW and a fuel consumption of just 8.4 litres /100 km it is said, proving efficiency need not mean a compromise in sporting performance.
The model redesign has an enhanced driver experience at its core. The redeveloped Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with virtual intermediate gears further improves fuel economy and comfort.
At the front suspension larger chassis mounts offer even more comfort and greater solidity, whilst advanced steering box mounts provide a more direct response. Newly developed tyres, lighter 18 inch wheels and a specifically tuned Porsche Stability Management (PSM) add to the car’s sportiness and comfort.
Traditional values and pioneering design come together to form an accomplished unit. Visually tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements all combine to enhance the Panamera’s Gran Turismo character.
A widened rear windscreen gives the car a visually lower stance, whilst a wider spoiler and optional LED lights make the new model stand out.
George Wills, managing director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said it was a great moment for the brand as Porsche extended the Panamera range in the Gran Turismo segment. Each model offered a unique and individual experience, but all bring luxury and comfort together with sporty driving performance.
“With increased fuel efficiency across the range and the introduction of our first plug-in hybrid model in the Panamera S E-Hybrid, we’re continuing to stride towards efficiency but without compromising on power or style,” added Wills.
Continuing to increase performance and efficiency is the completely new V6 3.0 litre biturbo engine which is replacing the previous 4.8 litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, whereas the Panamera GTS will retain its V8 engine. The new engine gives the Panamera S and Panamera 4S 15 kW more power and 20 Nm more torque, but with 18 percent improved fuel economy compared to the previous model.
This not only gives the driver a more powerful and efficient engine. Turbocharging results in a maximum torque of 520 Nm being available over a very broad range of engine speeds for a superior and uniform power curve, even at low revs.
Central to the new generation is the Panamera S E-Hybrid – a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrid, which Porsche introduced to the market as a pioneer in the field. With 306 kW, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h is claimed, it is a Porsche Gran Turismo through and through.
It is unique in its ability to drive considerable distances in all-electric mode, with a range of up to 36 kilometres and an unrivalled electric driving top speed of 135 km/h. In the NEDC, the Panamera S E-Hybrid consumes 3.1 litres/100 kilometres it is said, which equates to 71 g/km carbon emissions.
Toby Venter, chief executive officer of Porsche South Africa, said: “We have had a great deal of interest around the launch of the new Panamera. The new design is a lot more precise, sharper and edgier.
“It’s a successful combination of traditional values and a forward-looking design”.
The new Panamera is available at Porsche Centre Johannesburg, Cape Town and Umhlanga.
Pricing: Panamera R958 000; Panamera Diesel R950 000; Panamera 4 R1 004 000; Panamera S R1 224 000; Panamera S E-Hybrid R1 279 000; Panamera 4S R1 271 000; Panamera GTS R1 419 000; Panamera Turbo R1 996 000.