Does a sporty saloon really have to look like a saloon? Or can it look rather more athletic? With a taut roof line, for example, that displays a sleek and harmonious contour more likely to be associated with a two-seater?
The silhouette and proportions of the new Panamera models are more Porsche than ever. Clearly perceived rounded transitions, powerful muscles and a sharpened sports car silhouette emphasise the precision of the new design.
The interior has been completely restyled – and nevertheless remains typically Porsche. The centre console ascends towards the front. The dashboard is flat and conspicuously wide. The analogue rev counter is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster.
Also new is the control concept: Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The centre console with Direct Touch Control has a surface in glass look featuring 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 rev counter, display virtual instruments, maps and a range of other information.
Drive and chassis
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 optimised gas cycles. The result: high torque even in the low rpm range.