Porsche reworks their sports sedan for more efficiency, comfort, performance, and exclusivity.
Everyone’s favourite German sports car builder has completely ditched one engine option in the brand new Panamera for something completely different. The 4.8L V8 found in the previous Panamera S and 4S will be replaced by a brand new, twin turbo 3.0L V6, producing more power and garnering 18% better fuel efficiency. The hybrid also benefits from added plug-in functionality and a new electric motor that’s twice as powerful as the outgoing model.
The new boosted V6 produces 440 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque available over a wider rev-range than the V8. It will also be much more efficient, with the combined fuel economy expected to be in the low 7L/100km area. The Panamera E-Hybird, thanks to the new plug-in feature, can get 3.1L/100km (NEDC testing), an improvement of 56%.
But, it isn’t all about engines. While probably aimed primarily at the Chinese market, a new Executive long wheelbase model with 15cm of extra length for rear passenger comfort is being introduced. It will be available in 4S and Turbo guises this year and as a Turbo S next year. The new model will be fitted with bucket seats and additional comfort features in-cabin while Panamera air suspension soaks up the bumps and potholes.
Update: It seems Porsche Canada sent us the wrong pricing info yesterday. The new Panamera S E-Hybrid has a starting price of $113,300, not the $125,900 originally stated in the release.
Pricing (Canadian dollars)
Panamera – $89,500
Panamera 4 – $94,800
Panamera S – $106,600
Panamera 4S – $112,500
Panamera S E-Hybrid – $113,300
Panamera GTS – $129,400
Panamera 4S Executive – $143,600
Panamera Turbo – $161,500
Panamera Turbo Executive – $184,100
Press release below.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera
Looking to the future: World’s first plug-in hybrid drive in the luxury class
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – With the second generation of this GT sedan, Porsche is introducing the world’s first plug-in hybrid to the luxury class. Along with the 416-hp Panamera S E-Hybrid, two luxurious Executive versions are also making their debut with an extended wheelbase and an entirely new three-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. An already unrivalled broad base of models has now been extended and consists of ten models offering an even further broader range between sportiness and comfort. New and further developed technologies have enabled fuel savings of up to 56 per cent, while further enhancing operating and driving comfort. The new Panamera underscores its exceptional positioning with an even more expressive design language in the style of the new sports car generations that are marked by tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements. In short: The Porsche Panamera is even more efficient, sporty, comfortable, and elegant. The new generation celebrates its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show, which opens its doors on the 21st of April 2013.
Panamera S E-Hybrid sets new standards in efficiency, performance and operating convenience
The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid. The electric drive produces 95 hp (70 kW), which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor at 47 hp (34 kW). It draws its energy from a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous battery in nickel metal hydride technology. When connected to an industrial outlet, it can be charged within around two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and it can be charged in less than four hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid far exceeds the driving performance of the previous model. In addition, the previous model’s NEDC fuel consumption of 7.1 l/100 km was reduced by 56 per cent to 3.1 l/100 km. That equates to CO2 emissions of 71 g/km. At the same time, its all-electric driving performance was substantially improved with regard to electric acceleration, electric range, and electric top speed. A pure electric driving experience is possible without any fuel consumption or local emissions, which is especially advantageous in the urban environment. The electric driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid was determined to be 36 kilometres in NEDC-based testing. Driving range may vary in real operation, since air conditioning and heating are deactivated in NEDC test conditions, for example. A realistic all-electric driving range in everyday operation would lie somewhere between 18 and 36 km. Under particularly favourable conditions it could even exceed this range. The Panamera with the new hybrid drive can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h in all-electric operation.
The acceleration time from a standstill to 100 km/h was shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds. The electric boost function helps here, in which the performance of the electric motor boosts that of the combustion engine. Boosting can also be activated by kick-down – such as in overtaking situations. The car’s top speed is 270 km/h. The parallel full hybrid concept developed by Porsche also offers “coasting” at higher speeds, which refers to free coasting with the internal combustion engine shut off and energy recovery by generating electricity.
Long wheelbase, spacious rear seating area: Executive models with the comfort of the exclusive class
The spatial concept of the Panamera with two full-fledged bucket seats in the rear seating area proved to be so successful that Porsche is further extending it in the new generation. The new Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera 4S Executive models – with their 15 cm longer wheelbase – offer more rear seating space and even better ride comfort. They have a very extensive range of features, and above all they offer exceptional comfort at both rear seat locations as standard. All Long wheelbase models have the innovative Panamera air suspension, which combines excellent ride comfort and typical Porsche driving properties.
More performance and efficiency by downsizing: new V6 twin turbo engine
Boosting of performance and efficiency is a core competency at Porsche. In developing the new Panamera, this led to an entirely new engine based on the downsizing concept: a V6 engine with three litres’ displacement and twin turbocharging. The bi-turbo V6 replaces the previous 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and it is also used in the new Executive version of the Panamera 4S. Its basic parameters themselves are indicators of progress: 20 hp more power and 15 lb-ft more torque, but up to 18 per cent better fuel economy compared to the V8 engine in the previous model. This not only gives the driver a more powerful and efficient engine; turbocharging results in a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft being available over a very broad range of engine speeds for a superior and uniform power curve, even at low revs.
Most Panamera models are equipped with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung PDK. An eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S is featured in the Panamera S E-Hybrid. This transmission creates optimal conditions for further development of other efficiency functions. For example, the extended start-stop function now deactivates the engine earlier while coasting to a stop, which saves more fuel. With the exception of the Panamera GTS, models with PDK also offer a coasting function in which the clutches open in overrun, the engine idles, and the vehicle coasts freely. This function can significantly improve fuel economy, especially when travelling on the highway.
Further developed design with a new option: LED headlights
The further advanced exterior design of the Panamera can be made out at first glance. The tighter and more prominent line work at the front end is especially apparent in the larger air intakes and the distinctive transition to the headlights. In side profile, the new, more swept-back rear window creates an even more extended silhouette. When viewed from the back, the new generation Panamera is primarily made out by its new boot lid. The widened rear window emphasizes the horizontal orientation of the car and therefore its sporty character. The rear section itself was also redesigned, including the wider spoiler, and it shows a tighter transition to the rear lights, similar to the visual transition of the headlights at the front of the car.
As in previous models, the new Panamera models also offer many differentiating exterior characteristics. Further customization is achieved by the numerous options that are offered, including the new LED headlights, which give the vehicle a very special appearance.
The Panamera models are further upgraded by new standard features such as bi- xenon headlights, multifunction steering wheel and an automatic boot lid. In addition, an extended line-up of assistance systems is available for safety and convenience. The optimized adaptive cruise control system, for example, now actively intervenes in the braking process in hazardous situations. Camera-based traffic sign detection and lane departure warning offer greater convenience in rural and highway travel.
The new generation of Panamera models will be launched in Canada in the fall. Prices start at $89,500 for the Panamera and $94,800 for the Panamera 4. The Panamera S is priced at $106,600 and the Panamera 4S at $112,500. The Panamera S E-Hybrid will cost $113,300, which is followed by the Panamera GTS at $129,400 and the Panamera 4S Executive at $143,600. The top models are the Panamera Turbo for $161,500 and the Panamera Turbo Executive for $184,100.
Arriving next year are the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive. They will represent the exclusive and sporty pinnacle of the model range.