Porsche Panamera – A Serious Change of Style for Porsche

The Porsche Panamera model was introduced in 2009, being unveiled in China at the Shanghai International Auto Show. Porsche launched diesel and hybrid versions of the Panamera in 2011. The company brought tribute to the Carrera Panamericana race, naming the car Panamera, which, just like the name of their Carrera line, is derived from the name of the race.

Rear wheel drive or 4WD

This car is seen as a reinvention of an older concept – the Porsche 989 from the 1980s. This four-door saloon is considered to be a higher-performing and more thrilling and desirable vehicle than the traditional executive saloons. The Panamera has a front-engine, and rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive versions are available.

Porsche Panamera - A Serious Change of Style for Porsche

The production process is split: the engine is assembled in Stuttgart, and then the body of the car is built and finished in Hannover, where the Porsche Group facility is, so that, in the end, the assembly of the vehicle will take place in Leipzig (along with Porsche Cayenne). A four-door Porsche Panamera convertible version (preserving the general dimensions of the original model) is expected to receive a patent.

The first versions of the car that were launched in 2009 were the Panamera S, Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo, all of which had 4.8 L V8 engines. Panamera S and Panamera 4S delivered 400 HP at 6,500 RPM, while Porsche Panamera Turbo delivered 500 HP.

Different variants

In 2010, two other models joined the line: the Porsche Panamera and the Panamera 4, both of them featuring 3.6 L V6 engines, generating 300 HP at 6,200 RPM. Then, in 2011, the Panamera S Hybrid, Panamera Diesel, Panamera Turbo S, and Panamera GTS were also added to the line.

The Hybrid and Diesel versions feature an 8-speed automatic transmission (also known as Tiptronic S), while Panamera 4, Panamera 4S and Turbo versions feature the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. An optional Sport Chrono package is also available, delivering better acceleration times. This package features a Sport Plus button, delivering tighter damping and air springs and lowering the body of the car by 25 mm.

The Panamera, Panamera S, Hybrid and Diesel feature rear-wheel driving systems, while the Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera Turbo, and Panamera Turbo S feature four-wheel driving systems. The Rear- wheel drive petrol versions may feature 6-speed manual transmission, but these models are only available on a few markets.

PTM

Porsche Panamera features Porsche’s Traction Management system (PTM) – a fully-controlled, four-wheel-drive system. The car is very different from Porsche’s signature offerings. The Panamera stands out as a full-size luxury car that weighs 1,800 kg and features four doors and a front-mounted engine. Its long hood and rear hatch make its appearance very distinct as well.

Featuring luxurious interior, displaying the ultimate technological amenities and fine leather upholstery, the Panamera is nothing like the classic Porsche models with sparse interiors. This difference is well reflected in the Porsche Panamera price, which varies between $75,850.00 (for Porsche Panamera) and $175,300.00 (for the Turbo S version).

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