Porsche Panamera Reviews
The Porsche Panamera is the first four-door sedan manufactured by Porsche and was released for the first time at the AutoShow in Shanghai in April 2009. Following the same line of Porsche 989 prototype that never came to production and design which was developed in the 80's, it was launched to directly compete with other luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The Porsche Panamera competes directly with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. It is available as a Porsche Panamera and Porsche Panamera S turbo which belong to the "exotic category" like the Aston Martin Rapide and Maserati Quattroporte.
The Porsche Panamera is available with three engines, the 3.6L V6, 4.8L V8 and the Panamera S with 4.8L V8 turbo engine. With a manual transmission 6-speed ZF automatic and optional 7-speed PDK, the efficient 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine with four overhead camshafts benefits from a lightweight construction. A balance shaft reduces vibrations and ensures excellent smooth running. Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), VarioCam Plus and integrated dry-sump lubrication are fitted as standard. The engine generates a power output of 310HP with a maximum torque of 295 lb.-ft. at 3750 rpm. The result is a top track speed of 160 mph and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds in the new Panamera and a 159 mph top track speed and 5.8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph in the new Panamera 4.
With the gearbox in automatic mode, upshifts take place at higher engine speeds and downshifts are swifter. In addition, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) also switch to SPORT mode to deliver harder damping and more direct steering and, therefore, even more agile cornering. The SPORT button, which is fitted as standard, enables you to select a setup that favors either comfort or sporty performance. At the push of a button, the electronic engine management system switches the engine mapping to offer a sharper response and engine dynamics that are more direct.
The "Panamera" name was taken from the the famous Carrera Panamericana in Mexico which was organized from 1950-1955 and was considered to be the most dangerous race of any type in the world. The Porsche Panamera parts are manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Hanover, and assembled on the same assembly line of Porsche Cayenne in Leipzig, Germany.