Here are the top 13 new tech innovations that’ll get you even more revved up for the 2017 Porsche Panamera.
The Panamera is proof positive that Porsche isn’t all about 2-door automotive performance excellence. The 4-door Panamera is a wonderful collection of technological innovation, designed to break barriers about what can be achieved by engineering and design. From the coolness of the new wing to the trickery of the new chassis, here are some tech marvels to expect as the Panamera rolls out:
1. 4-Wheel Drive Now, Rear-Drive Later. As expected, you’ll find an all-wheel drive system on every Panamera. But take a deeper and look. You’ll find a rack running across its rear subframe. That means a rear-drive suspension is coming down the road.
2. Aluminum and More. The Panamera debuts the use of the MSB platform architecture of the VW Group. Aluminum has been used for various parts, including the roof, body side panels, front fenders, and the hood. As you know, aluminum is great, as it offers a lighter weight without compromising strength. Then Porsche also uses Borlegierter Stahl and Tiefziehstahl, and of course they have the right to use whatever name they want for their high strength steel materials.
3. The Back Seat Actually Works. In some Porsches (especially the 2-door varieties), the back seat isn’t really designed to be used by actual humans. They seem more useful as a place for your stuff, like your golf clubs. But this time the back seat can actually accommodate 2 real adult humans. That’s quite a technological leap forward, since we’re talking about Porsche.
4. Massive Upgrade in Cargo Capacity. The previous version of the Panamera offered a paltry 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which in all honesty wasn’t much at all. But now, the design of the 40-20-40 split rear seat and the hatch gives you a whopping 46 cubic feet of space for your stuff.
5. An Even Better Engine. You’d think that Porsche would be satisfied to rest in its tech laurels when it comes to their engines. After all, a typical Porsche engine is probably light years ahead of its many competitors. But Porsche engineers like to keep on improving what they have. The same thing goes with the Panamera engine. This time they’ve designed a smaller twin-turbo V8 for Panamera, and the old 4.8-liter engine is now being replaced by a 4.0 liter version. The new engine is 21 pounds lighter, and that’s always a plus. The car is also powered by 550 horses with 568 pound-feet of torque, with only a boost of 0.3 bar. In the V, you’ll find the counter-rotating twin-scroll turbos responsible.
6. Tough Transmission. The new Panamera also showcases the brand-new Porsche PDK transmission with its 8 speeds. This is a tough transmission, as it’s actually rated to handle as much as 737 pound-feet of torque, if you can believe it. You’ll only need the reach the 6th gear to get to the top speed, but the 7th and 8th gears are there for fuel economy.
7. Adaptive Air Suspension. No more steel springs! You’ll find adaptive air suspension on the new front subframe.
8. Mighty Brakes. You can also get the carbon-ceramic brakes. It probably should have been standard already, since everyone needs the best brakes for cars that can go as fast as this one. If you’re not yet aware, carbon ceramic brakes are much more effective since they can work just a well at high temperatures. So that means you can break heavily while at high speeds more frequently. Also, the brake pads in carbon-ceramic brakes don’t wear down as quickly as their regular counterparts. Carbon-ceramic brakes are also not as heavy as cast iron rotors, and your weight savings can go as high as 70%.
9. Brand-New Cylinder-Deactivation System. This is another milestone for the Porsche brand. This system can shut down the 4 cylinders (cylinders 2, 3, 5, and 8), and it works at torque loads of up to 184 pound-feet and from 950 to 3,500 rpm.
10. Non-Decorative Side Vents. Fake side vents can look pretty goofy when they’re just for decoration. It’s just like putting on fake hood scoops. But these Panamera side vents look cool because they’re not just for show. They actually help bleed off the high pressure air from your front wheelwell.
11. Body Roll Reduction. As options go, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport system seems worth it if you like going fast while turning. It offers stabilizer bars with 48-volt electromechanical actuators. These twist against the suspension loads, so that the body roll is minimized through your turns.
12. 3-Piece Wing. The wing on the Panamera Turbo is small enough when folded so it fits the aperture in the rear hatch. But when you’re going fast, it can also offer full-width aerodynamic function.
13. More Advanced Rear Wheel System. There’s now an electronically controlled rack-and-pinion setup for the rear-steer system in the Panamera. This is much better than the 911 setup that has each wheel with separate actuators. When you’re going slowly, the rear wheels steer counter to the front wheel direction for better agility. But at speed, the rear wheels turn in the same direction for better stability.
With the tech innovations in the Panamera, no one can say that Porsche engineers and designers are slacking off!
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