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Porsche lifts the veil on the new Panamera, third of the name, this Friday, November 24. Since its birth in April 2009, as part of a presentation held at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Zuffenhausen firm’s sedan has sold 385,000 units. Renewed in 2016, it has now completed a new 7-year cycle, synonymous with the transfer of power. The challenge of this third opus consists of perpetuating the identity of the model while enriching it with new elements.
Design et dimensions
At first glance, we note that this third generation is indeed in line with its predecessor. Its aesthetic evolves smoothly, so as to clearly distinguish it from a 100% electric model like the Taycan. Thus, the Panamera retains a certain roundness in its look, while nevertheless being equipped with a new light signature with Matrix LED headlights as standard, within a more powerful-looking front end, featuring enlarged air intakes. . From one generation to the next, the size of the German sedan remains the same, with a length of 5.05 meters, a width of 1.94 meters and a height of 1.42 meters. On this example, which is a Turbo version, the logo on the hood and the rims has a new graphite tone, corresponding to the name “Turbonite”, while the livery is new, with a yellow-orange color called “ Madeira Gold” (Madeira Gold).
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Interior and technologies
Inside the passenger compartment, we immediately notice the new position of the gear selector, placed directly to the right of the steering wheel, within easy reach. This modification in terms of ergonomics has the effect of modernizing the central console, now more refined. The other major change concerns the installation of a touch screen for the passenger, an extension of that of the driver, displaying a diagonal of 10.9 inches. While driving, the passenger can view a video on their screen, but without it being visible to the driver, for obvious safety reasons. With the passage of the third generation, the Panamera is armed with a new sophisticated damping system, called Porsche Active Ride, based on two-valve technology. It has the particular effect of preventing the vehicle from rearing up when accelerating or, conversely, the front axle from crushing too much when braking. When stationary, it helps to facilitate access to the passenger compartment by raising its ground clearance when the door is opened. As for the 8-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox, it has been redesigned to integrate the electric motor of the hybrid versions, which generates a weight loss reported at 5 kg.
Engines and performances
In terms of hybridization, Porsche announces 4 E-Hybrid versions, the top of the range being available to order first. This is the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid, featuring a 4.0-liter turbo V8, associated with a 190 hp electric unit. In total, the power reaches 680 horsepower, for a torque that peaks at 930 Nm. Obviously, the performance figures are promising, with 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h. h. With its 25.9 kWh battery, this version is credited with a range of 91 km WLTP, for a recharge time of 2h39 at 11kW. The Panamera and Panamera 4 variants require a 2.9-liter turbo V6, with a gain of 23 hp and 50 Nm of torque compared to the previous generation. As a result, the cavalry now amounts to 353 hp and 500 Nm, which allows the Panamera to go from 0 to 100 in 5.2 sec and in 4.8 sec for the Panamera 4.
First deliveries and prices
The revelation of this third generation, produced in Leipzig, marks the opening of orders, which allows you to become aware of its price list. Porsche communicates a base price of 109,726 euros for the Panamera, while the all-wheel drive version, Panamera 4, requires 113,883 euros. At the top of the pyramid, the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid is priced from 194,833 euros. The first deliveries to Europe are expected in March 2024.
To sum up
Launched in 2009, the Porsche Panamera is now available in a third opus. On this occasion, she strives to find the point of balance between tradition and modernity.
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