- The Panamera has been updated to give the Taycan some company and secure its foothold in the segment
Porsche has revamped its Panamera lineup with the launch of three new models, including the top spec Turbo S E-Hybrid variant, pumping out a whopping 690bhp! Surprisingly Porsche’s top of the line 911 GT2 RS also has the same engine output, which in the case of the Panamera is boosted up by the 134bhp electric motor integrated onto the gearbox to provide a substantial jump from the 671bhp in the outgoing model.
The 4L BiTurbo V8 in the top spec makes 560 bhp and works in tandem with the electric motor, which has also been updated. The new 17.9kWh battery pack and specially optimized electric modes are also available in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid which has a smaller 2.9L BiTurbo V6 which produces 325hp to compliment the electric motor. The third variant is the 4S which has a 434hp engine, and for the first time ever has three plug-in variants on sale which come in Sports Saloon, Executive-The long wheelbase version and the Sport Tourismo for the first time expanding the automakers electrical dependency footprint.
To make the drive more sublime without compromising on the performance, the Panamera comes with active roll bars, Torque vectoring, rear wheel steering, ceramic brakes along with overall improvements on the chassis to make it tauter and suspension tweaking which offers comfort and stability depending upon driving mode and a sport steering. The new range of Panamera will be on sale starting December with the range topper priced at 140,130 pounds.
The famed 8-speed PDK- Porsche DoppelKupplung transmission now houses the electric motor which gives 134 bhp and 400Nm of torque and has been mated to the plethora of internal combustion engines offered on the Panamera for performance figures which tip the scales away from the competing Maserati Quattroporte and the Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio, both of which have made their names as serious contenders in the luxury sports sedan segment. Power output from the V8 has been upped to 560hp from the earlier 542hp, and can propel the Turbo S E-Hybrid to a 100kmph in an astonishing 3.2 seconds when working along the electric motor in full swing which is 0.2 of a second faster than the earlier model and all full chat can reach an improved top speed of 315kmph.
The battery capacity has been upped from 14.1 to 17.9kWh across all hybrid variants and compliments the V6 in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid to acceleration figures of 4.4 seconds to a hundred and a top speed of 280kmph, with increases over the earlier models performance. Using optimized cells and developing special drive modes to operate the car and its functions to result in a rather surprising only-electric range of 50 kilometers for the Turbo S E-Hybrid and 56 kilometers for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
While the Hybrid models offer ease of charging by being compatible with a home power socket or public outlets, for those customers who demand the faster charge, a Porsche Mobile Charger is offered with an output of 7.2 kW made especially for the Panamera. Speaking of the conventionally powered models, the 4S can accelerate in 4.1 seconds using its 2.9L V6 Biturbo engine, and has updated cosmetics with the addition of the Sport design front end with the air intake grilles and large side air openings and the single-bar light.
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