Porsche launches new Panamera luxury sedan

Porsche has revamped the Panamera, with the luxury sedan now featuring a more modern design and plenty of innovative technology, including a new optional active ride suspension system. A fresh, new, driver-centred interior further enhances the driving experience.

It will be offered with four E-Hybrid powertrains, with a Panamera Turbo offering among them, featuring a fundamentally revised four-litre V8 turbo engine, paired to an electric motor. The combination delivers a whopping 500kW of power and 930Nm of torque.

A redesigned 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission houses the motor and optimises the heat balance of the electric drive unit. Accelerating to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, it boasts a top speed of 315km/h. The on-board 25.9kWh battery charges in a little over two hours.

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Non-hybrid variants will be available at launch, and are powered by a 2.9-litre V6 turbo engine, generating 260kW and 500Nm of torque. They boast a top speed of 272km/h and a sprint time of 5.1 seconds.

The new Panamera also comes with dual-chamber two-valve air suspension as standard, while active suspension is an optional extra on E-Hybrid models, along with all-wheel steering.

With a new look, the Panamera boasts an additional air intake up-front, with a redesigned window line, and a more harmonious looking rear end. Inside, the Porsche Driver Experience cockpit balances digital and analogue elements.

The gear selector lever is directly to the right of the steering wheel. The mode switch for the Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving programs and the assistance control stalks are also directly accessible to the driver.

This means that they don’t need to take their eyes off the road in order to adjust the drive programs and assistance systems. An optional passenger display closely integrates the passenger into the driving experience.

The 10.9-inch screen displays vehicle performance data on request. It also allows operation of the infotainment system and supports video streaming for the passenger while the car is in motion.

In order to avoid distracting the driver, the passenger display cannot be seen from the driver’s seat. The new Panamera will become an integral part of the driver’s digital ecosystem as well, with the ability to control a range of functions.

Among these is the option to auto-enable MyPorsche app functions via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Functions such as air conditioning, seat massage and ambient lighting can be controlled directly via the smartphone systems.

Porsche is also equipping the Panamera models with the high-resolution HD Matrix LED lighting system as standard in Australia, which has more than 32,000 pixels per headlight. It offers completely new lighting features, such as dedicated lane brightening.

Model variants bearing the Turbo name will feature a distinctive rear apron with painted diffuser panels and a unique front apron in body colour. There are also chrome-plated tailpipes in dark bronze and optional centre-lock wheels.

The Turbo-exclusive colour Turbonite is used as a contrast on the side window strips and the Turbo logo on the tailgate, as well as in the Porsche crest on the bonnet, wheels and steering wheel.

Inside, Turbonite is combined with carbon elements to create a sporty ambience. It can be found, for example, in the central rev-counter in the instrument cluster and as the colour of the controls in the centre console.

In Australia, the new Porsche Panamera is available to order now, and comes with a panoramic roof, privacy glass, lane change assist with rear assist, active parking support with 3D surround view and adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam assist.

Australian customers also get front seat ventilation, four-zone climate control, soft close doors and DAB+ digital radio. Selected models get 14-way comfort seats, HD-Matrix LED headlights, comfort access, a head-up display, and BOSE surround sound system.

In Australia, the new Panamera is priced from $227,000 plus on-roads, while the Turbo E-Hybrid starts from $402,300 – again, plus on-roads. Deliveries in Australia are expected to begin during late-Q1 2024. For more information, contact your local Porsche dealer.

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