Touted as the sports car among luxury saloons the new second generation Porsche Panamera was officially unveiled by Sime Darby Auto Performance – the sole authorized importer for Porsche here in Malaysia. It combines the precision handling of a bonafide sports car with the luxurious comfort of a limo.
Becoming a genuine icon in the luxury class the new Panamera takes everything up a few notches, with refined aesthetics, enhanced luxury and a whole level of performance. With either a V6 or a V8 turbo (each for the Panamera and the Panamera 4S) this benchmark setting, goalpost shifting 4 door Porsche guarantees to blow your mind with its performance, particularly the V8.
The all-new twin-turbo V8 engine in the Panamera Turbo is lighter and more compact than its predecessor and comes equipped with VarioCam Plus. The two turbochargers are now positioned in between the cylinder banks. This reduces the distance that the exhaust stream has to travel to reach the respective turbo – delivering a more rapid response.
The twin-turbo V8 engine of the Panamera Turbo is equipped with twinscroll turbines. The exhaust streams arrive at the turbine wheel through physically separate channels – for optimized gas cycles. The result: high torque even in the low rpm range.
The adaptive cylinder control of the twinturbo V8 engine activates cylinders on demand. An example: you’re driving in town and have little need for power, your car will now operate on only four cylinders instead of eight. Once you demand greater power output again, all cylinders will immediately be reactivated.
The direct fuel injection in the new generation of engines is realized by a central injector inside the combustion chamber. This optimizes both the mixture injection and combustion – for greater efficiency and increased power delivery.
The latest Panamera models are therefore equipped with a newly developed 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which translates the tremendous drive force of the respective engine into the acceleration expected of a sports car.
Gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio and top speed is reached in 6th gear. 7th and 8th gear have a long ratio, which helps to keep engine revs low even at high road speeds – for efficient and comfortable driving over long distances. The precise gearshifts take place in milliseconds with no discernible interruption in the flow of power – as you would expect of a sports car.
Inside the new Panamera proffer a sporty setting for an outing on the racetrack, as well as comfortable, for a long journey in a party of four. There is no ‘either–or’. That’s the Panamera. Its ingenious sports car ergonomics are centered on the driver and on performance – without disregard for the well-being of passengers.
PCM – as a basis for Porsche Connect – is your central control unit for audio, navigation and communication. The new generation with online navigation, cell-phone preparation, audio interfaces and voice operation has a high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display that can be used for simple control of most vehicle functions.
Widgets on the customizable home screen allow you to easily and quickly access the functions that are most important for you. A new feature in combination with the optional 4-zone climate control is an additional touchscreen display in the rear. Passengers can use this to conveniently operate the air conditioning and infotainment functions.
During a journey, you can enjoy the wide range of infotainment applications and listen to the radio or your favorite music from the CD/DVD drive, SD cards, internal 10GB hard drive (Jukebox), Aux input or USB connection for your iPod®/iPhone®, for example. The infotainment applications can be operated conveniently using the 12-inch touchscreen display, rotary pushbutton control or voice control.
The new Porsche Panamera and the Panamera 4S starts from RM890 grand to RM1.1 million, all cars sold via SDAP comes with a 4 year warranty and free maintenance pack. The stated price includes applicable duties, but excludes registration fees, road tax and insurance.