Can a vision be logical? Is it even allowed to be? The more visionary an idea is at the start, the more exciting it gets at the end, and the more it is worth fighting for. That was the case with the new Porsche Panamera. A sports car for four, with impressive performance and comfort; with Porsche’s typical dynamism and high-efficiency at the same time. Many said it was impossible. Others called it courageous.
Whether in the Panamera Sports Saloon or the Panamera Sport Turismo, the silhouette and proportions are unmistakably Porsche – athletic, streamlined, with clear contours and powerful curves. The long wheelbase, shorter overhang at the front and longer overhang at the rear create visual dynamism from the get-go. And the prominent sculpting of the side profile showcases the customary Porsche waistline and sense of lightness.
The chassis of the new Porsche Panamera models performs a balancing act between sport and comfort effortlessly – even more impressively than before. This is because the chassis systems have been completely redesigned and, together with the even more precisely adjusted steering and the new generation of tyres, now offers more of both. More performance, but above all more comfort – especially on more demanding roads. Upgraded and partly optional chassis technologies further enhance the driving characteristics. For example, the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) and rear-axle steering. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system – that centrally analyses the driving situation in all three spatial dimensions, i.e. pitch, roll and yaw – calculates optimum driving states from that data and synchronises all chassis systems in real time: the fourth dimension. The objective is to optimise overall performance, and to achieve the middle ground between driving dynamics and comfort, as expansively as possible.
The rear-axle steering
The optional rear-axle steering (standard in the Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid models) increases both performance and suitability for everyday use. At low speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This leads to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase. The turning circle is reduced, agility is increased and parking becomes noticeably easier to manage.
For over 70 years, they’ve been working on being faster, even when it comes to slowing down. That’s why all models – with the exception of the Panamera Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid models – are equipped with a brake system with six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed brake callipers at the front, and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed brake callipers at the rear. The single-piece brake callipers are enclosed, which makes them lighter yet highly resistant to deformation. The pedal travel is tight, the pressure point precise and the braking distance impressively short, all for the sake of a safer drive.