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1st Generation Porsche Panamera (970.1) - The Story

The Panamera came about because Porsche's foray into the SUV market with the Cayenne was a huge success and it thought a sedan would fit in with its existing model lineup. The sales results suggest Porsche was right.

Porsche Panamera 970.1 - The Story

Porsche Panamera 970.1 – The Story

Porsche planned to launch a 4-door in 1995 as the successor to the 928. It took longer than expected. The Porsche Panamera, the first series production sedan.

Porsche Panamera 970.1 (1st Generation) Models

The first Panamera variants out of the gate were the 2010 model year Panamera S, 4S, and Turbo models. The S and 4S got a 4.8 L naturally aspirated V8 while the Turbo got a twin-turbo version of the same engine. Shortly afterwards we saw Porsche add the base-level Panamera and Panamera 4 variants to the lineup, both powered by a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V-6. In 2011, Porsche introduced the Panamera S Hybrid, GTS, Turbo S, and diesel models. The first generation Porsche Panamera GTS was a sharper-driving 4S that hit the sweet spot with its fettled 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 good for 424 hp. The diesel got a turbodiesel V-6 spun with 247 hp and 406 lb-ft, while the S Hybrid got a supercharged V-6 plus electric motors, which combined 375 hp and 428 lb-ft.

For the drivetrain, Porsche chose Cayenne as an inspiration model installing the 4.8-liter V8 engine under the hood. For the Panamera 4S, it fitted the car with an all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed automatic (PDK – double-clutch) gearbox. The 400 hp Porsche 4-door hatchback was good for a 5-second run from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph). Read More
As a top of the range version, the Panamera Turbo featured the same 4.8-liter V8 engine from the S-version, but with a pair of turbochargers that increased the power from 400 hp to 500 hp. It was available exclusively with a 7-speed automatic (PDK double-clutch) gearbox and all-wheel-drive. Inside, the Panamera Turbo designers took their inspiration from the Vertu luxury mobile phones, with high end appointments throughout. This is one quick and sporty sedan. Read More
The rear-wheel drive and naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 make the first Panamera S a great all around passenger car with sports car energy. The Porsche Panamera 4S is an all wheel drive vehicle, with its engine placed in the front, and a 4 door saloon (sedan) body. The Porsche Panamera 4S belongs to the 970 range of cars from Porsche. Power is supplied by a double overhead camshaft, 4.8 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder motor. Read More
The entry-level Panamera featured a 3.6-liter V6 engine carried-over from Audi. It was paired as standard to a 6-speed manual. A 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) was on the options list. The base-model Panamera and Panamera 4 were introduced in 2010. While it came later than the initial variants, the base Panamera was no second class car. As a everyday passenger car it was plenty powerful with great luxury and plenty of standard features. Read More
The Panamera 4 was the entry-level all-wheel-drive version for the Panamera, the long-waited four-door Porsche. The Panamera's headlights resembled those installed on the Cayenne. The profile resembled an elongated 911 or the 989 concept-car. On the front fenders, two vents were used to extract the air within the wheel-well and decrease the front-lift effect. In the back, the taillights resembled those found in the Cayman. In the back, on the trunk-lid, a retractable wing was installed. It was automatically extended at speeds over 120 kph (74.5 mph). Read More
In May 2011, Porsche unveiled the diesel version for its four-door Panamera. With the introduction of that version, it switched from a road runner to a long cruiser luxury sports-sedan. Porsche didn't want to lose that market and decided to offer a diesel version for the Panamera. Since the car was designed for long travels, a diesel engine would give it a range of over 1200 km (746 miles). After the initial shock of its regular customers, soon the orders started to pick-up. Read More
The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid marks the beginning of a new chapter of Porsche Intelligent Performance, continuing the success story of the four-door Gran Turismo. Not only is the new model the most economical Porsche of all time, it also outperforms by a mile all full hybrid production cars of its class, the luxury class, in terms of consumption and CO2 emissions. And at the same time, without any restrictions, it offers the sporty, exclusive character and custom comfort so typical of this unique Porsche Gran Turismo family. Read More
The Turbo S featured the same 4.8-liter bi-turbo engine from the Turbo version, but with a new engine management system and improved turbochargers. The result was a 550 hp beast that could blast most of the supercars on the road with a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 3.8 seconds. It's all-wheel-drive and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo were standard features. Read More
The Panamera GTS was more like a detuned Turbo than an upgraded 4S. Its outside look was on a par with the Panamera Turbo, with large air intakes on the front and standard front section from the SportDesign package, that emphasized the sporty dynamics. On the front, the bi-xenon headlights had black inner bezels and featured four LED daytime running lights. In the rear, there was the same adaptive spoiler that deployed at speeds above 205 kph (121 mph). Read More
Based as they are on the 300-hp V-6 Panamera and Panamera 4, the Platinum Edition is available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Outside, the cars are separated from standard V-6 Panameras by platinum silver metallic trim. The shiny stuff covers the grille and rear diffuser accents, the lower half of the side mirrors, and the trunk trim. Porsche also throws in a set of 19-inch Turbo wheels and finishes the window trim in gloss black. A sport design steering wheel is standard, as well as Porsche crests on the front and rear headrests and “Platinum Edition” lettering on the doorsill trim. Read More

1st Generation Porsche Panamera (970.2) - The Story

Porsche announced its updated Panamera on 3 April 2013 (as a 2014 model year). The update include a refreshed look with new front and rear bumpers.

Porsche Panamera 970.2 (1st Generation) Models

Model-wise it was more of the same for the 2014 Panamera update. Technical changes included the addition of a new 3.0L twin-turbocharged Panamera S and a new E-Hybrid model. A long wheelbase "Executive" edition which gave buyers an additional 150 mm was available for selected left-hand drive markets. The design was also refreshed across the board.

The biggest change for the 2013 Panamera S was under the hood, where a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine was installed. It replaced the older 4.8-liter naturally aspirated unit. It was a win-win combination since it offered 20 hp more and it was more fuel-efficient. Unlike its predecessor, it was available exclusively with a 7-speed automatic (PDK – dual-clutch). The all-wheel-drive system was carried over, but the final drive was different to allow better fuel-efficiency. Read More
More power and upgraded brakes, a body lowered by ten millimetres and the especially sportily tuned chassis with air suspension and PASM are the major technical modifications that make it the Panamera model capable of cutting it on the racing circuit – without sacrificing practicality. The power unit in the new Panamera GTS is a modified 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 434 hp (316 kW) at 6,700 rpm, while maximum torque also increased from 500 Nm to 520 Nm. Read More
Porsche is introduced the world’s first plug-in hybrid to the luxury class. The Panamera S E-Hybrid far exceeds the driving performance of the previous model. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid. The acceleration time from a standstill to 100 km/h was shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds. Read More
The Porsche Panamera Turbo got an update at the same time as the rest of the Panamera lineup for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Panamera Turbo got the same twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 unit but now with more power. Power was 520 hp instead of 500 hp and it was coupled to the same 7-speed (PDK – double-clutch) automatic gearbox as before, but with a different final drive ratio. The Turbo was fitted with the PTM (Porsche Traction Management) all-wheel-drive system. With the Porsche Chrono Package, the car received an extra boost when needed. Read More
The big news for 2014 was the introduction of an all-new Panamera Turbo executive model. It featured a 15 cm (5.9”) longer wheelbase than the Turbo. It was built to offer more legroom in the back. Strangely though, it was built especially for the Chinese market, where the long-wheelbase version of a car, any car, was considered an executive car by default. Basically, the Executive Panamera is an excuse for Porsche to elongate a Panamera Turbo by nearly six inches for an extra $19,800. All of the legroom goes to passengers in the back. Read More
The sporty, luxurious character of the new Panamera Turbo S is evident not only in its driving performance but also in the key distinguishing features of its appearance. The Palladium, metallic exterior colour, which is available solely for the new Panamera Turbo S. Porsche added 50 additional horsepower than the Panamera Turbo. The 4.8-liter V8 turbocharged engine was mated to a standard PDK 7-speed automatic gearbox and gets PCCB (Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes) fitted as standard. Read More
For the first time ever, an Executive version of the Panamera Turbo S is also available with a wheelbase that has been extended by 15 centimetres. As a result, the Panamera Turbo S Executive offers significantly more space and even more comfort, particularly at the rear. Thermal and noise-insulated windows, which include privacy glazing, the interior lighting package designed especially for the rear and a large centre console at the rear are just some of the extensive equipment options that belong to this series. Read More
The 2014 Panamera lineup was given a great refresh. The base engine, installed in the Panamera 4 version, was an upgraded version of the previously used 3.6-liter V6. For the 2013 model year, it was mated exclusively with a 7-speed (PDK – dual-clutch) automatic gearbox and the 6-speed manual was dropped. It also gained some extra horses. The power of the V6 engine in the Panamera increased ten hp (eight kW) to 306 bhp @ 6200 rpm and 295 ft lbs @ 3750 rpm of torque. Read More
The Panamera received a fairly substantial mid-cycle update for 2014. The base engine, installed in the Panamera version, was an upgraded version of the previously used 3.6-liter V6. For the 2014 model year, it was mated exclusively with a 7-speed (PDK – dual-clutch) automatic gearbox and the 6-speed manual was dropped. It also gained some extra horses. The power of the V6 engine in the Panamera increased ten hp (eight kW) to 306 bhp @ 6200 rpm and 295 ft lbs @ 3750 rpm of torque. Read More
The big focus for the Panamera Diesel update was around the engine. It got a completely new 300-bhp engine and dynamic performance package. Power output was up by 50 bhp (around 20% increase) with performance improved across the spectrum. Acceleration from 0 - 60 mph is now 6.0 seconds, while the top speed has increased to 178 mph. In addition to the improved power output, dynamic performance was also optimized: For instance, the Porsche Panamera Diesel now features the controlled rear-axle differential lock with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) as standard for the first time. Read More
The biggest change for the 2013 Panamera S was under the hood, where a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine was installed. It replaced the older 4.8-liter naturally aspirated unit. It was a win-win combination since it offered 20 hp more and it was more fuel-efficient. Unlike its predecessor, it was available exclusively with a 7-speed automatic (PDK – dual-clutch). Overall, a great update and almost the perfect passenger car. Read More
As part of the mid-cycle Panamera refresh, Porsche introduced two "Executive" models. The Panamera 4S Executive and the Panamera Turbo Executive. These variants had especially high standards for space, ambience and ride comfort. The wheelbase and passenger compartment were extended by 15 centimetres, and both of these dimensions directly benefit comfort in the rear seating area, since the body was extended behind the B pillar in the long version. Read More
For the 2016 model year, Porsche has added a new version of the Panamera that it has dubbed the “Edition.” Despite its weird name, the Panamera Edition adds a lot of value at a price that is only slightly north of the base model’s MSRP. Read More

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Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is extreme indulgence at its peak. A family wagon with almost 700 hp on tap and the ability to launch hard enough to strain your back muscles. Porsche claims the car can hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds. It's impressive on its own, but even then, it seems the carmaker was being conservative as some motoring journalists were able to clock a time of 2.7 seconds. That's faster than a Ferrari 488 GTB! Read More
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive
This Porsche limousine boasts impressive performance stats like the other Turbo S E-Hybrid variants. However, a lengthened wheelbase with a bias towards rear-seat luxury is the 'cherry on the cake' that sets this one apart. The car promises a sporty package with the luxury of a limousine, and to be fair; it mostly delivers on both counts. Read More
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
There is nothing pretentious about the formidable Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The big sedan is all about serious power, performance and style. It is currently the second-most-powerful car in Porsche’s entire lineup, only behind the 700-hp 911 GT2 RS. Only a few rivals can match the luxury sedan in terms of raw power. Read More
Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive
This 'limousine' performance sedan offers the benefits of the non-executive Panamera Turbo S - plenty of power, athletic handling and overall elegance. However, the 'executive' badging means more space on the interior, especially for the rear passengers, courtesy of a wheelbase that's about six inches longer than the regular Panamera sedan. The powertrain is carried over unchanged from the non-executive version. Read More
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S is unquestionably a performance beast, with plenty of power and presence to go with its muscular stance. However, the best bit about the Panamera Turbo S may be how it cleverly masks its brute strength and capabilities beneath an elegant layer of the silky-smooth ride and top-class luxury. In that sense, it perfectly fits the bill of a luxury performance sedan - just what Porsche set out to achieve. Read More
Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo
The Panamera GTS Sport Turismo costs only $6,900 more than the sedan variant in base trim. With the same powertrain and better practicality, this performance wagon may just be the most significant direct threat to the Panamera GTS sedan. The extra boot space, up to 49 cubic feet, with the rear seats folded down, makes the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo perfectly suited for a weekend trip to the shopping mall. Read More
The Panamera Hybrid models have their strengths, but there is still nothing quite like the visceral experience behind the wheel of a high-performance vehicle with a formidable internal combustion engine, a formidable unit like the V8 found in the Panamera GTS (short for 'Gran Turismo Sport). It plays a significant role in portraying the character of the sports sedan as a lively performance and yet, family-friendly vehicle. Read More
First, there's the extra boot space, courtesy of the wagon body style. It gives the Sport Turismo models more practicality over the sedans. Also, the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid is no slouch in the power department. It combines a 443-hp V-6 with a hybrid system to crank out 552 hp. That makes it the third-most-powerful Panamera variant, behind the Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Turbo S. In full attack mode, this family hauler can punch its way to 60 mph in less than four seconds Read More
The Turismo Panamera models offer more practicality than the sedans, with the wagon body style offering valuable additional cargo space. However, there's also plenty of performance on offer. Take the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, for example. It boasts a total of 1,384 litres with the rear seats folded, ideal for a weekend shopping trip. However, under the hood lies a potent engine in the form of a turbocharged V6 unit. Read More
The Panamera 4S Executive is just a 'stretched-out' version of the regular Panamera sedan. The wheelbase has been lengthened by as much as 15 centimetres, an increase that mostly benefits the rear passengers. The Panamera 4S Executive sits above the Panamera 4 Executive, and they share several similarities, such as the panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats and power sunblind in the rear. Style-wise, the Panamera 4S Executive also boasts silver accents around the fenders and side skirts. Read More
The Panamera 4 is the first model in the Panamera lineup to feature all-wheel-drive (evidenced by the '4' badging). A few steps above sits the Panamera 4S, a sedan that offers more oomph in performance. After all, that is why Porsche added the 'S' for 'Sport' to the name. It all starts with the engine. The twin-turbocharged V6 has been upgraded and now puts out 443 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That's a significant increase from the 325 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque offered in the base Panamera 4. Read More
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The single most important distinction between this model and the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo is the 'E-Hybrid' badging. With the E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, Porsche has been able to combine performance, ample space and fuel economy into one family-friendly package. Like the sedan variant, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is driven by a hybrid powertrain featuring technology from the 918 Spyder. Read More

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