Porsche Panamera 970.1 (2009-2013)

Date of unveil of official photos: S/4S/Turbo November 24, 2008, V6/4 February 16, 2010, Hybrid February 16, 2011, Turbo S March 30, 2011, Diesel May 2, 2011, GTS November 16, 2011
Premiere: S/4S/Turbo April 19, 2009 Auto Shanghai, V6/4 April 23, 2010 Beijing Motor Show, Hybrid March 1, 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Turbo S April 19, 2011 Auto Shanghai, Diesel September 13, 2011 IAA Frankfurt, GTS November 16, 2011 LA Autoshow
World market launch: S/4S/Turbo 9/2009, V6/4 5/2010, Hybrid & Turbo S 6/2011, Diesel 9/2011, GTS 2/2012

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Technical specification

Modification Gearbox Engine kW Nm 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lb W/lbt W/kg
Panamera Diesel Tiptronic 8-speed 3.0V6 TDI 184 550 6.5 sec. 6.8 sec. 150 242 1880 4145 44.4 97.9
Panamera V6 manual 6-speed 3.6V6 220 400 6.5 sec. 6.8 sec. 162 261 1730 3814 57.5 127
PDK 7-speed 3.6V6 220 400 6.0/*5.8 sec. 6.3/*6.1 sec. 161 259 1760 3880 56.7 125
Panamera 4 PDK 7-speed 3.6V6 220 400 5.8/*5.6 sec. 6.1/*5.9 sec. 160 257 1820 4012 54.8 121
Panamera Hybrid Tiptronic 8-speed 3.0V6 SC 245 kW
+ el.motor 34 kW
279 580 5.7 sec. 6.0 sec. 168 270 1980 4365 63.9 141
Panamera S manual 6-speed 4.8V8 294 500 5.4 sec. 5.6 sec. 177 285 1770 3902 75.3 166
PDK 7-speed 4.8V8 294 500 5.2/*5.0 sec. 5.4/*5.2 sec. 176 283 1800 3968 74.0 163
Panamera 4S PDK 7-speed 4.8V8 294 500 4.8/*4.6 sec. 5.0/*4.8 sec. 175 282 1860 4101 71.7 158
Panamera GTS PDK 7-speed 4.8V8 316 520 4.3/*4.1 sec. 4.5/*4.3 sec. 179 288 1920 4233 74.7 165
Panamera Turbo PDK 7-speed 4.8V8 TT 368 700/*770 4.0/*3.8 sec. 4.2/*4.0 sec. 188 303 1970 4343 84.7 187
Panamera Turbo WLS PDK 7-speed 4.8V8 TT 397 800 *3.7 sec. *3.9 sec. 190 305 1970 4343 91.4 202
Panamera Turbo S PDK 7-speed 4.8V8 TT 404 800 *3.6 sec. *3.8 sec. 190 306 1970 4343 93.0 205
* Sport Chrono Pack (includes Launch Control)

2005 information on the forthcoming new model

According to the official press release from July 27, 2005, the new model would have rear wheel drive and the new model name 'Panamera' is derived from the legendary Carrera Panamericana long-distance race. Expected sales are at least 20,000 units a year. The German share in the creation of value with the Panamera will be approximately 70%.

Door hinges

The Panamera door hinges have the halt function - you open the door and however wide you leave it, the door is kept stuck in this position until you move it with force again. Now you will not hit your door to other car's door in tight parking places. Neat! You only think, why it took the auto industry so long to develop such doors.

Active Bonnet System

Active safety is further improved with the Active Bonnet System. For example when the sensors in the front apron detect a collision with a pedestrian, this pyrotechnically assisted system raises the bonnet at the rear edge trying to reduce the injury.

Automatic start/stop function

New technologies include engine automatic start/stop function in conjunction with automatic gearbox. For example, if you stop at traffic lights with your foot on the brake pedal, the system will automatically stop the engine. The engine restarts as soon as you release the brake. Don't expect very smooth start from the traffic lights (at least not with the V6 engines). Ultimately the start/stop-system could be fatal for the starter motor, but saving the planet is more important! Porsche officially admits that "The battery and starter are consumable components and are subject to an increased rate of wear in the event of frequent engine stopping". So, take it easy when one day your Panamera won't start - that is because you helped to save the planet.

Sport Chrono Package

The Sport Chrono Package with the stop watch on the dashboard was originally really useless on the sports cars. With PDK gearbox the Launch Control system was merged into the package.

Launch Control

The function is operated via the Sport Plus button with the gear lever in "D" or "M". With the left foot pressing the brake pedal (yes, left foot on the brake - you are a racing driver now!), press the accelerator pedal fully to the metal with your right foot. The engine is revved to an optimum speed of around 5500 rpm and the clutch is already held in slight contact. The message "Launch Control active" appears on the instrument cluster display. Now release the brake quickly not to wear out your clutch.

Overboost function

With the Panamera Turbo and the Sport Chrono package you get the overboost function, which means that under acceleration it is possible to increase turbo boost and with it, torque. The maximum turbo boost is normally 0.85 bar at 2500 rpm and with the overboost function at full throttle it is increased by up to 10% between 2000-5000 rpm. Torque is temporarily increased from 700 to 770 Nm.

First ever Porsche V6

The Cayenne of the same era used Volkswagen 3.6V6 engine, but the Panamera 3.6V6 is not the same. They both have 220 kW and 400 Nm, but still they are different engines. The Panamera V6 engine is basically a Panamera S V8 without 2 cylinders. Cayenne V6 has 3598cc and Panamera V6 has 3605cc. This is the first Porsche V6 series production engine.

Dry sump lubrication

The Panamera V6 and V8 Porsche engines have dry-sump lubrication. Instead of the external oil tank, the oil reservoir is located inside the engine.

Hybrid

Porsche called it "Panamera S Hybrid" to justify the price tag, but it should be called "Panamera Hybrid", though, as Panamera S had a Porsche V8, while the Panamera Hybrid was equipped with an Audi engine. Despite uniting 245 kW from the supercharged 3.0V6 with the 34 kW electric motor, its performance is matching Panamera V6 and not V8 due to the heavy batteries.

Panamera Hybrid and Panamera Diesel were available only with the Tiptronic gearbox. The Tiptronic was the new type unit from Cayenne 958. Despite 8 gears, top speed is achieved in 6th gear. 7th and 8th gear are overdrive gears to reduce the fuel consumption.
While Cayenne Hybrid is a 4WD car, Panamera Hybrid and Panamera Diesel were available with rear-wheel-drive only.

GTS standard equipment

4WD
PDK
S/4S engine +22 kW
+60 kg / 132 lbs compared to 4S and +150 kg / 331 lbs compared to S with standard equipment
Panamera Turbo brakes
Air suspension and PASM (adjustable shock absorbers), lowered 0.4"/1 cm compared to S/4S
SportDesign front spoiler
Sports exhaust
Sports steering wheel with paddle shift
Sports seats
Sport Chrono Package
5mm rear wheel spacers
19" wheels
Panamera Turbo rear spoiler
Optional: special GTS alcantara interior

Brakes

Panamera Diesel/3.6/4/Hybrid/S/4S: front 360mm / 14.2", rear 330mm / 13.0"
Panamera GTS/Turbo: front 390mm / 15.4", rear 350mm / 13.8"
PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (standard on Turbo S): front 410mm / 16.1", rear 350mm / 13.8". PCCB discs don't last much longer than steel ones, but are very expensive to replace. Also, driving in the rain, the steel discs might leave better impression. PCCB's benefit is that the discs are light and reduce unsprung mass, but that is not important on a family car.

Fuel tank

Diesel/3.6/Hybrid/S: 80 L / 21.1 gal US / 17.6 gal GB
4S/Turbo: 100 L / 26.4 gal US / 22.0 gal GB

Made in Germany

Panamera 970 bodyshells were made and painted at Volkswagen factory in Hannover and assembly was done at the Porsche factory in Leipzig.

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Panamera world premiere in Shanghai, April 2009

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Panamera world premiere in Shanghai, April 2009
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Air freight to premiere in USA

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31 demo cars were sent from Leipzig to USA with an Atlas Air Boeing. The US premiere took place at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 9, 2009.


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Panamera, Panamera 4 and Panamera GTS come with stylish black window frames© Porsche
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GTS. The so-called SportDesign front bumper can be ordered for every other Panamera on request. The dark headlamps are also available for other Panameras for extra money. © Porsche
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Porsche Panamera 970 3-piece rear spoiler
This 3-piece rear spoiler is reserved only for Turbo and GTS, other models have 1-piece rear spoiler© Porsche
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Panamera S/4S 4.8V8 normally aspirated engine © James Herne
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Turbo with X80 WLS Power-Kit = 397 kW© Porsche
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Turbo S = 404 kW© Porsche
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2009 December 14: 10.000th Panamera rolled off the line© Porsche
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Porsche Panamera 25.000th made.
2010 July 29: 25.000th Panamera made. Around 99.000 first generation Panameras were made in around 45 months between 2009 and 2013.© Porsche
Turbo S: 100 km/h 3.8 sec., 200 kmh 11.9 sec., 300 kmh 40.7 sec.


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Sales catalogues

PDF 2010/03 Panamera, 4, S, 4S, Turbo (7 MB)

PDF 2010/11 Panamera Hybrid (6 MB)

PDF 2011/01 Exclusive Panamera (5 MB)

PDF 2011/07 Tequipment Panamera (7 MB)

PDF 2011/08 Panamera GTS (5 MB)

PDF 2009/06 Owner's manual Panamera (9 MB)


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