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
|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|
2005 information on the forthcoming Porsche sedan
According to the official press release from July 27, 2005, the Panamera would have rear wheel drive and its name is derived from the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race. The German share in the creation of value will be approximately 70% and expected sales are at least 20,000 units a year.
Made in Germany
While Cayennes were made by Volkswagen in Slovakia and transported to Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany, for the 'marriage' only, the Panamera 970 bodyshells were made and painted at Volkswagen factory in Hannover, Germany, and assembled at Porsche in Leipzig.
Novel door hinges
The Panamera door hinges have the really cool and needed halt function - however wide you leave the door, it is kept in that position until you move it with force again. This solution helps to prevent hitting your door to other car's door in tight parking space. Neat! Why did 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.
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.
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.
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
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 steering wheel with paddle shift
Sport Chrono Package
5mm rear wheel spacers
Panamera Turbo rear spoiler
Optional: special GTS alcantara interior
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.
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
The first generation Panamera was the only one available with manual transmission. Panamera 970.1 S with the 4.8V8, rear wheel drive and manual transmission will remain the most collectable of all Panameras ever made.
Panamera world premiere in Shanghai, April 2009
Air freight to premiere in USA
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.
Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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