“That’s the way we’ve always done it.” Not really a sentence to inspire change. Except at Porsche. That’s because we’ve always made each new generation of engines higher-performing, more dynamic and more efficient than the last. The new engine generation of the Panamera models now takes the next significant step forwards.
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.
Getting more power from an engine is worthwhile only when you know where it needs to go. And how quickly and effectively. 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.
Available for the Panamera models for the first time: optional rear-axle steering. It enhances performance and everyday driveability in equal measure.
During low-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This has the virtual effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is reduced, agility is increased and parking becomes noticeably easier to manage.
During high-speed maneuvers, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as that of the front wheels. This virtual extension of the wheelbase increases driving stability.
Rear-axle steering makes it clear that there is no contradiction between stability and agility or performance and everyday driveability. The result: greater maneuverability and driving safety in everyday use – and a significant increase in maximum driving performance.
A few years ago, everything to do with the sedan suddenly changed. Large, cumbersome and thickly padded instantly seemed outmoded qualities. On the road, something happened – something rather fast and dynamic: a sports car came along. A sports car with four seats, an unmistakable silhouette and performance figures normally associated only with a Porsche.
The Panamera. It changed everything. For drivers of sedans first and foremost. Sporting spirit – in business and in personal life – found its automotive counterpart. The courage to perform found a matching performer.
Now the change continues. Forwards. On the road, something is happening again. For sporty drivers – and their sporty companions – our engineers and designers have created the next Panamera. With the courage of a new generation.
Our engineers have demonstrated their courage with the Panamera concept. By continually re-evaluating and reinventing. By reconciling apparent contradictions: performance and comfort, dynamics and efficiency, career and family. And by forever remaining true to our roots, with shared traits like the ignition on the left and the tachometer in the middle – in short: typical Porsche DNA. The result? Singularity. Of the Porsche kind.
New Porsche InnoDrive and other innovative assistance systems make driving more efficient and more relaxing – but also more enthralling. Typically Porsche.
And it’s more dynamic than ever: thanks to Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and – for the first time in the Panamera – rear-axle steering.
And because a Porsche is always heading in the direction of the future, the new Panamera models are fully digitally networked thanks to Porsche Connect.
The new Panamera. Courage changes everything.
The new Panamera Executive models combine sporty driving with a comfortable work zone in the rear compartment – thanks to an extra 15 cm added to the length of the body, which benefits the rear passengers the most. Visual hallmarks of the Executive models are silver-colored elements in the slats of the front air intakes and above the sideskirts. The air outlet trims in the front wings are in silver color with a high-gloss finish.
The standard specification includes adaptive air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, side airbags in the rear compartment and a rear roll-up sunblind. Particularly pleasant: power seats in the rear compartment with seat heating and comfort headrests.
Panamera 4S Executive and Turbo Executive models are additionally equipped with rear-axle steering, ParkAssist including reversing camera and soft-close doors. Standard in the Panamera Turbo Executive: four-zone air conditioning system.
We rise to the challenge we’re given. The same applies to the wheel dimensions of the new Panamera. The tires are wider, the contact surface larger – for enhanced performance under acceleration and braking. As of now, optional sizes of up to 21 inches are available from a range of wheel designs, assuring you of a grand appearance. The Panamera Turbo is equipped as standard with 20-inch wheels. The material? Alloy, of course. The design? Classic and sporty. A choice of other 20- and 21-inch wheels is available on request.
Sporty, for an outing on the racetrack. 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.
Let’s give you some examples. Ascending center console: enabling quick hand movements from the steering wheel to the gear selector. New control and display concept: Porsche Advanced Cockpit with newly styled centre console in glass look and touch-sensitive buttons arranged in logical groups. High-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display. Instrument cluster with analog tachometer positioned in the middle, flanked on the left and right by two high-resolution displays. Multifunction sports steering wheel.
And what else? You decide: seat variants, leather or two-tone interior schemes? Fine woods, aluminium or carbon? More sporty? More luxurious? Both? Thanks to our extensive range of personalization options, the possibilities for you and your wishes are virtually boundless.
Optional ambient lighting with rear interior lighting is an indirect lighting concept designed to enhance passenger comfort. You can choose from seven lighting colors and customize their intensity.
A cinematic experience enjoyed in the second row: new Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment has been specially developed to appeal to the discerning taste of a Porsche passenger and offers a fully integrated and networked infotainment system for on the move. Both units are removable, making them convenient to use outside the vehicle, too.
Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment connects to Porsche Communication Management (PCM) via WLAN to provide access to the radio, media, navigation system and vehicle functions of your Panamera. A wealth of entertainment awaits, thanks to two separate 10-inch touchscreen displays on the front seat backrests, an internal 32-GB memory, micro SD card slot, micro USB interface, Bluetooth® and NFC (near field communication). Through the connection to the WLAN router of the Connect Plus module, you also gain access to the Internet and up to one million apps and games, to movies and music, audiobooks, e-books and productivity applications from the GOOGLE Play® Store.
For an unrestricted listening experience, the sound can be output from the integrated loudspeakers, the in-car sound system or the wireless Bluetooth® headphones.
A concert hall with the four best seats around? Panamera. The Burmester® High- End 3D Surround Sound System delivers an acoustic performance worthy of one of the best concert halls in the world. Every audience member can enjoy the full breadth of the stage thanks to the perceived spatial distribution of the sound source.
Quiet, please, as we introduce a total output of 1,455 watts, 21 individually controlled loudspeakers including an active subwoofer with 400-watt class D digital amplifier, two-way center system and a total diaphragm surface area of more than 2,500 cm². Ribbon tweeters have been used for unmistakably fine, clear and undistorted high-frequency sound reproduction with excellent level stability. All loudspeaker housings are perfectly matched and deliver superior bass foundation, definition and impulse accuracy. The result is a natural and richly textured spatial sound, even at top volume. Particularly impressive is the new 3D sound experience, created by the loudspeakers integrated into the roof pillars and by the use of a special 3D algorithm.
A superlative visual performance, too. The borders of the loudspeaker trims are illuminated in white or – in conjunction with optional ambient lighting – a choice of seven colors. Uncompromising in sound and design.
This system regulates the speed of your Panamera fully independently in line with the speed of the vehicle in front. Radar sensors on the front end scan the road ahead. Let’s imagine you’ve selected a cruising speed but have begun to gain on the vehicle in front because it is driving more slowly – the system reduces the speed of your vehicle by restricting throttle or gently applying the brakes until your chosen distance from the vehicle in front is restored.
Your Panamera now continues to maintain this distance from the vehicle ahead. If it brakes even more, Adaptive Cruise Control will reduce your speed accordingly – even down to a halt. As soon as the road ahead clears, your vehicle will accelerate back up to the cruising speed originally set.
Lane Change Assist uses radar sensors to monitor the areas to the rear of the vehicle and the blind spots on either side. As you move to change lane, the system issues a visual warning signal in the exterior mirrors if another vehicle is rapidly approaching your vehicle from behind or is residing in one of your blind spots. The function can be activated in PCM as required.
During low-speed turns, new Turn Assist improves safety at the rear. When approaching an intersection, Turn Assist issues a visual warning if it detects objects approaching in the blind spots behind your vehicle.
ParkAssist is fitted in all Panamera models and audibly alerts the driver to the presence of obstacles detected to the front and rear of the vehicle. The audible alert is supplemented by a visual warning on the central display screen.
The reversing camera facilitates precise reverse parking and maneuvering. Help is provided in the form of the camera image and the dynamic, superimposed guidelines on the PCM screen, which illustrate the predicted course of the vehicle given the current position of the steering wheel.
The optionally available Surround View system supplements the reversing camera with three more high-resolution cameras – one in the front apron and one in each lower trim of the exterior mirrors. Based on the information supplied by all four cameras, the system generates a virtual bird’s eye view of the car and displays it on the PCM screen. It is also possible to switch between various camera views to improve visibility, e.g. at narrow exits.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
Design and cylinders
Max. power at rpm
5,750 - 6,000 rpm
Max. engine speed
Max. torque at rpm
1,960 - 4,500 rpm
Max. power per liter
2 intake / 2 exhaust
VarioCam Plus with adaptive cylinder management
EPA estimates not yet available.
Chassis and Suspension
Electromechanical power steering with variable ratio
Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Component of Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
Component of Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
Top track speed
0 - 60 mph
0 - 60 mph with Sport Chrono Package
Width w/ mirrors folded
Drag coefficient (Cd)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
Rear luggage compartment volume (w/ seats folded)
Rear luggage compartment volume
Service and Warranty
Limited vehicle warranty
4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first) including 24-hour roadside assistance program
Main service interval
Porsche Cars North America offers service and maintenance packages in a variety of terms to match your intended usage. Please see your authorized Porsche Dealer for details and availability.
Limited paint warranty
4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first)
Limited corrosion warranty
12 years/unlimited miles