The new Porsche Panamera is larger, lighter and laps Nürburgring in 7:38!

Say goodbye to the hunchback of Leipzig. The second generation Porsche Panamera no longer presents strange proportions. And being beautiful is not even the most striking feature the new 4-door coupé presents. It is only the more evident. The new Panamera is larger, lighter and can lap Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:38. Check that in the video below.

This time is similar to the one the Lexus LFA has managed to do in 2010. Or the Ferrari 458 Italia in the same year. Or 1 s better than the one Alfa Romeo claims the Giulia has achieved. But not even close to the Porsche Carrera GT time, of 7:28.71, established in 2008. Early rumors said the Panamera would have beaten the 918 Spyder predecessor. Anyway, 7:38 is very, very respectable.

The second generation is built on the MSB platform. It has been developed by Porsche and it will also underpin future Bentley models. But let’s focus on the new “family car” from Porsche. It is 5.05 m long (or 35 mm longer than the current Panamera), 1.94 m wide, 1.42 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.95 m, or 30 mm bigger that in its previous generation.  The trunk can carry 495 l and can be expanded up to 1,304 l. In the current flagship, the Panamera Turbo, weight is just 1,818 kg. The previous Panamera Turbo weighed 1,970 kg. It is a difference of 152 kg. Or two big adult passengers less.

 

Oh, the looks!

The interior of the new Panamera looks as good as the exterior. Or even better.

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Pictures, with their static properties, do not make justice to the interior. But the video below does.

Could you see how the rear spoiler unfolds? It is the sort of gimmick that requires a button to entertain children of all ages even in standstill.

The versions

Something else that will also be entertaining, but only for the driver, are the engines of the Panamera. All of them are biturbo, confirming what we have stated on the Turbo version being just a tradition from now on. The current base version, the 4S, comes with a 2.9 V6. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 s and reaches a top speed of 289 km/h with its 324 kW at 5,650 rpm and 550 Nm from 1,750 rpm up to 5,500 rpm. It is surely one of the most impressive torque “curves” we have ever heard of.

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As impressive as it is, it is no match for Panamera 4S Diesel’s and its 4.0 V8. Even if the torque does not appear in such a wide range, going from 1,000 rpm up to 3,250 rpm, it is an astonishing 850 Nm. Its turbodiesel engine delivers 310 kW at 3,500 rpm and its top speed is 285 km/h. The car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 s, what makes the Panamera 4S Diesel the fastest diesel car in the world.

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The rhetorical Turbo

Pay attention to the exhaust pipes in both 4S Panamera units: they are round. The ones presented by the Panamera Turbo are trapezoidal, as you can see below.

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The 4.0 V8 that powers the Turbo version produces 404 kW at 5,750 rpm and 770 Nm from 1,960 rpm until 4,500 rpm. With it, the 4-d00r coupé goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 s and reaches a top speed of 306 km/h. When it is not needed, the V8 has the power to deactivate half of its cylinders, delivering a fuel economy up to 30% superior to the regular 9.3 l/100 km.

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The new Panamera can already be ordered and deliveries will begin in November 5 in Europe. Prices in Germany, including taxes, start at € 113,027 for the 4S, € 116,954 for the 4S Diesel and € 153.011 for the Turbo.

 

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.