A sports car and luxury saloon in one, the new Panamera launch phase has officially begun. Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers wll, marked the introduction of the new generation by unveiling two all-wheel drive versions: the Panamera 4S and Turbo. In its second generation, the Panamera has been redeveloped down to every last detail. The 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine of the Panamera 4S is a completely new development, which produces 440 hp, available at 5,650 rpm and represents a 20 hp increase from the previous model. With its powerful petrol engine, the Panamera Turbo’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 develops 550 hp at 5,750 rpm, with a maximum torque of 770 Nm between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. It has 30 hp more than its predecessor as well as a torque increase of 70 Nm. The new Panamera Turbo accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, whilst with the Sport Chrono Package the sprint time is down to 3.6 seconds. The new turbo model features a top speed of 306 km/h and a power-to-weight ratio of just 3.6 kg/hp.
Speaking at the launch event Colin Sattar, Brand Manager of Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers wll said: “All models launched here today are more powerful than previous versions, whilst also significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. As a result, this four-door saloon is a unique offering and an embodiment of comfort, performance, luxury presented in the most beautiful form. The enhancements applied to the new Panamera make it a true segment leader, one that I am sure will be well received here in Bahrain.”
Stellar New Features
New engines and transmission
All Panamera engines have been redesigned to produce more power, whilst significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions. Three new twin-turbo engines have been introduced ranging between 440 – 550 hp output across the model range, and in combination with the brand’s first eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission.
New design philosophy
Recognisable sports car aesthetics which make up the typical Porsche flyline in the new Panamera include pronounced shoulders, athletic flanks and an extremely fast roof line that is 20 mm lower at the rear. LED headlights and larger wheels also add to a sporty look. The sharpened exterior includes a completely new front-end design, with a crossbar in the radiator grille emphasising the car’s width and an arrow-shaped bonnet that features a prominently contoured powerdome. The rear of the vehicle further highlights the Panamera’s four-door coupé credentials, distinguishing it from a conventional saloon. Features, such as the three-dimensional LED rear lights that include integrated four-point brake lights, interconnected by a narrow LED strip, result in a distinctive night design.
l Refined chassis
The chassis unites the cruising comfort of a luxury saloon with the performance of a true sports car. This is achieved by supplementing the basic layout with innovative systems such as an adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology and Porsche Active Suspension Management (electronic damper control), the further enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, as well as a new electromechanical steering system.
Behind the steering wheel
The luxury saloon drive experience is taken to a new level, through the functionality and easy interaction of the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit. Its intuitive user interface, makes operation of the communication, convenience and assistance systems easier than ever. Raising the comfort experience of the Panamera to an entirely new level are new equipment options such as the panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester.
With a range of derivatives set to be launched throughout the year, the new Panamera 4S and Turbo are available now at Porsche Centre Bahrain. Panamera 4S is priced at BHD50,100 and Panamera Turbo is priced at BHD70,400.