Porsche is proudly presenting the key technologies of the new Panamera prior to the world debut of this truly outstanding Gran Turismo at the Shanghai Auto Show in China on 20th April 2009.
Among the advanced features are five innovations in technology offered for the first time in a production car in the luxury performance sector, and therefore marking world debuts themselves. These include the first automatic start/stop in conjunction with automatic transmission, air suspension with additional air volume on demand, as well as active aerodynamics with a multi-stage, adjustable rear spoiler moving up when required on the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
As the latest addition to the Porsche model series line-up, the Porsche Panamera is set to achieve the same outstanding position that the 911, the Cayenne, the Boxster, and the Cayman already hold in their respective segments
For the first time, the Porsche Panamera combines these strands of core Porsche DNA and the emotional character of a sports car with the superior space and comfort of an outstanding luxury performance saloon, creating a unique Gran Turismo in the process.
The Powertrain: Maximum Performance and Efficiency
The unique combination of comfort, performance and efficiency offered by the Porsche Panamera begins with the powertrain. The Porsche Panamera comes exclusively with high-tech power units featuring the most advanced and fuel-efficient Direct Fuel Injection.
Introducing the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission, Porsche is offering a double-clutch gearbox for the first time in this market segment, contributing both to enhanced fuel economy and to an even higher standard of sporting performance.
Yet a further milestone featured in the Porsche Panamera is the first start/stop system in a premium car with an automatic transmission. And again, the result speaks for itself. In conjunction with other specific improvements enhancing the efficiency of the overall vehicle, which include tyres with minimum roll resistance and disc brakes with residual brake forces likewise reduced to a minimum, the fuel economy of the Panamera S with the PDK is equal to 26.2mpg (10.8 litres/100km) in the New European Driving Cycle - a remarkable achievement considering the car's superior performance.Published 18 March 2009