Text and photos Neil Pagulayan
Porsche’s most luxurious offering is renewed once again as Porsche Philippines unveiled the all-new Panamera. Roomier and with better ergonomics, it’s longer by 35-mm, wider by fivemm and taller by five mm than its predecessor. With a profile more like a sports car now and less like hatchback, its connection is to the 911 is more apparent.
The all-new Panamera fully embodies the Porsche passion for technology and innovation, the company mantra of ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’ resonates in its spacious cabin. Imbibing this is the Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The dashboard has touch-sensitive glass surfaces and a centrally mounted tachometer that pays tribute to the historic 1955 Porsche 356 A. There are a couple of seven-inch high-definition displays, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apply CarPlay, and a new voice control system.
Initially available in the Philippines is the Panamera Turbo variant with a 4.0-liter V8 under the hood which produces 550-Hp with 769-Nm of torque. This engine is paired to an eight-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung or double clutch) transmission. This allows it to accelerate from 0 – 100-kph in 3.6 seconds. A top track speed of 306kph has been recorded.
Speaking of track speed, the driving dynamics can change with the press of the ‘Sport’ button. This allows the optimum parameters for engine management and gear selection, including coasting and deceleration.
Safety and driving convenience is cutting-edge tech, there’s Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with radar sensors on the front that scan the road ahead. In addition, Porsche InnoDrive takes advantage of the high-resolution navigation data and information from the radar and video sensors, determines speed limits and topographical road features (such as gradients or corner radii along the route) before the vehicle reaches them and modifies the gearshift strategy and speed.
Comfort is heightened with the new three-chamber air suspension system with 60 percent greater air volume enabling a much larger spread of spring rates. The suspension is electronically adjusted in fractions of a second as necessary, either when accelerating and braking, or to reduce body roll.
The Panamera delivers both sportiness and comfort — able to offer a plush ride when touring and able to competently handle a track day. The multi-function sports steering wheel is laid out with considerations both for a spirited drive or more a laid back one.
The Panamera features ambient lighting (option) which bathes the rear interior with indirect, non-glare glow. It also has customizable intensity and a choice of seven amazing lighting colors.
Customers also have a choice of materials, colors, combinations and themes via Porsche’s customization program.
‘Like many car lovers out there, I am immensely elated with the arrival of the all-new Porsche Panamera in the country,’ said Porsche Center Philippines head, Roberto Coyiuto III. “Measured by whatever yardstick, it’s clearly head and shoulders above the competition in all aspects — reflecting the best of what Porsche is known for.” Coyiuto added that other variants of the Panamera, such as the 4S and V6, will be brought into local showrooms soon.