7 key technologies that make the new Porsche Panamera a beast inside and outside circuit

Porsche Panamera

Like on the outside, new inside. The Porsche Panamera 2017 is far from being a restyling of the German sports sedan, so the Stuttgart manufacturer has wanted to give an acceleration summer course on innovations that give meaning to the new Porsche Panamera. The objective? Know, first hand, which in view of the human eye is not always possible to appreciate.

To deepen the vastness of this sport designed for the circuit and for the day, nothing better to review the design, powertrains, the structure and the electronic part of the creature, in their respective workshops. All that, Spiced with a few laps in circuit? Exactly!

Porsche Panamera
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1. Panamera sports sedan that duplexing

Porsche was a manufacturer who used to do sports. And one day he began to open up to other segments. And with the money he got was dedicated to exploring the confines of the market. And at one point she was raised commercialize a saloon to keep the essence of Porsche, aimed at those who continue to make them a sports tilín but whom circumstances of life ask them something else. As 1304 liters VDA, for example. O 495 liters, without touching the backs of the seats for the new Porsche Panamera.

A novelty that follows the path set by the previous generation, although it has done it again from scratch and factory in Leipzig. From foundations. A foundation that obey the very duality of the Panamera saloon for day to day; Sports able to get away even the hard sands of the circuit.

2. Everything is the result of aerodynamics and sportsmanship

Let’s talk about design, but fleeing, almost typical of a perfume ad vacuous rhetoric. Yes, that hackneyed of the “dynamic and powerful lines that evoke an emulsion of pleasure for the senses, emerging on the front and extreme softness brushing the sides until reaching behind” blah blah blah.

Here it is seen how the design responds to two basic premises: enhance the sportiness of the vehicle, connecting with the basic lines of 911, and provide it with elements to use both high performance and everyday life in the most efficient and presentational possible.

Air ducting for the front wheel arches, with underbody closed, the front air intake with automatic opening and closing, the retractable rear spoiler to increase downforce from 205 km / h, the full cooling engine and wheels, which heat is dissipated in part by the large side gills, are some of those elements.

Another interesting system in a sports sedan like this is the directional rear axle , which first offered in the Panamera. At speeds below 50 km / h, the rear axle rotates in the opposite direction to the front axle, to an angle of 2.8 degrees. Thus the battle is shortened Panamera virtually and can maneuver more agility.

Above 50 km / h, the rear axle rotates in the same direction as the front end, to a maximum of 1.3 degrees, so that the vehicle is extended battle virtually, contributing to greater stability. Furthermore, this system allows more direct addresses, so it is more accurate handling.

Finally, the air suspension of three cameras, electronically controlled Porsche Active Suspension Management, the chassis control Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus) and the Porsche 4D Chassis Control system are dressings with which the Panamera It allows you to switch from one to another face without even breaking a sweat. Day Jekyll, Hyde night.

3. New engines and PDK eight relations

The new Porsche Panamera is available in three versions: Porsche Panamera 4S ,Porsche Panamera Turbo, Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel . All feature the new PDK box of eight relations, and also with four – wheel drive. Furthermore, engines are also new: both gasoline and, of course, which now incorporates the turbo diesel inherited from Audi but regardless of their electrical biturbos.

Meanwhile, gasoline engines V6 and V8 twin-turbo Porsche are unique, although they explain their leaders are “available to the whole group.”

There are several striking features Porsche on its new engines. One, the system turbochargers, which occupies the gap left between both banks of the engine block located at 90 degrees, and thus optimizes the flow of air from the collectors.

This supercharger, the maximum pressure is 0.3 bar, is responsible for the early delivery of the maximum torques of these motors, which are available from 1,750 rpm Panamera 4S and from 1,960 rpm on the Panamera Turbo.

Injectors centered combustor operating at an injection pressure of 250 bar (140 bar previous engines), the plasma coating 150 micron thick on the walls of the cylinders, reductions in friction several and disconnection of cylinders by the double pin on the cams that we already knew the Audi cylinder on Demand, are other keys by which the new Panamera now has more presentational engines, however, cut the above consumption figures.

Logically, the role of the box changes PDK eight relations is also essential on this issue. Opens in the Panamera replaces the seven – speed, compared saves 28% of the friction losses, is compatible with the tractions two and four wheels and in the future will also be the case that assembled hybrid versions. It supports a maximum torque of 1000 Nm.

4. Chassis and body, proof scales

Okay, this title card is a provocation in the making, if we consider the tare of the Porsche Panamera (1,870 kg in the Porsche Panamera 4S, 1,995 kg in the Porsche Panamera Turbo and 2,050 kg in the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel), but truth is that this time the materials have been worked exhaustively putting premised reducing the suspended mass.

Beside boron steels molded hot (950° C), capable of withstanding pressures of 1500 MPa and being the hardest material that can be found today in automotive manufacturing, the hollow tubes which allow lightening structures are. Also the thickness of the plates have fallen, reaching 2.7 kg / m of aluminum, or 2.8 kg / m² when aluminum is covered.

The seats have also been worked thoroughly to weighing as little as possible. But that did not lead to deception: they cost lots of settings and even with massage function pressure by 10 points, which is used by five programs; for example, massage diagonally.

Which brings us to talk about elements of comfort and safety in the cabin.

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5. Vehicle Electronics: Simplification of instruments to intelligent control of LED lights

We know that the new Panamera has lost the pendant cassock it had, and now its interior is much more digital … and clean. This cleaning is divided into three focus areas, divided in turn into different elements that allow precise control of information to the driver.

In the main draw, the central area of tachometer coexists with two areas on the left, dedicated to the speedometer and outdoor thermometer, and two fields on the right with the box engine temperatures and watch. This second panel can display the browser screen and other vehicle information.

The central screen and console are designed functionally. The top of the control panel is used to manage the information displayed on the touch screen of 12.3 inches, the center line contains the air conditioning controls and lower handles changes undercarriage.

The huge amount of available applications includes, among others, Apple Car Play, Concierge, flight information, railroads and gas prices, Google Earth, Google Street View, Gracenote, internet radio, Calendar, dictation SMS and email, access to news, points of interest, weather, traffic … also, you can insert widgets as we would on the phone, move appointments, events and routes mobile car, and so on.

If we talk about adaptive cruise control (active from 30 to 210 km / h), we refer to the incorporation of two front cameras, instead of the only camera mounted above Panamera, and also cite a novel prediction system circumstances of the road, is responsible for tracking what will come in the next 3 km to calculate accelerations and decelerations so that, for example, a sudden acceleration is prevented if anything less is a reduction in the rate imposed by a signal traffic.

It called Porsche InnoDrive, and works by combining the database of GPS, including orographic and corresponding uneven, with the location of traffic using radar and cameras, to influence the management of the engine and gearbox PDK and in the braking system.

What we see on these it becomes the heart of a lighthouse Panamera lines in the Porsche Dynamic Light System. Lenses, reflectors and up to 84 LED pixels that are structured in what Porsche called four – eyed headlights Matrix. Are optical groups, governed by the relevant exchange, are used to illuminate decisively. If a beacon usually gives an illumination level of 120 lx in the new Panamera headlights emit up to 220 lx.

Do these numbers do not tell you anything tangible? Use this calculator lux Wattand be amazed yourself with equivalence in power.

Determined, but without glare lighting. The result of the work done is a lens through which you can make a thousand virguerías through selective attenuation of light. One of the limitations is that the LEDs need to operate refrigerated, such as computers. Of course, the stress tests have been developed under the Arizona sun, 45° C, and with long on for hours, but put long in the sunshine is a contradiction. And not so bad.

6. Test Launch Control in the Porsche Panamera

Seen from the outside impact, because the Porsche Panamera cutting off the airat the rate of 3.6 seconds for the standard sprint. They are 550 hp and 770 Nm in the Turbo version, which are felt when one sinks the accelerator to the floor and suddenly release the brake, making the most to Launch Control.

If you thought the camera is shaking its program despite the image stabilization YouTube (very noticeable in the fictional movement of the seats), you should have seen us that we were sitting back. The power delivery is simply brutal, and torque pushes wildly. Shown in the diagrams and plasma in a truly amazing experience, if we consider that the unladen mass of the Porsche Panamera Turbo is 1,995 kg – that means leaving 3.6 kg for each horsepower developed.

7. Bonus track: Burmester on fire to the beat of Pink Floyd

Just keeping an eye and a pair of ears to juguetito awaits us in the paddock Lausitz. Burmester has put all the meat on the grill, and 21 speakers with aluminum case and 1,455 W surround sound that leave nothing to their predecessor, who was only 1.003 W released through 16 speakers.

The new Busmester system generates 3D virtual surround sound and you move from the comfortable seats of the Porsche Panamera 2017 to the center of Earl’s Court in London itself, while live The Wall Tour and Nick Mason is noted with vibrating battery. Welcome back to 1980!

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