Who thinks of a four-seater when thinking of a sports car? A real four-seater, which also pampers you with heated and ventilated seats in the back seat, but which also shoots all four passengers to 200 km / h in 12.7 seconds. The Porsche Panamera not only wants to unite two dissimilar worlds, no, it does it, just like that and, in the case of the Panamera Turbo, with brutal force. Out of respect for our driver’s license, we are content with the almost harmless-looking Porsche Panamera 4S in an initial test. That one uses a drive that will still be heard from.
New V6 Biturbo in the “G2” or also 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S
A newly designed 2.9-liter V6 biturbo powers the new “G2”. 440 hp push in 4.2 seconds, but in a direct comparison, the turbo easily outperforms it. 3.2 seconds later, the Panamera 4S reaches the 200 km / h mark. Boring? Definitely not! The newly designed chassis makes it child’s play to keep the Panamera on the road, but there is something that aggravates the impression.
Chassis par excellence
Curves! Pushing through curves in the Bavarian countryside with a luxury liner over five meters long doesn’t sound like fun. In theory, an absolute absurdity, but the chassis engineers from Weissach have not put the theory on paper. Whatever the canteen packs the employees in the spaetzle, it is the stuff from which technical miracles are created. Rear-axle steering, roll compensation and three-chamber air suspension are just terms that vanish into thin air when the first combination of curves approaches.
The vehicle, which weighs almost two tons, lies on the road like a board, sprung on air cushions and almost makes braking superfluous. Nothing pushes, nothing twitches. The moment is distributed, the Porsche Panamera 4S holds the line and roars to exit the curve. It’s a light synthetic that floats with the sound, but the basic tuning rejoices in my ear canal, especially the bubbling when you let go of the gas pedal. And yes, the new engine responds damn well in almost every situation. The 550 Newton meter plateau is held up from 1,750 to 5,500 tours. The pressure is always there and the two turbos between the cylinder banks rev up with joy.
Focus on the completely new, digitized cockpit in the Panamera
The highlight next to the drive system and the road performance – hopefully we can still provide the racetrack performance – is the cockpit. As a Porsche Advanced Cockpit, you find yourself in the digital age. But Porsche remains true to itself, for example a fat, large analog rev counter sits enthroned in the middle of the instrument panel! To the right and left of them are two seven inch TFT screens, the content of which varies according to the current driving situation.
The touchscreen, which actually controls everything except for starting the engine, measures 12.3 inches. Even 100 percent of the climate control is controlled by the new PCM. That turned out to be a minor flaw, because not even the air flow direction of the air nozzles can be haptically changed. That must be “wiped” in the touch display.
For everything else, voice control or the online search by voice input support the driver. Both work acceptably quickly (with an active LTE connection). In particular, the online search, which ironically Google carries out – Android smartphones are still not properly supported – works really well. This means that your hand no longer has to leave the steering wheel just to start the online search.
The revolution is clearly in the cockpit
Visually, the new Panamera or the second generation of the 911 with rear seats are only a subtle embellishment. The designers have thought about the right cornerstones. Larissa best explains this point in the video, and you will also find more impressions of the new Porsche Panamera 4S there. We also took a close look at the new Porsche Communication Management, PCM for short, in an additional video.
Video driving report Porsche Panamera 4S
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner Interior pictures: Porsche