The Porsche Panamera remains a significant model for the Stuttgart-based Sports car marque since 2009. This model is simply a class of its own when it comes to 4-door sports cars. To date, the Panamera has sold more than 235,000 units the world over.
In all came about at the turn of the millennium when Porsche wanted to build a four-door sportscar with a fast roofline, large tailgate and hatchback. After three variants were designed, Porsche picked to name the finalized product, the Panamera; which is inspired by the Mexican endurance race “Carrera Panamericana”.
It was at the 2009 Shanghai Motor Show that the Panamera was unveiled. The first generation Panamera or G1 was well-received with plenty of new innovations, new technologies, a radical transmission and start-stop system. The top model Panamera Turbo also introduced air suspension with additional air volume on demand, as well as an adjustable, multi-dimensionally extendable rear spoiler. The 4-door sports car had three engine ranges (petrol, diesel and hybrid) to give outputs from 250 to 550 PS, paired with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. In the beginning, the naturally aspirated V6 and V8 engines were available with a six-speed manual transmission. According to Porsche, the seven-speed Porsche dual clutch transmission PDK was most preferred. At the same time, Diesel and hybrid drives were available in combination with an eight-stage automatic transmission. An extended wheelbase Panamera was also introduced for the Chinese market specifically, first appearing in 2013.
The second-gen Panamera came about in 2016, along with an extended wheelbase called the Sport Turismo. The next-gen Panamera has a lower roofline, sportier look and a rear with a slight counter curve, along with signature horizontal tail lights.
G2 Panamera has a number of innovations, including a new, digitized display and operating systems (three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and the PDCC Sport electromechanical roll stabilization system). The Panamera Turbo could do a fastest lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:38 minutes. From then till now, power output values were increased as new engines were introduced across the range, and the transmission was now an eight-speed PDK. The power output spectrum started at 330 PS, today the top model is a 680 PS plug-in hybrid.
A hybrid version of the Panamera, known as the Panamera S Hybrid, was first announced from 2012 followed by the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The Panamera S E-Hybrid was the world’s first plug-in hybrid, with 416 PS and an all-electric; the range of 36 kilometers. In the second Panamera generation, Porsche embraced electric performance across all model variants: the boost strategy adapted from the 918 Spyder supercar enabled performance of the kind typically associated with sports cars, but combined with high efficiency; both in the 462 PS Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and in the top model Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with a system power output of 680 PS.