Breaking the shackles of curiosity, Porsche stunned the Indian auto enthusiasts by launching its next generation Porsche Panamera sports car on 9th October, 2013. Trying to setup its feet in this part of the world, the Stuttgart based car maker has come all guns blazing and with spot on timing. With festive season nearing, the chances of selling some of these high end machines are high. However, Panamera sports car takers had been quite few in the past but the new breed of young billionaires raise some hope for this sporty cars manufacturer. In India, it’s the other model of Porsche that lured car enthusiasts. It was Porsche stunning SUV, Cayenne that contributed to the maximum number of sales when we look at company’s total sales till date. The second generation Porsche Panamera now comes with more sophisticated and contemporary designing along with a plethora of advance technological products. The German based car maker is always loved for its high on performance cars and their cutting edge technologies. In the new Panamera too, the company has ensured they maintain the status they are known for. Launched with fabulous five variants, it’s Porsche’s Panamera 4 that is expected to find more buyers due to its aggressive pricing and host of features.
Boasting a rare combination of style and elegance, Porsche Panamera 4 looks equally stunning from every angle you gaze at. The astonishing cues and contours surfacing the vehicle, present Panamera with superior aerodynamics that assist the car to attain high speed and maintain stability. The metal used is solid and give Panamera a muscular stance which is evident from the solid sound heard on closing doors. Noteworthy traits in new Panamera 4 comprise of high definition powerful ovular headlamps , aptly placed fog lamp housing and purposeful LED turn indicators. Adding flamboyant looks to the car are the large hood, pronounced bumper from lower end, side mirrors elegantly forming shoulder line, dramatically sloping roofline and body coloured outside rear view mirrors, bumpers and door handles. The automatic rear spoiler open up once the car crosses the 90 kmph mark. The light weight wheels offer brilliant road grip and are of 18 inches. The car has twin single tube rear exhausts. For personalization freaks, Porsche offers option of 15 colour pallets to choose.
Sneak into the Panamera 4 cabin and you would be delighted to find everything positioned at just the perfect place and well within reach. Made with driver convenience in mind, the seats offers excellent comfort and back support. The four door four seat roadster has the same comfort on all the four seats. The front seats provide adequate head room and leg room. The option to fold rear seats liberates awesome boot space that could easily engulf luggage of one week stay. Furthermore, the ventilated seats are electronically adjustable in 8 power ways. Driver gets the memory package. The standard features are too many but Porsche still supplies plenty of other optional features as well. These comprise of roll-up sun blinds for the rear compartment or the rear interior lighting package, large centre console , 7 interior colours and a 7 dual tone combination for its interior trims. Chrome garnishing work is done on gear knob and feature control buttons. Other features include inner backrest surface, side bolsters, automatic climate control, door arm rests and many other such aspects.
Engine and Performance :
Powering the new Porsche Panamera 4 is the strong 3.6-litre Turbo Charged V6 Direct Injection Petrol Engine that is able to squeeze out a maximum power output of 310 bhp at 6200 rpm and capable of generating a hammering torque of 400 Nm at 3750 rpm, which is quite incredible. The additional six cylinders ensure that power supply is not a barrier, when cruising on the highways. The compression ratio is 12:5:1. A 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission PDK is mated to this naturally aspirated powermill. Dual clutch transmission stimulates the gear shift speed and presents uninterrupted power flow that result in low fuel consumption and high performance. With a thrilling top speed of 257 kmph, the Panamera 4 completes the 0 to 100 kmph run in mere 6.1 seconds.
Braking and Handling :
Porsche cars have been the best handlers among the flurry of other cars across the globe. Thus, Porsche Panamera naturally scores high in the braking and handling department. Mated with six piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers in front and rear, Panamera 4 brakes are super light and responsive. Drum brakes are fitted deep into the vented grooves to ensure complete braking. ABS provides regular deceleration and the electric parking brakes can be activated or deactivated manually. Even on sharp turns and twists, the Panamera 4 maintains the pliant ride and body roll is also controlled to a great extent.
Comfort Features :
The next generation Porsche Panamera 4 sports car is embraced with a number of comfort and convenience features to ensure occupants have a delightful journey in this speed machine. The traits installed in the Panamera 4 include Automatic Climate Control, Air Quality Control, Rear Reading Lamp, Rear Seat Headrest , Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest, Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Front and Rear Cup Holders, Rear A/C Vents, Heated Front Seats, Seat Lumbar Support, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Navigation System, 60: 40 split, Smart Access Card Entry, Engine Start/ Stop Button, Multi-function Steering Wheel, CRD audio system having 7 inch colour touch screen display and many more.
Safety Features :
Porsche cars are undoubtedly one of the safest cars in the world. Panamera too gets host of active and passive safety features to ensure complete protection to its occupants. These features comprise of Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Child Safety Locks, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Front Side Airbag , Rear Seat Belts, Keyless Entry, Vehicle Stability Control System, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Automatic Headlamps, Crash Sensor, Porsche Stability Management, Active Bonnet System (raised rear section at the time of collision), and many more such crucial aspects, which will ensure proper security and safety of the occupants as well as the vehicle.
Pros : Stunning style and scintillating Porsche performance.
Cons : Low driving position and expensive along with low mileage.