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  •   Richard Meaden reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    New Porsche Panamera Official pictures of posher, pacier exec contender

    #Porsche-AG says the new 416bhp V8 Panamera 4S Diesel is the fastest diesel car in the world”

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    Bigger, better Porsche Panamera is revealed. Wraps off larger, more aggressive-looking four-door with extra tech.

    The Porsche Panamera has been around since 2009, with the four-door coupé benefiting from a facelift just over three years ago. Now it’s time for an all-new model, and the second-generation Panamera has been revealed at Porsche HQ in Stuttgart. The new model gets the familiar long bonnet, pronounced shoulderline and large alloy wheels, with subtle tweaks to the bodywork. It’s 35mm longer, 5mm wider and 5mm taller than before, with a 30mm longer wheelbase.

    New air intakes and a redesigned grille give the front end a more aggressive look, while at the rear there are new LED lights that stretch right across the back. It’s here where Porsche has most obviously linked its new Panamera to the rest of the current Porsche range, with many similar design elements found on the updated 911 and new 718 Boxster and Cayman ranges. Big exhaust pipes and a rear wing that deploys automatically complete the look.

    Inside, there’s a new dashboard layout, with touch-sensitive surfaces replacing the previous car’s array of buttons. A centrally mounted tachometer also harks back to the legendary 1955 Porsche 356 A.

    The new car includes two seven-inch displays in place of the dials, as well as a 12.3-inch touchscreen featuring online sat-nav, Apple-CarPlay integration and an updated voice control system. Under the bonnet is a new engine range, with only the Panamera 4S, 4S Diesel and flagship Turbo available from launch. The new V6 and V8 engines are cleverly packaged to make them more compact, mounted lower in the car to improve the centre of gravity.

    The most powerful 4.0-litre V8 Turbo model gets 542bhp and 770Nm of torque, meaning 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds (or 3.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono pack) and a top speed of 190mph. Economy of 30mpg and emissions of 214g/km are improved over the previous model thanks to cylinder deactivation tech.

    A 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 powers the 4S model, with 20bhp more than before for a total of 434bhp. It will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono pack, return 34.5mpg and emit 186g/km of CO2.

    Porsche says the Panamera 4S Diesel is the fastest diesel car in the world. The powerful V8 develops 416bhp and a huge 850Nm of torque – giving 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and a 177mph top speed. It still claims 41.5mpg and 178g/km emissions. Elsewhere, the car is available with a ‘Sport Response’ button to boost engine responses. Taken from the 918 Spyder hypercar, this offers Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual drive modes.

    The new Panamera has 50 litres more boot space than before, at 495 litres. Fold the 40:20:40 split rear seats and you get 1,304 litres – that’s a rise of 41 litres. UK prices have yet to be released, but the 4S will start at 113,027 Euros in Germany – suggesting an entry-level Panamera will cost around £90,000. The first cars will arrive in showrooms in November.

    Overlapping dials now digital, with analogue rev counter; rear display controls air-con.
    SPACE Increase in wheelbase should benefit passengers in the rear. New LED tail-lights stretch across back of car.
    ALL-NEW Revised air intakes and grille give the Porsche a more aggressive nose; inside, the large touchscreen has Apple CarPlay connectivity.

    “New car is 35mm longer, 5mm wider and 5mm taller than before, with a 30mm longer wheelbase”
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  •   Alain De Cadenet reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    918 SPYDER REACHES END OF PRODUCTION #2015

    The 918th #Porsche-918-Spyder has rolled out of Zuffenhausen, but the car’s legacy continues…

    After 21 months the final #Porsche-918 Spyder rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. The super sports car was always intended to be a limited edition volume of 918 units, but as build number 918 was completed the legacy of this advanced Porsche vehicle is sure to continue.

    Porsche has stated that future generations of sports cars will benefit directly from innovations found on the 918 Spyder, which we can only assume means the technology in this pioneering machine is likely to filter down to the next generation of 911, and potentially far beyond. Adaptive aerodynamics and rear axle steering have already made their way into volume production sports cars, such as in the 911 Turbo models and in the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.

    The 918 Spyder was systematically developed to be a performance hybrid with plug-in technology. The hybrid super sports concept car made its debut at the #2010-Geneva-International-Motor-Show where it was met with overwhelming approval. In the summer of 2010, #Porsche gave the green light for its production development. When the car was launched on the market in late 2013, the 918 Spyder represented a continuation of a series of super sports cars in Porsche history.

    Among Porsche’s ultimate sports cars, such as the 904 Carrera GTS, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT, the 918 will be recorded in history as a pioneering vehicle. In 1963, for example, #Porsche-AG created a steel and polymer body for the 904 Carrera GTS that is a prime example of how to unite stability and lightweight design. In 1986, the 959 successfully introduced an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system to the sports car world. Ten years later, the 911 GT1 paved the way for implementing carbon fibre technology in production vehicles. In 2003, the Carrera GT made its debut as the first production vehicle whose monocoque and subframe were made entirely of carbon fibre reinforced polymer.

    Like these iconic past Porsches, the 918 Spyder embodies classic Porsche virtues and sets cornerstones for the future. On the one hand, the car embodies performance, on the other, efficiency. The question is: what will replace it?
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