Porsche Malaysia (Sime Darby Auto Performance) has introduced the new Panamera Turbo. The latest Panamera Turbo features a new, highly innovative eight cylinder engine; the most powerful petrol engines of the model series.
Redeveloped, rethought and realigned, the new Panamera reconciles two contrasting worlds more than ever before.
The top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo model features a twin-turbo V8 engine featuring twin-scroll turbochargers and VarioCam Plus. Its 4.0-liter engine develops between 5,750 and 6,000 rpm and reaches a peak power of 404 kW (550 hp). At just above 3,000 rpm the engine already breaks through the 250 kW (340 hp) threshold, pure power from a midrange of engine speeds. Its maximum torque of 770 Nm is available between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm.
The eight-cylinder accelerates the Panamera Turbo from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono Package, its sprint time is 3.6 seconds; after a breathtakingly short 13.0 seconds, the Gran Turismo is already moving at 200 km/h, and with the Sport Chrono Package this figure is even reduced to 12.7 seconds. The Porsche has a top speed of 306 km/h. These are impressive figures which underscore how easy the engine is able to power the Panamera with its power-to-weight ratio of just 3.6 kg/hp. The extraordinary performance figures stand in contrast to an improvement of up to 1.1 liters per 100 km in its combined fuel consumption of 9.4 – 9.3 l/100 km (NEDC); this equates to CO2 emissions of 214 – 212g/km.
The new eight-cylinder engines have a longitudinally-mounted V-engine design with a cylinder bank angle of 90 degrees. The four intake and exhaust camshafts can each be adjusted 50 degrees and are chain driven. The displacement of the four valve per cylinder engine that can rev up to 6,800 rpm is 3,996 cc. The bore and stroke are both 86 mm for a quadratic ratio. The dominant technical characteristics exhibited by the V8 twin-turbo direct petrol injection engines are their new charging concept (central turbo layout), injectors located centrally in the combustion chamber, nearly wear free coating of the cylinder linings and cylinder deactivation. These are technical features that have definite effects. Take the example of the Panamera Turbo: although its peak power has been increased by 30 hp and its torque by 70 Nm, its fuel economy is 10 per cent better.
Central turbo layout, a design trait of all Panamera engines
The new V8 petrol engines of the Panamera exhibit exceptional agility right up into high rev and power regions. At the same time, the eight-cylinder engines already produce their maximum torque at very low revs. This type of sports car dynamic is largely attributable to the central turbo layout that is a new conceptualization of twin-turbo charging that is being used in all models. Take the Panamera Turbo, for example: to keep the engine packages as compact as possible, the turbocharger system is integrated centrally in the inner V between the cylinder banks.
The Panamera Turbo has elaborately engineered twin-scroll turbochargers that Porsche uses to supply compressed air to the combustion chambers of the V8. The two turbines that are designed to be counter-rotating, due to the limited mounting space, generate very high torque figures at the lowest of engine revs. The maximum charge pressure of the twin-scroll turbochargers is 0.3 bar (3.0 kilopascals). A compressor driven by the exhaust gas stream compresses the intake air in each turbocharger. The flow of this process air is configured as a dualbranch system for optimal engine response. It flows from the outside, and, after passing through the intercoolers on the left and right sides upstream of the V8, the process air passes through one throttle valve on each side and into the left and right cylinder banks. The two large volume-optimized and pressure loss optimized intercoolers ensure that the temperature of the process air, which has been heated by the compression process, is further reduced significantly. This boosts the density of the air and thereby the extent to which the cylinders are filled with oxygen. The results: even greater efficiency.
Another unifying property of all of the engines of the new Porsche Panamera is that the injectors, with their solenoid-driven high-pressure injection valves, are positioned centrally in the combustion chamber.
The new V8 engines have a dual-branch exhaust system with upstream catalytic converters and main catalytic converters as well as upstream and downstream silencers.
A material highlight of the V8 engines is iron coating of the cylinder linings in the cast aluminium block. It significantly reduces internal friction, wear and oil consumption.
Innovative oil circulation also enables high speeds on the circuit racetrack
Every Porsche must fulfil the requirement of reliable operation under racetrack driving conditions. Naturally, this represents a very challenging stress test. The new Porsche Panamera meets this challenge impressively, including in its newly designed oil circulation system.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo even makes it possible to drive on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with its numerous bends and rapidly changing heights with extreme lateral acceleration. The car’s measured lap time of 7 minutes 38 seconds demonstrates this impressively and makes the new Panamera Turbo the fastest luxury saloon on the Nordschleife by far.
Retail base price for the new Panamera Turbo starts from RM1,550,000.00 minus insurance, comes with a four-year warranty and four-year free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labor.