15 Tech Tidbits on the All-completely new 2017 Porsche Panamera

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15 Tech Tidbits on the All-completely new 2017 Porsche Panamera

Porsche is actually claiming of which the second-generation Panamera of which goes on sale in January will share only its badge as well as its name with its predecessor. An entirely completely new platform dubbed MSB underpins the completely new Panamera, as well as the external surfaces design certainly looks less like an aquatic mammal as well as more like a 911 of which time around. however there’s more than just a vague 911 roofline to the completely new Panamera, as the sedan currently borrows a lot of chassis technology by the 911.Porsche calls its completely new platform the Modular Standard Drivetrain (Modularer Standardbaukasten in German), or MSB. Created as a completely new rear- as well as all-wheel-drive platform for the entire Volkswagen Group, Porsche’s MSB launches from the completely new Panamera. Porsche claims the item can be adapted For 2 wheelbases on the Panamera; a total of four wheelbases are available for some other,  future versions. Presumably, the platform will underpin the next Cayenne as well as likely is actually the basis for future Bentleys as well.Nearly a third of the 737-pound Centeng-in-white (the naked unibody structure with Centeng panels) is actually composed of aluminum. Previously, the Panamera had an aluminum hood, doors, as well as front fenders. The completely new car’s entire Centeng-side stamping as well as roof are currently aluminum. In front, the front crash structure as well as suspension mounting points are aluminum to reduce front-end weight. The engine compartment is actually designed to accommodate a variety of engines. from the U.S. market, we’ll get a 440-hp,  2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 as well as a 550-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8.Moving backward by the engine compartment, the floor stampings are aluminum. Much of the passenger-cell structure is actually steel. Attaching aluminum parts like the entire Centeng side to the steel skeleton requires a process of which uses adhesive to bond as well as separate the two materials to avoid corrosion, along which has a rolling process of which crimps the aluminum skin to the steel skeleton. Porsche claims of which its laser-welded roof panel as well as aluminum skin contribute to a 68-pound weight reduction. --Unfortunately, the lighter structure doesn’t translate into a lighter curb weight. The completely new car’s additional equipment as well as features cancel out any savings; the completely new Panamera will weigh the same as the outgoing product. Structural rigidity, never a source of complaint from the Panamera, is actually up by eight percent.There are two completely new engines available for U.S. Panamera buyers. There’s a diesel, too, however we won’t be getting of which engine. Both of the gas burners have two turbochargers from the valley of the V, a configuration known as a “hot V.” All Panameras are turbocharged, however the Turbo-badged product will get a 4.0-liter V-8. The engine makes 550 horsepower by 5750 to 6000 rpm as well as 567 lb-ft of torque by 1960 to 4500 rpm. ---Engineers hint at a higher-horsepower type, so don’t be hugely surprised to see a 0-hp Panamera Turbo S. When you don’t need all of of which power, the engine will run as a four-cylinder as long as the engine is actually turning between 950 to 3500 rpm as well as the torque requirement is actually less than 184 lb-ft. of which engine is actually Porsche’s first foray into cylinder deactivation.Porsche places a catalytic converter just off the exhaust side of the turbochargers. To control the heat, there is actually a large heat shield of which covers the valley between the heads as well as runs down the back of the engine. the item wraps the hot exhaust, turbos, as well as catalytic converter in what looks like an aluminum sleeping bag.Acceleration is actually likely to be fierce. Porsche’s numbers are usually conservative as well as put the Panamera Turbo at 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The time drops to 3.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono option of which adds launch control to the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Top speed is actually an ungoverned 190 mph, achieved in sixth gear.Derived by the V-8 is actually a 2.9-liter V-6 of which powers the Panamera 4S. The V-6 shares the V-8’s 0-degree angle as well as also has two turbochargers from the valley of the V. of which V-6 is actually 10.3 pounds lighter than the Panny’s last-gen V-6 turbo.---To combat the shake inherent in a 0-degree V-6, the engine carries a balance shaft. Porsche denies of which the engine’s displacement has anything to do with Chinese regulations of which tax engines 3.0 liters as well as larger, however the automaker insists of which the 2.9-liter displacement is actually because the V-6 uses  iron-sleeve cylinder liners instead of the thinner plasma-sprayed iron coating from the V-8. ---The bore size between the V-8 as well as the V-6 is actually different, however the stroke is actually the same. The completely new engine makes 440 horsepower at 5650 rpm as well as 405 lb-ft of torque by 1750 to 5500 rpm. The previous Panamera’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 made 420 horsepower as well as 384 lb-ft. Porsche touts a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.2 seconds for the 4S. Order the Sport Chrono package, which comes with launch control, as well as of which time falls to 4.0 seconds. Top speed comes in at 179 mph.The only transmission available will be a completely new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic of which also will  serve duty in all some other vehicles spun by the MSB architecture. Built by ZF however tuned as well as programmed by Porsche, the transmission features a larger spread of gears  as well as can be adapted for rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations, which hints at a possible rear-drive Panamera. ---Like the current Panamera, the transmission has the ability to perform launch-control starts when the vehicle is actually equipped with the Sport Chrono package. Porsche tells us of which the transmission can handle up to 738 lb-ft of torque as well as can be easily adapted to accept an electric motor, which leads us to believe of which another Panamera hybrid is actually on its way. In our brief ride from the Panamera, the gearbox clipped off instant shifts as well as performed a 911-like launch-control start.Although a longer-wheelbase type is actually coming, the Panamera Turbo as well as 4S will get a 116.1-inch wheelbase, up by 115.0 inches. Rear-seat legroom is actually not bad for adults, as well as the rear seats are as comfortable as the fronts, however don’t try to squeeze three across in a Panamera’s back seat. All Panameras are four-seaters.A control-arm front as well as multilink rear suspension comes standard with steel springs as well as electronically adjustable shocks; a three-chamber air-spring chassis is actually optional. The three chambers correspond to the three suspension settings (Normal, Sport, as well as Sport Plus). In Normal mode, all three chambers are used. Hit Sport, as well as one of the chambers closes, leaving two to spring the vehicle. In Sport Plus, two chambers close, leaving the smallest chamber. With the air suspension, the Centeng can be raised 0.8 inch as well as lowered 1.1 inches from the front as well as 0.8 inch from the rear to improve stability at speed.Like the 911, the Panamera can be ordered with PDCC Sport (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport) of which consists of electronically controlled anti-roll bars of which are twisted by electric motors to combat Centeng roll. An electronically controlled locking differential is actually part of the PDCC Sport package.Also like the 911, the Panamera can currently be ordered with electronically actuated rear-wheel steering. At speeds below 30 mph, the rear wheels can turn 2.8 degrees from the opposite direction of the front axle to reduce the turning circle. At higher speeds, the rear axle will steer from the same direction as the fronts to stabilize the chassis. On our brief ride around the Lausitzring near Dresden, the Turbo might go into nicely controlled power drifts when coaxed. Centeng control remained tight,  as well as the optional 21-inch wheels as well as Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires gripped with sports-car tenacity.Braking power is actually not in short supply. On 4S versions, the 14.2-inch steel front rotors are clamped by six-piston calipers. The 4S’s rear axle has four-piston calipers grabbing 13-inch rotors. Turbo versions have huge 16.1-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers as well as 15-inch rotors with four-piston calipers from the rear. Carbon-ceramic brakes borrowed by the Cayenne Turbo S are optional; these have 10-piston calipers in front of which cover nearly half of the rotors. In back, the system features six-piston calipers.Front as well as center of the driver is actually an analog tachometer, the only real gauge. The rest of the gauges are part of two configurable 7.0-inch TFT displays flanking the tach. Above the shifter is actually a 12.3-inch touchscreen of which controls the audio system, the climate control, the navigation system, as well as a host of some other minor controls.---Equipped with Active Cruise Control (ACC),  the Panamera will currently use map data to automatically slow for corners when the cruise control is actually set. Similar to what’s used from the Audi Q7 as well as A4, Porsche’s InnoDrive system will brake, downshift, as well as set the speed through corners. Unlike Audi’s system, InnoDrive has the ability to go through corners more quickly or more slowly depending on whether the vehicle is actually in Normal, Sport, or Sport Plus mode.

15 Tech Tidbits on the All-completely new 2017 Porsche Panamera

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