2009 Porsche Panamera | new car review

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 by

The Panamera is an all-new model for 2010 and takes the sport car company into the world of luxury super-sedans. Designed to take on the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide and the Maserati Quattroporte, the aim of the Panamera is to take ’s legendary handling and performance and put them into a car with room for three passengers and luggage in the back. It takes its styling cues from the rest of the range, particularly the 911, but unlike that iconic sports car, the Panamera has its engine up front rather than in the rear. This gives the silhouette a longer bonnet than the 911, headed by contoured air intakes rather than a traditional radiator grille. The roofline is coupe-like despite the extra doors, and the sporty stance is emphasised by short overhangs at the front and rear, next to 18-or 19-inch wheels. 20-inch alloys are available as an option.

2010 Porsche Panamera

The sporty feel continues inside, with low, electrically adjustable sports seats and a cockpit type feel. Rear passengers – even tall ones – are promised adequate head and leg room, and electric seats are available in the back as an option. The list of standard equipment in the Middle East is a lot higher than in some other markets. The main attractions that come as standard on all trim levels include the Porsche Communication Management navigation system, adaptive air suspension and ventilated seats, as well as four-zone climate control and adaptive lighting that changes the shape of the headlight beam depending on conditions. Keyless entry and parking sensors front and rear are included, as is a sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a Bose surround sound speaker system. There are also electric sunblinds for the rear windows and an automatic tailgate. 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo Three versions are available – the S, the 4S and the range-topping Turbo, each with direct injection engines, a stack of standard equipment and plenty of customisation options. The entry level S is powered by a 4.8-litre, eight-cylinder engine with 400bhp and 500Nm of torque, attached to a dual clutch PDK seven-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration from zero to 100kph takes 5.6 seconds and the car has a top speed of 285kph. The same powerplant sits beneath the bonnet of the Panamera 4S, but its four-wheel drive system means it can hit 100kph in just 5.0 seconds while top speed is 282kph. The 4S is the only model to get 19-inch wheels as standard. The Panamera Turbo ups the horsepower available to 500bhp and the torque to 779Nm. The Turbo can hit 100kph in

just 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 303kph.     2010 Porsche Panamera Porsche Active Suspension Management comes as standard on the Turbo and is optional on the other models. It enables the suspension to be switched between three states, allowing the ride quality to be tuned for sport or comfort. In the extreme Sport Plus mode, the ride height of the car is lowered by 25mm for improved handling. Also exclusive to the Turbo is an active aerodynamic system that deploys a rear spoiler to multiple levels depending on conditions to aid stability and fuel efficiency. The Panamera also has one eye on the environment. Fuel efficiency is as low as 11.1 l/100km in the 4S, and all the cars feature a start-stop function that cuts the engine when the car is at standstill – such as at traffic lights – and then instantly restarts it as soon as the brake pedal is released. In city traffic particularly, this can drastically reduce fuel usage, which means fewer trips to the petrol station. 2010 Porsche Panamera Safety-wise, the Panamera comes with Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which incorporates a whole load of technical features to help prevent loss of control and accidents. These include ABS and anti-slip control along with engine drag-force control (MSR), automatic brake differential and Brake Assist, as well as a trailer stabilising system if you’re planning on hauling stuff around. PSM can be deactivated if you’re brave enough. There are airbags aplenty, including standard knee airbags for the first time in a Porsche and a side impact protection system with thorax airbags and curtain airbags to protect the head, as well as rear side airbags. A sensor detects if the car is about to roll over and automatically deploys curtain airbags and seatbelt tensioners. Specification

Body typeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission

Price Range (AED) From 439,100 (S), from 458,900 (4S) and from 621,600 (Turbo)

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