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Porsche to show new Panamera in Shanghai


Whereas Porsche’s sports cars are blessed with looks that leave the mouths of passersby agape, the Panamera sports sedan is a car with styling that leaves many divided. While nearly everyone agrees that the Panamera is fun to drive, quick and luxurious, the German sedan’s controversial looks place individuals into one of two camps – those who love it and those who hate it.

Fortunately, Porsche has done something about this and turned the Panamera into a car everyone is bound to love. With a mere touchup to the car’s front and rear ends, the German sports sedan now offers the knee-buckling good looks Porsche is notorious for.

Despite the Panamera’s newfound looks for 2014, the real story here is the introduction of the new plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid, and the extended wheelbase Panamera S and Turbo models.

With the guillotine ready to strike Fisker any day now, Porsche is making its move on the plug-in hybrid luxury sedan market. Armed with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine and a 95 horsepower electric motor, the Panamera S E-Hybrid promises owners with 416 horsepower to play with and an anticipated all-electric range of 20 miles that can be recharged after approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V socket.

Proving that being green can be fun, the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s electric motor not only allows drivers to participate in emissions-free driving, it also works as a bona fide performance enhancer. Conceptually similar to the KERS system used in Formula 1 cars, Porsche has armed the Panamera S E-Hybrid with an electric boost function that driver’s can access by tripping a kick-down switch in the throttle pedal.

Long wheelbase, LWB, Shanghai

While the Panamera remains first and foremost a driver’s car, Porsche is making the experience of being a passenger in a Panamera that much more exciting by offering the car with an extended wheelbase. Available exclusively to Panamera S and Panamera Turbo models, the extended wheelbase Panamera adds approximately 150 millimeters to the car’s wheelbase in order to provide more comfortable accommodations to rear seat passengers.

Panamera S buyers will also be excited to learn that the burly 4.8-liter V8 has been dropped in favor of a more fuel-efficient 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine that offers 20 more horsepower and 15 extra lb-ft of torque compared to the old V8 engine.

Sporting exterior revisions that transform its looks, the 2014 Panamera continues to exist as the quintessential driver’s sedan. Should you be the type of person more inclined to save the planet or stretch your legs out, Porsche now offers a Panamera for your needs as well. The 2014 Porsche Panamera will be formally unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in mid-April. To learn more about the Porsche Panamera stop by South Centre Porsche today.

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Panamera S Hybrid and 911 Carrera Take First & Second Place at Michelin Challenge Bibendum

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is the world’s premier forum for sustainable road mobility. Since 1998, Challenge Bibendum has showcased technological advances and test-driven the latest and fasted in clean vehicles all over the world. Held in Berlin this year, the new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and the 911 Carrera captured the two top spots. The double win by the two Porsche models demonstrate that the optimum blend of efficiency and driving dynamics is capable of winning even a competition with a sustainability criteria. It’s no surprise that, with its parallel full hybrid drive system, the Panamera S Hybrid won the intercity rally and the second place finish of the 911 Carrera with a conventional combustion engine proves that Porsche models are fundamentally efficient vehicles.

The two Porsches were pitted against 14 other contestants in the combustion engine driven production vehicle category that judges both vehicles with conventional diesel and gasoline engines as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Acceleration and lap times on the 300 km (186 mile) course were measured as well as fuel consumption. There were also a number of regularity tests performed along the way.

With CO2 emissions of 159 g/km, the 380 hp Panamera S Hybrid boasts the lowest emissions of any model in the entire Porsche lineup. That equates to fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100 km based on the European rating. These values were achieved with optimized rolling resistance Michelin tires, which are available as an option. But even with standard tires, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is at an unprecedentedly low level in its class at 7.1 l/100 km, again, based on the European rating.

Read more about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum to learn more about about its goals and initiatives. Follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook community to keep up with the latest updates. Also, contact us today to book a test drive of either the Panamera S Hybrid or the 911 Carrera, or maybe even both!

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S Revealed

Porsche enthusiasts were given an online sneak peak this week at the most powerful version of the Panamera sedan which is about three weeks ahead of its official debut at the New York International Auto Show. With the all-new Panamera Turbo S, Porsche once again raises the bar in the sporty, luxury sedan segment by delivering a vehicle with high performance and efficiency, with sports-car like handling, and first-class comfort.

Building on the 4.8-litre V8 engine that is currently available in the Panamera Turbo, the Turbo S is infused with 50 more horsepower and an extra 37 lb.-ft. of torque. Improved twin turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a modified engine control are what gives the Turbo S a total output of 550 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Sport or Sport Plus modes that are standard in the Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the overboost function temporarily generates additional torque with a peak rating of 590 lb.-ft.

If you are looking for power and performance, look no further. Porsche says that with the help of Launch Control, the latest Panamera reaches 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top track speed of 190 mph (306 km/h). If you are considering owning this impressive vehicle, your wallet will be relieved to know that even with such performance, fuel consumption is expected to remain comparable to the Panamera Turbo that has a U.S. EPA rating of 15 mpg city (15.7 L per 100km) and 23 mpg highway (10.2 L per 100km) (18 mpg (13.1 L per 100km) combined.) Official EPA-certified fuel economy figures will not be available until the car goes on sale in North America.

With an MSRP of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery and destination, you might be please to know that a number of key driving-dynamic control systems come standard in the Panamera Turbo S. One example is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) which is an active anti-roll system that significantly reduces lateral body movement during cornering. The system enhances stability, handling, and overall occupant comfort. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard and works to help ensure superior traction and higher-performance cornering by applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear differential lock. Also standard is Porsche’s advanced speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system, a sport exhaust system, and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that further tunes the engine and suspension at the touch of the “Sports Plus” button.

No major changes were made to the chassis. The rear track has been engorged with new 20-inch Turbo II wheels, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range have been added, and the adaptive four way extending rear spoiler express, according to Porsche, the car’s elite performance abilities. We invite you to come out for a test drive (link to test drive form) to see for yourself. Inside, bi-coloured leather finishes in black and cream is exclusive to the Turbo S as well as agate grey and cream which will be added as an exclusive option later this year. Agate Grey Metallic will also be an exclusive exterior colour.

The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in North America later this spring. Contact us if you would like to be notified when it arrives in our showrooms.

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The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – Luxury Goes Green

Making its official debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, Porsche’s Panamera S Hybrid brings together a winning combination of performance, luxury, and impressive fuel efficiency. As the second vehicle in Porsche’s line of production hybrid models, the Panamera S Hybrid is the most fuel efficient Porsche of all time and leads the luxury hybrid class.

The same gasoline engine and electric motor combination that has been a proven performer in the Cayenne S Hybrid drives the Panamera S Hybrid. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine delivers 333-horsepower and is supported by a 47-horsepower electric motor. Together, with just 20 horsepower less than the Panamera S, the Hybrid boasts 380-horsepower with a fuel consumption of only 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC); the NEDC is supposed to represent the typical usage of a car in Europe and is used, among other things, to assess the emission levels of car engines. With the use of optional low-rolling-resistance tires developed especially for the Panamera, fuel economy improves to only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres. Official EPA fuel economy estimates for North America will be available closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.
As the Panamera S Hybrid sets new standards in hybrid efficiencies, it also pushes the envelope when it comes to performance. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, topping out at a speed of 167 mph (270 km/h.) Its range in purely electric mode is approximately one mile, with electric-only acceleration possible up to just over 50 mph (85 km/h.)

The parallel full hybrid system is significant due to the fact that the compact electric motor is integrated directly into the transmission. The electric motor, which also serves as the vehicle’s generator and starter, combines with the decoupling clutch to form the compact hybrid module that sits between the combustion engine and the transmission.

The electric motor is connected to the system’s high-voltage nickel-hydride (NiMH) battery that stores electrical energy recovered from braking and driving. A special battery management system with a separate cooling system keeps the temperature constant and ensures optimum efficiency.

The entire system is regulated by the electronic engine management system. It decouples the combustion engine or switches it on, performing both these actions quickly and smoothly. And due to the rapid action separating coupling and the equally fast responding combustion engine, these processes are seamless and harmonious.

As expected, the Panamera S Hybrid comes very well equipped. Adaptive Air Suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive shock absorber system, Servotronic® variable-assist power steering, and a rear window wiper come standard. The car also features the Cayanne S Hybrid’s special display which provides the driver with relevant information regarding the status of the vehicle’s hybrid system. Other standard features include Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation and a universal audio interface that connects to an external audio source, such as an iPod or USB stick, to the PCM.

The Panamera S Hybrid will go on sale later in 2011 at a base suggested retail price of $95,000.

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Panamera: Rethinking Porsche

That new sedan that is outselling the Boxter and the 911 really is a Porsche after all. The Panamera is here to stay.

The Panamera is a perfect package of luxury and performance, all wrapped together with the ability to actually carry passengers. Some Porsche purists have questioned the brand’s entrance into the sedan market but buyers seem to indicate that they were ready. And willing.

The distinctive styling is definitely one attraction point. It looks like a stretched out 911. Then there is the performance factor. The 400-hp, V-8 Panamera can get to 60-mph in just 4 seconds: that is one full second more quickly than the $285,000 Bentley Muslanne.

For the more faint of heart, there is always the 300-hp V-6 Panamera. Not short of a few horses itself.

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