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PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S

There’s a lot that’s familiar the updated Panamera,

What we

Clever plug-in hybrid

Beautifully executed interior

prowess despite size and

Not so much

Size and weight

Rear side airbags


You can’t ignore its success

The Panamera luxury is one of those Porsches that love to hate – just they hate the Cayenne SUV and hate its little bother, the Q5-based Macan too.

Panamera was launched back in the five-door copped it for being too too ugly, too expensive and too heavy. And some justification too! all that, however, it has proved a for Porsche.

Around 100,000 been sold since it rolling off Porsche’s dedicated production line.

That has been built on the back of the popularity in China, which for roughly one third of annual By contrast, in Australia it is the slowest in the range, averaging about 100 per year.

Almost exactly years into Panamera’s Porsche has rolled out the first facelift. Included in the line-up are a overhauled parallel hybrid startling good fuel a 3.0-litre biturbo V6 S with good performance and a new long Executive model that is, startlingly long.


Same, same, but slightly

There’s a lot that’s familiar the updated Panamera, including the pricing, the model line-up and the levels, which mostly unchanged.

Australia won’t get the longer Executive, which is a proposition and aimed primarily at

Instead, the headline act is the new plug-in S which is a significant technical and leap.

The other major news is the replacement of the old 4.8-litre V8 in the S and all-wheel drive 4S with a new biturbo V6 that improves and fuel economy.

All the other in the range have carry-over – albeit improved in terms of performance and economy (see below). They are the Panamera V6 petrol), Panamera 4, Panamera (3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel), Panamera GTS 4.8-litre V8) and the range topping Turbo.

Porsche Cars Australia has the line on pricing, resisting from Germany to add a few percentage Normally we’d be surprised and by that, but given the recent price cuts for 911, Cayman and Boxster, it’s disappointing. PCA argues there’s no pressure on pricing because the is competitive with its rivals as the Mercedes-Benz S-class and BMW 7 Series.

So still starts at $196,700 for the and tops out at $382,400 for the Turbo. The exception in all this is the new plug-in S which dips in price by compared to its predecessor courtesy of a car tax exemption provided by its ultra-low consumption rate. The RRP is still a $296,900.

One reason pricing be held static is no big ticket items are added. So the highlights Bi-xenon headlights, BOSE surround sound, hard sat-nav, a powered sunroof, interior trim and climate A new app that enables car functions to be remotely by mobile phone not be available in Australia.

Arrival of models are staggered reflecting start-ups. The Diesel, S, 4S all-wheel and Turbo officially go on-sale 27. The Panamera follows in September the Panamera 4, while the S E-Hybrid and GTS are due in

Next year a new 200kW (currently 184kW) arrives the awesome Turbo S will be to the top of the range.


Big and small

The S E-Hybrid is the big ticket item trading in its predecessor’s 34kW motor and 1.7kWh nickel-metal battery pack for a 70kW and 9.4kWh lithium-ion battery It also adds plug-in (a first in the luxury class) retaining the Audi-sourced supercharged petrol V6.

The combined power is 306kW, while there is an to run on electrical power for up to 36km just maybe a frag and 135kn/h. Performance is impressive a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.5 (combining petrol and electric), a top of 270km/h and a stunning fuel claim of 3.1L/100km – for a car that in at 2095kg! The old car averaged 7.1L/100km.

The Hybrid offers four E-Power tries to use electrical at all times its sensible, Hybrid is the petrol engine takes after battery depletion and Sport speaks for itself. The is E-Charge, which diverts power to recharge the battery to capacity on the run.

This about two-to-three litres in fuel burn and takes 50 minutes. There is no other we can think of that can do this. The hold charge, rather rebuild it.

The new DOHC direct-injection V6 in the S is recognition of the need for performance downsizing (as BMW, Audi and have already done). It is from the 4.8-litre V8 so it has a 90-degree rather than the 60 degree usual for a V6. This allows the to sit lower and further back in the improving weight balance and of gravity.

The first Porsche vee with variable exhaust cam with the help of dual it pumps out 309kW (+15kW the V8) and 520Nm (+20Nm), accelerates 0-100km in 5.1 secs and averages (the 4S is just slightly and thirstier). The outgoing V8’s were 5.4 secs and 10.5L/100km.

are performance and economy improvement made across the rest of For instance the base model V6 8kW and subtracts 0.9L/100km, while the adds 14kW and drops

The transmissions are seven speed clutch PDK for all bar the diesel and the hybrid, get eight-speed ZF torque converter The PDKs add ‘virtual intermediate (GTS misses out on this which cut revs when up to 80km/h. Other fuel features are extended stop-start and a modes.

Underneath all of this the rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive platform is retained along the fundamental double wishbone and multi-link rear suspension, there has been some tuning of chassis hardware and Base model V6s get conventional while the rest get air springs.

Brakes are 360mm or 390mm discs and six piston monobloc sitting inside 18- or 19-inch wheels.

The Porsche Traction all-wheel drive system, has an electronically controlled multi-plate at its core, is standard fit for 4S, GTS and Turbo.

update does not extend to a exterior redesign – that in two years with the all-new For now there are tweaks including new intakes, side sills and a rear windscreen.


mind the space enjoy the

The Panamera is a massive car, up at 5015mm long, 1931mm and 1418mm high. It rolls on a wheelbase. And yet it only seats people (as a lot of these super-expensive do) and its boot space is a little bit at 445 litres.

It’s a long but narrow space under the opening tailgate.

Inside, the of storage is also limited. are small door pockets fronts flip-out) and a single cup in the centre console. Two rather bottle holders clamber out behind a panel above the (itself quite small) and themselves only semi-effective. the interior is a beautiful pace to

Exquisite quality, flush fitment and high quality metals and leathers abound.

The faces the traditional five instrument dials, although the is replaced by a power meter in the There is also a choice of and supportive seats, all of them

The biggest pain for the driver is out. The rear view is (especially when the wing is the side view is limited by the fat and even looking forward is when cornering by A-pillars outdo the Holden Commodore for and unhelpful placement.

In the back is more than enough leg and space, but you do sit very deep something accentuated by the tombstone seats and upward sweep of the line.


Something is missing

PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S

gets the thumbs down for rear-side airbags optional. Pressure Monitoring is also in the base models despite no tyre.

The airbags that are include front, front-side, and curtain. Stability and traction and an active bonnet system are all as is front and rear park with visual and audible


All big and expensive

The obvious for the Panamera are the Mercedes-Benz S-class, BMW 7 and Audi A8. But you can also throw the XJ and Lexus LS into that

There are two important new additions down the road, with the S-class due in September and the latest Quattroporte from around the time.

We’d argue BMW, Benz and Audi’s ‘coupes’ are also Panamera The latest CLS, 6 Series Coupe and A7 will all be available in standard and M/AMG/RS form Under before long.


Big on everything

The impression the Panamera from the driver’s seat is whether you are in a turbo V6, hybrid, V8 or turbo V8 (and we drove all). And, it is that is a big car that is bloody quick and with precision that no over-sized luxo-barge could to match.

So really, it’s Ms and and their ilk that need apply to take on the Panamera the going gets enjoyable.

But on the hand all Panameras we drove at least some tyre and consistently inconsistent transmission and/or shudder (across PDK and conventional auto). That refinement is still a work in at Porsche.

To be clear, tyre on low profile optional 20s was the most intrusion and more so in the back the front, where exhaust also became audible this is a hatch not a sedan).

Yet the even in the stiffly suspended GTS liveable. In the less aggressively S and hybrid it was almost relaxed and comfortable, with some albeit controlled, float the air springs on undulating and choppy

That said, a standard or a 7 (or especially an LS Lexus) are more and peaceful. If less exciting.

In the of the GTS, much less With the Sport Plus engaged, it was a gripped up, backfiring, shifting animal that mean from the inside and brutal standing roadside it blatted past. Some love it, others will the overwhelming urge of the Turbo. too much is never enough in its direction…

But the S and the S E-Hybrid are really the story and they present a intense if still thoroughly and involving drive experience.

The S main strength is the broadness of its delivery with all 520Nm from 1750-5000rpm. It whooshes up to rapidly, with terrific and no sense of lag or mushiness. Still, driving the GTS it was clear that at least it’s hard to a naturally-aspirated bent eight.

became more apparent in the S as it was drive and running less 19-inch rubber was how less it felt. In the tight mountain of the Bavarian Alps it would its nose, wiggle its rear and adjust and adapt as it was pushed

The Hybrid was a different experience, as the idea was to drive on electricity as as possible. Some took the job seriously and managed to keep the V6 for as long as 39km and record consumption as low as 1.1L/100km at a checkpoint 50km along the route.

normally, however, the hybrid out of E-Power mode and fired up the at 32km and recorded 2.7L/100km at the Still pretty good. By the the full loop was completed and employed E-Charge to get some back into the battery overall consumption had risen to

The most obvious benefit of the is its range. This car can be commuted engaging the petrol engine, if you can charge up at work during the day and at home – a process that take less than hours to complete.

It’s easy to stay in mode when driving in because the graphics in the instrument are informative and the throttle becomes resistant and wooden as the threshold Yet it is not so delicate that the car has to be mothered or slowly. It hangs in traffic well and accelerates briskly.

In the end it was technology that impressed It will be a hit when it transfers Cayenne and eventually Macan – as the asking price will be a lot

And the Panamera overall? Well, certainly improved as all Porsches do through their evolution, but of those flaw criticised it first arrived are still in It won’t be winning over the any time soon.

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PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S
PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S
PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S
PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S
PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S
PORSCHE Panamera – 3.0 S E-Hybrid Tiptronic S

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