MEXICO CITY, MEXICO/CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA-Yes, we go to conflicting semi-hemispheres to move we a Automotive Truth …
The Porsche Panamera sedan has been a decent strike for Porsche, if for no other reason than that it is a rather some-more savoury approach for a association to bend into multi-passenger vehicles than SUVs.
No, wait; trucks are a company’s bestsellers.
So many for tradition; we theory they’re in business to make income …
The Panamera is about as all-new as it gets for 2017 — a badge, a name and a judgment are all that sojourn from a original, launched in 2009.
The Panamera also comes to Canada in no fewer than 15 opposite flavours to fit a far-reaching operation of consumer demands.
(Sadly, we don’t get a best one, a Diesel. But that’s your fault, Canadian Porsche customers; if you’d buy it, they’d sell it …).
Prices start during $97,300.
Common to all is a new body, that during initial peek doesn’t demeanour all that many opposite from a old. Closer hearing reveals a lighter (and much-welcomed) reason throughout. The new automobile is somewhat longer (by 34 millimetres), many of that goes into a longer wheelbase for somewhat some-more interior room, quite in a behind seat.
Despite a additional size, a automobile weighs about a same as before, interjection to several weight-saving techniques, quite a increasing use of aluminum in a body.
Most of a changes are positive, solely for a teenager controls. we admit, a former Panamera, like all stream Porsches, had a vast array of buttons and controls to work several interior and opening facilities that could be intimidating during first. But a new Panamera Porsche has transposed a array of buttons with an array of reason switches, many of that are simply spots on that centre console. Now, we have no thought if we have switched something on or have usually complacent your palm on some apportionment of a centre console. There’s usually no forgive for this arrange of nonsense. We can usually wish that vast fussy by owners will force Porsche to see a light.
Then there is Porsche’s defroster system. You wish it on? You get it on. Full blast. No choice. C’mon guys, infrequently we usually wish a light zephyr on a windshield!
The now-mandatory touchscreen occupies pride-of-place in a centre of a dash. As we always say, if we reason your personal touchscreen (your cellphone) adult so we can see it while we drive, that’s a $400 fine. Lean over to glance during a touchscreen bolted to a centre of your dash, and that’s usually “fine” … a pox on all their houses.
Otherwise, a Panamera stays a comfortable, well-appointed automobile that will prerogative a motorist with a opening and a passengers with a ambience.
Panamera is accessible with an ever-wider operation of powertrains, embracing rear- and full-time four-wheel drive. All engines are forced induction, with turbo 3.0-litre V6, twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6, twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and that 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 with a hybrid component.
(A 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 hybrid indication has subsequently been introduced — can’t wait to try that one …).
So, where to start?
We gathering a turbo V6 and V8 variants in Mexico, following a track that enclosed city and highway roads, and a theatre of a Carrera Panamericana, once a flat-out highway race, now a convene that follows some of a track of a strange competition. More on that in a concomitant story.
The hybrid variants and a new-for-2016 extended wheelbase indication dubbed ‘Executive,’ accessible with a full operation of energy plants, solely a rear-drive option, were tested in South Africa, hence a surprising twin dateline on this story.
Panamera has always been about perplexing to move a pushing opening of a Porsche into a full-size sedan market. It accomplishes this attainment with varying degrees of success with a new models.
Only a new manual-automatic 8-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkublang, a.k.a. Porsche double-clutch) delivery is offering on any Panamera. This complement as always represents a bit of an anomaly. Flat-out in involuntary mode, a automobile achieves a improved 0-to-whatever series than we can substantially grasp if we change for yourself.
But if you’re usually production along and all of a remarkable confirm we wish to go a whole lot faster, we stomp on a shrill pedal and a delivery seems to take a possess honeyed time reacting. There’s a graphic loiter in a transmission’s response. Under these conditions, a primer downshift will substantially trim a integrate tenths off your time.
Either way, a twin-turbo V6 is more-than-adequately quick; a twin-turbo V8 is officious fast.
But here is where a hybrid model unequivocally shines. Yes, me praising a hybrid! Peak electric torque is accessible during 0 r.p.m., and a automobile reacts many some-more quick to final for larger pace.
Depending on how quick we devise to go, a hybrid is a some-more responsive, quicker car. Get above, say, 120 km/h, and a V8-turbo-engined appurtenance will start to travel away.
But for many pushing in a country, a hybrid will subjectively during slightest feel to be a quicker car, so Porsche appears to have been initial (at slightest among a first) to use hybrid technology, not for fuel economy reasons, though as a opening enhancer.
OK, a hybrid gets divided with a V6 engine, that does save fuel. But we are spending 6 vast for this car; is saving a sire or dual a week on fuel unequivocally on tip of your priority list?
The hybrid will also go adult to 50 km though banishment adult a engine underneath ideal conditions, presumption we went to a difficulty of plugging it in overnight. Really? You paid this many for a automobile and you’re disturbed about a few bucks value of gasoline?
No; a finish outcome is with a hybrid, we get a some-more responsive, quicker-in-the-real-world vehicle.
The Executive indication we tested in South Africa also had a hybrid powertrain, although, we consider we would be even reduction expected to block this automobile in; after all, you’re an Executive!
It’s also a bit surprising to suppose a Porsche owners who would rather usually lay in a back, writing coupons instead of pushing him- or herself. Geez; there’s lots of cars we can do that in; because buy a Porsche if you’re going to let someone else expostulate it?
Then again, who would wish a Porsche truck?
I theory Porsche knows their business improved than we do …
2017 Porsche Panamera
BODY STYLE: Four-door four-passenger sedan. Rear / full-time 4 circle drive.
PRICE: base, rear-wheel expostulate V6 turbo — $97,300; base, four-wheel expostulate V6 turbo — $102,500; Executive four-wheel expostulate V6 turbo — $110,200; E-hybrid four-wheel expostulate — $113,400; Executive E-hybrid four-wheel expostulate — $118,600; turbo V8 — $167,700; turbo Executive four-wheel expostulate — $182,700.
ENGINE: bottom — 3.0-litre V6, double beyond camshafts, non-static valve timing, singular turbocharger; turbo S — 2.9-litre V6, double beyond camshafts, non-static valve timing, twin turbochargers; E-hybrid — 2.9-litre V6, double beyond camshafts, non-static valve timing, twin turbochargers, hybrid electric drive; V8 turbo — 4.0-litre V8, double beyond camshafts, non-static valve timing, twin turbochargers.
POWER/TORQUE, horsepower / lb.-ft.: 3.0 litre V6 turbo — 330 @ 5,400 — 6,400 r.p.m. / 331 @ 1,340 — 4,900 r.p.m.; 2.9 litre V6 twin-turbo — 440 @ 5,650 — 6,600 r.p.m. / 405 @ 1,750 — 5,500 r.p.m.; 2.9 litre V6 twin-turbo hybrid — 462 @ 6,000 r.p.m. / 516 @ 1,100 — 4,500 r.p.m.; 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbo — 550 @ 5,750 — 6,000 r.p.m. / 567 @ 1,960 — 4,500 r.p.m.
FUEL CONSUMPTION, Transport Canada City/Highway, l/100 km: 3.0-litre V6 turbo — TBA; 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo — 11.4 / 8.5; 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo hybrid — TBA; 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo — 12.9 / 9.2. Premium unleaded fuel.
COMPETITION: For a loyal Porschephile, there is no loyal foe …
A ambience of a famed Carrera Panamericana highway rally
The 1950s were a golden age for highway races. we mean, genuine races on genuine roads.
A integrate of vital crashes, some involving spectators, put an finish to that.
But a few of those events have developed into rallies, conducted during speeds, that if not utterly legal, are during slightest restricted. One such is a Carrera Panamericana.
Originally a flat-out highway race, it has developed into a highway rally, not distinct a possess Targa Newfoundland.
Upwards of 100 cars run a scarcely 3,000-kilometre stretch over 7 days, that has been run on several courses given 1988,
A Studebaker has won 22 out of 29 of those years. A Studebaker? Yes.
We got a ambience of what a eventuality is like during a revisit to Mexico to exam a new Porsche Panamera.
One stage, 9.42-km long, was sealed off for a use. Mexican military versed with appurtenance guns (!) enforced a closure. Now, that’s my kind of policing …
We were to run dual to a car, one to drive, a other to navigate. we was teamed with Brian Harper of a National Post, a quite agreeable pairing given we have famous any other for many of a particular careers, and knew that conjunction of us had any enterprise for a beforehand finish to pronounced career.
We were given minute instructions as to where a highway went, and a set time that we were to take to finish a stage. We were to run a track twice, changing drivers after any run.
But distinct a genuine rally, that would need us to run as tighten to a spook time as possible, we were to be scored on how tighten a dual runs were to any other. In other words, we both could be slower than a self-evident molasses, as prolonged as we were equally slow.
Still, a rival fires burned. we was to be timed first, and we wanted to be as tighten to a spook time as possible. Nailed it — within a integrate tenths.
We returned to a start line; Brian’s turn. Brian is an glorious motorist though hasn’t had that many foe experience. Still, he nailed a spook time, too. Another integrate tenths, tops.
How could anyone have beaten us? They contend we came second.
Hey, it was a fun competition. There were no losers here. We all got to run a leg of a famed Carrera Panamericana. I’d still like to have another demeanour during those scores …