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2020 Porsche Panamera Features Review: Driveline and Chassis

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2020 porsche panamera features review

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features three distinct body styles. The normal Panamera includes a long, tapered rear cargo hatch, while the Sport Turismo includes a more vertical rear hatch like a station wagon. The Executive sticks with the normal Panamera hatch but increases in length between the front and rear axles (commonly called the extended wheelbase) to provide more space to rear-seat passengers.

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features several configuration trim levels, but not in each body design: the base model Panamera, Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo, and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. These versions distinguish themselves with unique engines and features. There’s also a 10 Years Edition which celebrates a decade of Panamera production.

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2020 Porsche Panamera Features

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The Porsche Panamera is a good-looking automobile. The interior is extremely sleek. It includes a central hub that divides the driver’s side from the passenger side. This central hub holds the gear lever in addition to additional well-arranged controls and dials. This layout is simple and sporty, built for luxury and relaxation.

The Panamera is available in three body styles: Hatchback, Executive, and Sport Turismo. The hatchback and longer Executive versions have four seats, while the wagonlike Sport Turismo configuration has five seats. No matter configuration, the Panamera’s front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable, and there is ample head- and legroom, even for taller occupants.

Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Upgrades include heated rear seats, ventilated and massaging front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear sunshades. The Panamera has two full sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

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2020 Panamera Engines

2020 porsche panamera engines

The 2020 Porsche Panamera spoils you with engine choices. The base model is powered with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 producing 330 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. The S versions include a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that increases horsepower to 440hp. The 4 E-Hybrid pairs this engine with an electric motor to produce 457 horsepower.

The GTS models have a twin-turbo 4.0 V8 with 453 horsepower. The Panamera Turbo adds more horsepower from that same 4.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque.

Each engine is paired with Porsche’s terrific eight-speed PDK, which is a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The gear changes are smooth and well-timed. Drivers may also change gears manually via the steering wheel’s shift paddles. The entry-level model version Panamera is outfitted with rear-wheel drive. The other versions are equipped with AWD.

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Porsche Traction Management (PTM)

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All 2020 Porsche Panamera versions are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). This active AWD features a digital and map-controlled multi-plate clutch that provides the optimum distribution of drive force whatever the driving scenario — for exceptional acceleration capability on long straights, through tight corners, and road surfaces with varying traction.

The multi-plate clutch modulates the supply of power between the rear axle and front axle. Driving conditions are continuously monitored, allowing the system to respond to a number of situations. Sensors check, among other factors, the rotation rates of all four wheels and tires, the longitudinal and lateral acceleration of the car, and the steering wheel angle. If the rear wheels and tires threaten to spin under acceleration, a larger percentage of drive force is distributed to the front with a powerful engagement of this multi-plate clutch.

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2020 porsche panamera chassis features

The chassis of the 2020 Porsche Panamera performs this balancing act between sport and comfort effortlessly — and in the most masterful way possible: with further-developed, optional chassis technologies. Examples include the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology boasting a 60 percent greater air capacity than that of the predecessor, recent Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), and rear-axle steering.

What is new is the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system, which centrally analyses the driving situation in all three spatial dimensions, e.g. pitch, roll, and yaw computes optimum driving conditions from such data and synchronizes all chassis systems in real-time: the fourth dimension. The purpose is to maximize overall performance and also to make the middle ground between sporty driving and relaxation as expansive as possible.

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Rear-Axle Steering

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Available for all 2020 Porsche Panamera’s for the first time: optional rear-axle steering. It improves real-world performance and everyday driveability in proportionate measure.

During low-speed movement, the system steers the rear wheels and tires in the reverse direction to that of the front wheels and tires. This has the basic effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is shortened, sharpness is raised and parking gets considerably easier to handle.

During high-speed movement, the system steers the rear wheels and tires in exactly the exact same way as that of the front wheels and tires. This fundamental extension of the wheelbase improves driving steadiness.

Rear-axle steering makes it very clear that there isn’t any contradiction between stableness and sharpness or functionality and everyday driveability. The consequence: higher maneuverability and driving security in regular use — and a substantial increase in maximum driving performance.

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Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

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PASM is a computerized damping control system. It actively and constantly adjusts the damping force on each wheel, based on current road conditions and driving style. The result is to cut down vehicle body motion and thereby increase comfort for all passengers.

Three modes are accessible: Normal, SPORT, and SPORT PLUS. Sensors record the body movements as they happen amid strong acceleration, braking, speedy cornering, or on uneven road surfaces. From these data, the management unit of the Porsche 4D Chassis Control system determines the impact on the driving state of the automobile and changes the damping force on each of the wheels and tires in line with the chosen mode. The outcome is tangible: improved driving steadiness, enhanced comfort, and improved performance.

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Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus

pdcc including ptv plus

New Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) is an active roll stabilization system with an ultra sporty installation. It arouses the lateral inclination of the body induced by cornering from the very beginning and acts to contain it. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport also lowers the lateral instability of the vehicle on uneven ground.

In conjunction with PDCC Sport, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus boosts driving dynamics and balance. As a function of steering angle and steering rate, accelerator pedal position, yaw rate, and vehicle speed, it increases steering response and precision by tactical braking of the left or right rear wheel. At high speeds and when accelerating out of corners, the electronically controlled rear differential lock with fully variable torque distribution also functions to provide higher driving balance and traction.

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Wheels and SPORT Mode

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The 2020 Porsche Panamera features wider wheels and an increased contact surface — for better performance under braking and acceleration. As of this writing, optional sizes up to 21 inches are usable from a range of wheel designs, assuring you of a grand look. The Panamera versions are equipped as standard with 19-inch wheels and tires, the Panamera Turbo 20-inch wheels and tires. A selection of additional 19-, 20- and 21-inch wheels and tires are available.

SPORT mode

With SPORT mode, you can swap from a comfort-oriented tuning into a sporty setup. The computerized engine management system demands a sharper response. Engine dynamics become more direct. In SPORT mode, PDK upshifts quicker and downshifts earlier. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) and rear-axle steering also change to SPORT mode, providing harder damping and more direct turn-in — and much-increased dexterity through corners.

Sport Chrono Package including mode switch

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The Sport Chrono Package provides an even sportier tuning of the Porsche Panamera chassis, engine, and transmission. The package contains a digital and analog stopwatch, a visual in the instrument cluster showing longitudinal and lateral acceleration, and a performance screen for examining lap times in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM).

What is brand-new is the SPORT Response button on the steering wheel, derived from the 918 Spyder. Four driving modes are available: Normal, SPORT, SPORT PLUS, and Individual — for a much more lively driving character.

In SPORT mode, the 2020 Porsche Panamera features enhanced dynamics and much more direct handling. In SPORT PLUS, the motor gets even more responsive. The rev-limiter is corrected to a more challenging setting. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) are retuned for stiffer damping and more direct turn-in. The adaptive air suspension falls into a very low-Level setting and tightens the spring rate. Another feature included in the package is Launch Control — for optimal acceleration from a standing start.

The stopwatch mounted on the dashboard screen logs driving time or may be utilized as a traditional clock. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is updated to include a performance screen, allowing you to view, save, and evaluate laps or other driving times.

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SPORT Response

Pressing the button at the middle of the mode switch primes the motor and transmission for the speediest possible unleashing of performance and ability (e.g. for overtaking). To put it differently, the most responsiveness — for a period of about 20 seconds.

PSM Sport

Together with the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is supplemented with a ‘Sport’ mode. It helps a more sporty driving style, with PSM staying busy in the background. For a further improvement to your driving experience.

Final Thoughts

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features a diverse lineup, with three body styles and seven spec levels to pick from. Prices are all over the board, with a top-level Turbo S E-Hybrid costing twice as much as an entry-level model Panamera. Performance between these versions understandably boosts with the cost too. Whichever model you’ve got an eye on, rest assured that you will be getting one of the best luxury sedans with the type of sporty performance that justifies the Porsche badge.

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