Two new Panamera models have started to arrive at nationwide dealerships, according to the North American division of Porsche. The 2011 Panamera and Panamera 4, which will be powered by the fuel efficient 300hp V6 engine, will follow the wheel tracks of the V8-powered Panamera S, Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo models.
The new 3.6-liter, 90-degree V6 engine can push the Panamera to go from zero to 60mph in 6.0 seconds; and with the Sport Chrono Package Plus option, can hit that speed in 5.8 seconds.
Its top track speed is 160mph. Meanwhile, the Panamera 4 can travel from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds; and in 5.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package Plus option. The Panamera 4 can reach a top track speed of 159mph.
When it comes to fuel economy, the Panamera gives 18 mpg city/27 highway while the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 can do 18 mpg city/26 highway. US models are equipped with a PDK seven-speed double-clutch gearbox and the Auto Start Stop function.
None of them have been imposed with a gas-guzzler tax. Both vehicles comply with the EU5 emission standard in Europe and the LEV standard in the US. The Panamera has an MSRP of $74,400 and Panamera 4 is priced at $78,900, excluding destination charges.
Porsche has always been committed to its drive to provide its customers with the most fuel-efficient models possible. The company came up with its most economic models just yet with the 2011 Panamera and Panamera 4.
These two Panameras were notable for their improved fuel-efficiency as well as their significant reduced carbon emissions. All of these were made possible without sacrificing performance, with the 2011 Panamera and Panamera being comparable to its V8 counterparts.
These two vehicles also pass the stringent requirements of the EU5 and LEV emission standards. The two Panameras’ efficient and environmentally-friendly attributes are a result of several design factors.
For instance, Porsche had opted to use lightweight aluminum in several parts of the Panamera and Panamera 4, like the axles, doors and hood. Even the front fenders and rear tailgate are of aluminum construction! In addition, the 2011 Panamera and Panamera 4 are powered by an extremely lightweight V6 powerplant.
Weighing only 66 lbs., the engine represents a small part of the total curb weight of 1,730 kilograms (3,880 lbs) in the 2011 Panamera 4 and Panamera. Extremely lightweight, the Panamera and Panamera 4 cannot be outdone even by their V8 siblings in terms of driving comfort and actual performance.
The standard suspension system is made of steel. Combined with technologies like variable damping and adaptive air suspensions, which are all optional, the two new Porsche cars feature unparalleled driving performance, comfort and responsiveness never before seen in the company’s lineup.