Porsche Panamera will see a convertible version when the second-generation will be introduced

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 22, 2011

According to the latest media reports, it appears that Porsche still has plans for a convertible version of the Panamera but this new car will come only when the second-generation will be introduced. This means that you should wait for the new car only after 2015, the year when the second-generation Porsche Panamera will make its debut on the market.

But, there is a reason for delaying the Panamera Convertible based on the current generation: the German manufacturer needs to satisfy the demand for the current model in order to focus on other variations of its popular sedan. As you may know already, Porsche announced that thank to the new Cayenne and the Panamera, its sales are more than triple now.

Honestly to tell you, that’s a damn good reason to delay the Panamera Convertible. And, to keep things interesting, we do admit that we’d love to see a Panamera S Hybrid Convertible – an all-in-one vehicle: a Porsche, a convertible and a hybrid.

For those who don’t know, the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid was recently unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and it is the latest addition in the Porsche lineup.

The car is powered by a V6 engine delivering 333 hp (245 kW) and by a 47 hp (34 kW) electric motor. This means a total output of 380 hp (279 kW). The car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed at 270 km/h (168 mph). The fuel consumption is also impressive: 6.8 l/100 km (41.54 mpg imp.) based on the NEDC and CO2 emissions of just 159 g/km.

The Porsche Panamera takes pride in its five technological innovations included for the very first time in a production model in the luxury car division. In detail, the Porsche's Gran Turismo is launching the first dual-clutch gearbox in this market sector. It will be the first to get start-stop system along with automatic transmission, the first adaptive air suspension that comes with on-demand added volume in every spring, dynamic aerodynamics given by a rear spoiler for the first time, automatically moving up and adjusting in air flow angle. In addition, it features the Sport Chrono Package that works at the press of a button to give a more sporting and dynamic set-up to the engine, suspension and transmission, among other components. In cooperation with PDK, Launch Control guarantees the fastest imaginable acceleration from a stop.

The different models in the Porsche Panamera range set a whole new standard in the luxury car division when it comes to efficiency. Each model has a lightweight body, low-friction drive system and Direct Fuel Injection. Even the Porsche Panamera Turbo, which belongs to the top of its division, weighs below 2,000 kilos equivalent to 4,410 lb (DIN norm), even considering the variety of standard features added from the beginning.

To further decrease fuel consumption as well as CO2 emissions, each version of the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe-included Panamera is incorporated with the new Auto Start-Stop function that automatically switches off the engine whenever the car comes to a stop. This feature is useful when the car is stuck in a traffic jam and when having to stop at the traffic lights, wherein the driver presses on the brake pedal then automatically starts the engine once more, the moment the pedal is released. This leads to a considerable reduction in fuel consumption, most especially in city traffic.

Various Suspension Set-ups: Fusion of Superb Comfort and Sporting Performance

The Porsche Panamera delivers a unique blend of sporting performance and comfort that are at a superior level compared to other cars in its class. Aside from the standard steel suspension, the Panamera S and 4S come as an option together with the brand’s latest adaptive air suspension, offering more volume on every spring - an innovative system that naturally comes standard on the Panamera Turbo. These two suspension systems go together with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management to vary damper forces.

An adaptive air suspension gives a wider variety of suspension features with more enhanced driving comfort on one hand and more sporting driving dynamics on the other.

The Porsche Panamera comes with an option to be built-in with PDCC Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control to actively compensate body roll during bends and simultaneously improve the smoothness and performance of the car while driving along bumpy roads.

PDCC guarantees the ultimate in agility at any speed accompanied by optimal steering behavior plus smooth balance during load change. Together with the electronically controlled rear axle differential that gives more traction and improved agility, PDCC delivers a higher standard of both driving dynamics and motoring comfort.

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