Report: Porsche working on a long wheelbase (LWB) version of the Panamera

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 14, 2011

It appears that Porsche wants to expand the Panamera range with a new model! According to media reports, Porsche is working on a long wheelbase version of the Panamera in order to satisfy demand for greater rear seat legroom for markets such as China and North America.

Insiders confirmed the fact that the Panamera LWB will be extended by almost 120 mm, which means that the car will have a total length of 3040 mm, according to an Autocar report.

Still, the new car will be shorter than the long wheelbase version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class which has a total length of 3165 mm, but we have to admit that both cars have a different design which means that the interior space will be almost the same.

Set to go on sale in 2012, the new Panamera LWB will also come with a new design as the German manufacturer is planning to refresh its first four-door sedan with a facelift.

Until the Panamera LWB will make its debut, Porsche is planning to roll out the Panamera Diesel as well as the Panamera S Hybrid, its second hybrid vehicle after the Cayenne S Hybrid.

Porsche Panamera takes pride in five technological innovations that was first introduced in a luxury performance class production model.

To be more specific, Porsche's Gran Turismo is presenting the first dual-clutch gearbox in this division, the first adaptive air suspension that includes on-demand extra volume in every spring, the initial start-stop system in combination with automatic transmission, active aerodynamics delivered for the very first time by a rear spoiler automatically moving up and adjusting in its airflow angle as well as the first Sport Chrono Package serving at a press of a button to provide the engine, transmission and suspension in cooperation with other components, which is a more dynamic and sporting arrangement.

In cooperation with PDK, Launch Control guarantees the fastest possible acceleration from a stop. The different models belonging to the Porsche Panamera range has also set a new standard in the performance division with regard to efficiency.

Every model comes with a lightweight body, low-friction drive system and Direct Fuel Injection. In fact, the top of its class, the Porsche Panamera Turbo, weighs lighter than 2,000 kilos or 4,410 pounds (DIN norm) in spite of its vast assortment of standard features incorporated from the beginning.

Boasting of reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, all versions of the Panamera integrated with Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe include the new Auto Start-Stop function that automatically switches off the engine once the car comes to a stop like for instance in a traffic jam or at a red traffic light, with the driver stepping on the brake pedal, then automatically starts the engine the moment the driver releases the brake. The outcome, especially in city traffic, is a further drop in fuel consumption.

Various Suspension Arrangements: Fusion of Sporting Performance and Greater Comfort The Porsche Panamera presents a unique blend of sporting performance and superb comfort more than other cars in its class.

In addition to the regular steel suspension, the Panamera S and 4S come with Porsche's new, adaptive air suspension as an option. This supplies more air volume on each spring, a state-of-the-art system, which is standard on the Panamera Turbo.

Both suspension systems come together with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management for the variety of damper forces. Adaptive air suspension delivers an even wider variety of suspension features by means of further improving driving comfort as well as adding more sporting driving dynamics.

It is optional for the Porsche Panamera to be integrated with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control or PDCC, effectively compensating body roll during bends as well as simultaneously improving the smoothness and performance of the car when driving along rough roads. PDCC guarantees ultimate agility at every speed, accompanied by the best possible steering performance and smooth balance during load change.

Together with the electronically controlled rear axle differential meant for greater traction and improved agility, PDCC therefore offers a higher standard of driving dynamics as well as motoring comfort.

The Porsche's Gran Turismo, continuously developed as a genuine 4-seater, also provides occupants with new advantages and amenities with regards to the design of its interior and superb comfort modified to fit the driver and passengers.

Even with its obviously low, smooth and extended profile, the Porsche Panamera with a length of 4.97 meters or 195.7 inches and height of 1.42 meters or 55.9 inches, offers a spacious feeling on all of its four seats.

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