2011 Porsche Panamera V6 models now available at dealerships across America

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

New Porsche Panamera Models Debut This Week in Beijing, China

Porsche officially unveils its 300-horsepower V6 Panamera and Panamera 4 on April 23rd at Beijing Motor Show, just 600 miles away and one year after Porsche's historic Panamera S, 4S and Turbo debut in Shanghai in 2009.

The Panamera and Panamera 4 will be available in U.S. Porsche dealerships in June 2010 with MSRPs of $74,400 and $78,900, respectively (excluding destination).

These new entry level Gran Turismos both feature a 3.6-liter V6 with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) developing 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This all-new Porsche engine is built on the same line as the normally aspirated and twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 engines found in the Panamera S, 4S and Turbo.

The Panamera transmits its power to the road via the rear wheels, while the Panamera 4 comes standard with active all-wheel drive. U.S. models will include Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), Porsche's new and revolutionary seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, as standard equipment.

Other standard equipment includes an electric moonroof and power liftgate, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation, Bi-Xenon™ headlights, Bluetooth® telephone connectivity, and the universal audio interface to connect an external audio source such as an iPod or a USB stick with the PCM system.

Like every Porsche, the Panamera and Panamera 4 were developed according to the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy -- more performance on less fuel, increased efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Equipped with the PDK gearbox and the Auto Start Stop function, Porsche expects these new models to be considerably more fuel efficient than their normally aspirated V8 siblings. Official U.S. EPA fuel economy figures will be announced closer to the new models' on-sale date, and like the V8 Panamera models, neither will be subject to a gas-guzzler tax. Both meet the strict EU5 emission standard in Europe and the LEV standard in the United States.

Porsche has always focused on superior efficiency and performance, and in the case of these new Panamera models these long-held tenets are not mutually exclusive. One example of this ideal combination of qualities is consistent lightweight construction with the axles, doors, hood, front fenders and tailgate all made of aluminum. Likewise, the brand new 90-degree angle V6 powerplant built at Porsche's engine plant in Zuffenhausen is approximately 66 lbs. lighter than the Porsche V8 in the Panamera S and 4S. This contributes to the low overall curb weight, which in the case of the Panamera with the PDK transmission is just 3,880 lbs. (1,730 kg).

Like the proven V8 models, both the Panamera and the Panamera 4, as genuine Gran Turismos, combine a sporting character with a high standard of comfort and everyday driving qualities. Steel suspension is standard, and variable dampers and adaptive air suspension with additional air volume on demand are optional. This provides a wide range of suspension qualities and features, with a high level of motoring comfort on the one hand and extremely sporting driving dynamics on the other.

Since its U.S. introduction in October 2009, the Panamera has received numerous awards and recognition. The Panamera Turbo was named Playboy Magazine's 2010 Car of the Year. Others include an Edmunds Inside Line Editors' Most Wanted Award, inclusion in Edmunds.com's Top Recommended Vehicles list, two Car and Driver Editors Choice Awards (Sports Sedans and Luxury Sedans), Bloomberg Car of the Year, the Most Inspired Design award in Ward's Auto Interior of the Year competition, About.com Cars Best New Cars of 2010, and NADAguides.com's Car of the Month for January.

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