Changes in exterior and interior aesthetics
At first glance, Panamera hasn't changed much in this facelift. Because the appearance of the Panamera has grown frightening since the second generation launched in 2017. But on closer inspection, the front view is made sharper and gives a sporty impression that is fiercer than its predecessor.
The entire Panamera lineup now gets the optional Sport Design front fascia from Porsche, featuring a larger grille, increased side air ventilation capacity, as well as a revised headlamp design that is made even more attractive. Turning to the rear, the Panamera is equipped with LED taillights with the integrated Porsche letters in the center.
Some of the differences between each variant are the larger side vents on the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. The more practical Panamera GTS gets dark rear lights to add a sporty impression to this car.
The inside of the Panamera has a pretty lively interior, but it's arguably neat with a material that's certainly impressive from the premium Porsche model. The sophisticated floating infotainment screen on the dashboard is paired with a multifunctional steering wheel complete with the convenience of selecting the driving mode setting in the center of the steering wheel on the right side.
Cabin space is still comfortable for passengers with a luxurious impression. Although the rear seats seem ordinary, with ample leg room, the front seats offer a variety of comfort for the driver. Feels roomy, even for drivers of above average height.
The list of options on offer is also very diverse, from massage chairs, ventilated chairs, four-zone automatic climate control, to fire extinguishers. Meanwhile, in the back there is quite good storage space, with cargo space reaching 509 liters.
Added new features
This facelift provides various advanced features to improve driving comfort. All models are equipped with Apple CarPlay wireless functionality, making it easy to connect the smartphone to the car infotainment system. Included with voice control and other standard features.
Panamera also gets a variety of advanced safety features, ranging from airbags in the cabin, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Assist, LED matrix headlights, Park Assist with 360 degree views, and a night vision camera which is very helpful when driving at night.
Another impressive feature of this car is the presence of the InnoDrive system. This Porsche feature uses a navigation system in conjunction with various radar sensors, so that the car can run automatically for more than 3 kilometers.
A wide selection of machines
The rear-wheel drive Porsche Panamera is powered by a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 engine capable of producing a maximum power of 330 PS at 5,400–6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 450 Nm at 1,800–5,000 rpm.
The Panamera GTS gets a larger 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine, producing 480 PS at 6,500 rpm and 620 Nm of maximum torque at 1,800-4,000 rpm. The Panamera Turbo S is powered by a 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine with an output of 630 PS at 5,750–6,000 rpm and 820 Nm of torque at 1,960–4,500 rpm. The Turbo S with a top speed of 315 km / h holds the Nurburgring record as the fastest executive car.
And most recently there is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, being the most powerful variant in its lineup. Equipped with a 136 PS electric motor in addition to a 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine producing an overall output of 700 PS at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 870 Nm at 1,400–5,500 rpm. Making it capable of traveling 59 kilometers using electric power.
Apart from the improvements in the engine technology used, Porsche also revised the suspension system by enhancing the adaptive shock absorbers. Panamera also gets a better torque vector system from the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) as well as the updated Active Roll Stabilization system.
The chassis and control system are reset for a balance between ride agility and comfort on all the latest models. The driving feeling that is fun to drive is also assisted by rear axle steering with Power Steering Plus and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system.
In Europe, there are 7 variants of the Porsche Panamera as well as two configurations, a standard and a more complete version of the Sport Turismo. The price of the Porsche Panamera 4 as an entry-level variant starts at £ 72,890 (IDR 1.4 billion) for the standard version and £ 72,890 (IDR 1.5 billion) for the Sport Turismo version.
Meanwhile, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid as the highest variant is marketed with prices starting from £ 140,130 (IDR 2.8 billion) and £ 140,280 (IDR 2.85 billion) for the Sport Turismo version. Currently, it is not clear when Porsche Indonesia will bring this car to Indonesia. It is interesting to see how much the Porsche Panamera will cost when it enters Indonesia later.
In addition to the presence of a new hybrid version, Porsche also offers an Executive version with a longer wheelbase and a more powerful Sport Turismo. As one of the premium speed-oriented car manufacturers, the facelift of the Porsche Panamera offers a new design with improvements to the engine and driving technology. Provides a more enjoyable ride behind the wheel.