And massive changes to the suspension.
Porsche is busy putting the final finishing touches on what will be the heavily revised 2024 Panamera, and it shared a few choice details before the model debuts on 24 November.
The final test drives are taking place in Barcelona, Spain, and the main focus is on the powertrains, a new PDK transmission, and a newly developed chassis with active damper control. This follows a series of hectic testing procedures on four continents: North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. But the big news is in the powertrain department. The updated Panamera has four E-Hybrid variants as part of a completely updated engine range.
"After already offering three E-Hybrids for the second Panamera generation, we will be adding a fourth plug-in hybrid in the new Panamera," said Dr Thomas Friemuth, head of the Panamera product line. "This is our response to the enormous demand from our customers. In some countries, the proportion of E-Hybrids in the Panamera is almost 100%."
Porsche didn't go into too much detail about the updated and plug-in hybrid powertrains, but they'll likely match the engines fitted to the revised Cayenne, which debuted earlier this year.
At the core of all these E-Hybrid models is a new electric motor that is completely incorporated into the transmission housing of the new dual-clutch transmission. It's unclear if this is the only reason Porsche considers its PDK transmission to be all-new, but it makes sense.
According to Porsche, the new electric motor is lighter and is better at energy recuperation. This motor is powered by a much larger battery than before. The 25.9-kilowatt-hour battery should provide a significantly increased all-electric driving range, and thanks to an onboard 11 kW charger, filling it up will be much faster.
Porsche also says that it has made "fundamental" changes to its combustion engines, leading to increased efficiency and performance. All of the Panamera's drivetrains already conform to future emission standards, likely referring to the strict Euro 7 laws that have caused outrage in Europe.
"I'm delighted with the progress we have made with electrification. The integration and combination of two drive systems in the Panamera work absolutely seamlessly and harmoniously," said Arno Bogl, project manager for the Panamera's drivetrains. "With the new drivetrains, the car radiates tremendous ease and reliability when accelerating."
In the Cayenne, the power outputs range from 463 horsepower to 729 hp in the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid. If the latter engine makes it into Porsche's low-slung four-door, it will be the most powerful Panamera ever made. The next-generation hybridized BMW M5 will have to watch its back.
Porsche also made some substantial changes to the suspension. The Panamera will have an optional high-end chassis with active damper control. The standard setup is a semi-active chassis with two-valve shock absorbers. These new units can regulate the compression and rebound stages independently, giving Porsche a lot more room to play with when setting up the various trims and their drive modes. The Panamera has always been a glorious car to drive, and Porsche seems intent on moving that goalpost even further.
"With the active chassis, we are setting new standards. We could feel this on every meter of our test drives - very comfortable on the cobblestones in Barcelona harbor and highly dynamic and agile on the winding country roads outside the city. An incomparably wide range," said Dr. Friemuth.
We hope all of the above leads to the first-ever Panamera Turbo GT. We've already seen the Cayenne receive this treatment, and it's a stellar package and the perfect vehicle for a one-car garage. Now imagine all of that with a lower center of gravity and less weight...