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[Car Story] Porsche Panamera is 10 years old and the highlights are remarkable


10 years ago, Porsche officially participated in the luxury sports sedan segment, also known as the four-door coupe segment with the Panamera. At that time, many people doubted the success of the Panamera but in fact proved the opposite when the Panamera became a very successful Porsche model with more than 235,000 cars sold up to date. Up to now, the Panamera is 10 years old and let's review some of the highlights of this car. First, please check out the infographic below about the Panamera.




On April 19, 2009, Porsche launched the first generation Panamera at the 94th floor of the World Finance Center tower in Shanghai, China. After its launch, Porsche expanded its product range with petrol, oil and hybrid gasoline versions as well as RWD and four-wheel drive AWD variants. Some versions are also configured with 6-speed manual gearbox next to the more common type of 7-speed PDK dual-clutch auto.



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Upgrade facelift 2013.

In 2013, Porsche introduced an upgrade between the Panamera life cycle with some modifications to its looks and technological features. Starting from this version, the Panamera offers three outstanding highlights that include the plug-in hybrid hybrid version, an additional Executive long wheelbase version and the removal of the manual gearbox option.

The S E-Hybrid, a plug-in electric hybrid hybrid version, uses a 316 horsepower V6 petrol engine combined with a 94 hp electric motor for a total capacity of 410 horsepower. Porsche said that the new electric motor is not only stronger than the previous one, but the battery is also more efficient because it only needs about two and a half hours to fully charge the 240V AC power charger standard. Users can also control the charging process through an application on Android or iOS devices.



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Panamera S E-Hybrid 2013.

Along with the addition of the S E-Hybrid, Porsche has removed the 4.8-liter V8 on the Panamera S and the early 4S and replaced it with the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with a maximum power of 414 hp and Maximum torque of 520 Nm. 20 horsepower and 20 Nm more than the previous V8.

However, in terms of power, the new 2nd generation Panamera is truly undeniable with the 2018 Turbo S E-Hybrid – the version is considered to be the pinnacle of Porsche in the combination of gasoline engine and electric motor. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is equipped with a dual-turbocharged V8 4.0 petrol engine and an electric motor to produce a total output of 670 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque – superior to supercars like Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari 488 GTB.



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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 2018. Photo: Motor1.

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid requires only 3.4 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km / h and has a top speed of 310 km / h. For a comparison of acceleration, the high-performance 911 GT3 RS supercar is only 0.1 seconds more than the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid when it hits 100 km / h. In the US market, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 2018 has a starting price of $ 184,400.



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2nd generation Panamera.

The second generation Panamera was introduced by Porsche in June 2016 with innovative designs, interiors and rich engine options. Compared to the first generation, the 2nd generation Panamera has an overall length of 34 mm (5,049 mm), 6 mm (1,937 mm) wider and 5 mm higher (1,423 mm). The wheelbase also increased by 30 mm, reaching 2,950 mm.



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The interior compartment of the 2nd generation Panamera is refreshed by the touch control system, eliminating the hard buttons. Some highlights include a 12 "touch center screen, an optional entertainment screen for rear passengers connected to the Porsche Communication Management system. Rear seat control system can adjust heating seats, Massage 5 modes, 4-zone air-conditioning system for 4 people, The new Panamera steering wheel also integrates a steering wheel knob like the new 911.



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In March 2017, Porsche continued to launch a new variant for Panamera called Sport Turismo. This version is impressive because the roof roof extends farther behind, bearing the appearance of a two-seater GT sports car. This is also the first time a Panamera can sit 5 people instead of 4 as before. Besides, the luggage compartment capacity is significantly improved with 520 liters when seated for 5 people and 1,390 liters when folding the rear seats.



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Panamera 4 Executive version with extended wheelbase starts at nearly 5.7 billion in Vietnam.

Along with Macan and Cayenne, Panamera is currently the main Porsche card worldwide with a total of 235,400 vehicles sold by the first quarter of 2019. Europe has the largest market share with 30%, equivalent to 70,800 vehicles, followed by China with 29%, equivalent to 69,000 vehicles, ranking third in North America with 28%, or 65,000 cars.



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