All power units featured in the Panamera are modern V-engines with either six or eight cylinders covering a power range from 300 to 500 bhp and featuring Direct Fuel Injection. The Panamera is making its debut with a V8 normal-aspiration power unit and a V8 featuring bi-turbocharger technology.
Depending on the model, power is transmitted by a six-speed manual gearbox or Porsche's new seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) (Double-Clutch Gearbox) available as an option on all models within the range not fitted with PDK as standard from the start. As an option the Panamera Gran Turismo will be available with Porsche's Sports Chrono Package giving the car more sporting and dynamic engine and gearshift characteristics.
The V6 and V8 normal-aspiration versions of the Panamera come as standard with rear-wheel drive. The top model in the range with its turbocharged power unit, in turn, features PTM (Porsche Traction Management) with extra-light, active all-wheel drive. PTM is also available on the other models.
In addition to the regular steel suspension featuring variable dampers for a sporting but comfortable driving experience, the Panamera is also available as an option with brand-new, adaptive air suspension offering additional air volume. In the Sport Plus Mode the air suspension lowers the entire car further down to the road, giving the Panamera a higher standard of aerodynamic efficiency and improving its centre of gravity, enhancing driving safety and reducing fuel consumption. As an option the Panamera is furthermore available with PDCC Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control actively compensating body roll in bends and at the same time improving the car's response and smoothness on bumpy roads when driving in a straight line.
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