Porsche held its first-ever Asia Pacific regional media drive of the new Panamera at Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake. “Panamera: Two Trails” is designed to highlight how performance and luxury are reconciled more than ever before in the second-generation Gran Turismo. More than 80 media participants went behind the wheel of the Panamera, Panamera 4, and 4S, to experience the sports car among luxury saloons. A Panamera Turbo was also on display at the base venue.
The drive was split into two trails with its own distinct character and routes – the Performance Trail and the Luxury Trail. Under the guidance of Porsche certified instructors, drivers tested the mettle of the cars on the Performance Trail. Winding, mountainous roads, and high-speed expressways in sight in Nantou County. For the Luxury Trail, the Panameras cruised the vicinity of scenic Sun Moon Lake. After a sunset picnic, participants experienced a live demonstration of the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) Plus and Night Vision Assist as they navigated roads confidently in a near pitch-black night environment.
“For this Panamera drive, we wanted to give our participants as much exposure as possible to different sides of Panamera. We created the two routes to differ in pace and mood while allowing the drivers to immerse themselves in the new car. On the drive, they got to experience some of the new highlights. Best-in-class performance and comfort through our new V6 and V8 engines and eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK).
Redeveloped, rethought and realigned. The second generation Panamera combines two contrasting worlds more than ever before. Both the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury sedan. Systematically improved down to the very last detail, this new model is advancing to become a performance icon in the luxury class. Its engines and transmissions have been developed from the ground up. Its chassis perfected, and its interior redesigned for the future.
Visually, the design of the all-new Panamera is a reflection of the unique 911. The exterior silhouette is more expressive than ever with long, dynamic proportions, pronounced shoulder lines, and athletic flanks, as well as a roofline that is lowered by 20 mm at the rear, which is stylistically reminiscent of the 911, the design icon of Porsche.
Although not typical of sports cars, an abundance of luxurious space and comfort has become a staple in the range. The interior of the Panamera has been completely restyled while still retaining the Porsche DNA. An ascending centre console and a flat and conspicuously wide dashboard. A future-oriented display and new control concept called the Porsche Advanced Cockpit brings direct access to the most important functions.
A family of new V6 and V8 turbo engines created for the Panamera for a unique blend of efficiency and extraordinary performance. All engines in the range feature more power, but not at the expense of economy and emissions. Together with an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK II), the engines’ power delivery is increased for a more rapid response, and driving performance and pleasure are intensified.
Text first published in: Newsroom – The Media Portal by Porsche