Published on June 22nd, 2010 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Porsche Panamera With New 3.6 V6 Engine Tested
This new sedan is not a vehicle you are ever going to buy for rational purposes (especially in Malaysia). You are going to buy it because you love the way it looks and the attention it gets from all curbside spectators. You will buy it because you know that you will be able to chase down many super cars on the open highway. You will buy it because you love the look of it hunkered down over big sassy wheels. You will buy it because it’s a big, luxurious German vehicle that makes raunchier noises than its cousins on heat on full throttle, because you love the way it reminds you, every time you slam the throttle, the neck bouncing torque. Most of all, you will buy one because, with all of its contradictions, it’s a product created by people that are as crazy about cars as you are, that will chase down anything simply because it’s there on the tarmac.
The Panamera now comes with an all new 3.6-liter V6 powerplant that is all Porsche in design and not shared with its sibling, Cayenne’s 3.6-liter engine and also its German cousin’s products from VW and Audi. Porsche management are clearly muscling in on the high-end corporate executive saloon/GT sedan market long dominated by BMW and Benz. This Panamera comes with a groundbreaking classic automotive design.
Developed for those looking for an even sportier and excitement drive from a factory released German Autobahn ripper, this Panamera comes equipped with a semi-automatic 7-speed PDK (double clutch) gearbox with a powerplant bred for the race track. It stands out for its exceptional dynamic response and precise handling. German car manufacturers are famous for the high-end luxury products and the interior
designers in Porsche have not skimped here offering simply the best in materials and finish in the Panamera.
So what does this new Panamera 3.6-liter offer for the person behind the wheel?
This is what it is all about. A drive experience on the tarmac that can be best described as un-forgetful. This Panamera is a hyperactive child on steroids on corners and keeps momentum down on an open highway like a freight train running away from its responsibilities.
At just 1730kg in unladed weight, this Panamera handles like a true sports car, carving corners with precision and exiting them with no fuss and never swaying the driver into thinking that he has little ability to pilot this GT cruiser against more aggressive sports coupes. All this is assisted by Porsches legendary handling engineering technology now upgraded with all new electronics and easy engine power delivery. Another surprise is the ignition ‘start-stop’ feature now on all models to reduce fuel consumption and also Co2 emissions.
After you have marveled with the engineering achievement that Porsche engineers have accomplished in making the Panamera such a remarkable performance sedan you then realize that this is a car company that breeds performance and design over everything else. Fit and finish is excellent. Inside the merging of leather, metal and plastics have produced a quality look and feel that will live in for years. Expect its launch in Malaysia in coming months.
Porsche Panamera 3.6 V6
Engine: V6 Petrol, 3605cc
Gearbox: 7-speed Semi-automatic PDK transmission
Max power: 300 hp @ 6200 rpm
Max torque: 400 Nm @ 3750 rpm
Top Speed: 259km/h
0-100 km/h:6.8/6.3secs (auto/manual)