Along with the introduction of the Panamera range at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, Porsche introduced the 4S version as well. It was one of the best-balanced versions of its stablemates.
The idea of a four-door Porsche was not new. It was tried in the late '80s with the 989 concept car, which was based on the 911 platform. Later on, two four-doors Porsche 928s were tried by the German car-maker. After more effort, the engineering team succeeded to make the Panamera.
A four-door Porsche was hard to understand and to be accepted by some fans, but it was necessary. Those who owned a 911 needed a 4-door car to enjoy driving it daily with all the comfort and requirements from a daily driver. The Panamera was an evolution from the 928, with a front-engine and rear-wheel-drive architecture. The headlights were inspired by those installed on the Cayenne and the sloped back resembled a 911. A pair of vents were installed behind the front wheel arches. The taillights were similar to those found on the Cayman.
Inside, the Panamera designers took their inspiration from the luxury Vertu mobile phones. A four-seat layout was the only option, with a big center console that separated the driver from the other passengers. In the back, there was a decent room for adults and since it was a hatchback it could get an impressive luggage room, for a Porsche.
For the drivetrain, Porsche chose Cayenne as an inspiration model installing the 4.8-liter V8 engine under the hood. For the Panamera 4S, it fitted the car with an all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed automatic (PDK – double-clutch) gearbox. The 400 hp Porsche 4-door hatchback was good for a 5-second run from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph).
ENGINE SPECS - 4.8 V8 7AT (400 HP)
|Power:||294 KW @ 6500 RPM|
400 HP @ 6500 RPM
394 BHP @ 6500 RPM
|Torque:||370 lb-ft @ 3500-5000 RPM|
502 Nm @ 3500-5000 RPM
|Fuel System:||Direct Injection|
|Top Speed:||175 mph (282 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||5 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||7-speed automatic (PDK)|
|Tire Size:||245/50 R18 Z || 275/45 R18 Z|
|Length:||195.7 in (4971 mm)|
|Width:||76 in (1930 mm)|
|Height:||55.8 in (1417 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||65.3/65.4 in (1,659/1,661 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||115 in (2921 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||3.31 in (84 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||15.7 cuFT (445 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||4100.6 lbs (1860 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||5379.3 lbs (2440 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||14.7 mpg US (16 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||254 g/km|