Amazing tech that lies beneath a sexier new skin
THERE’S a golden rule in vehicle development: don’t do everything at once. New platform, new body, new powertrain and a new factory – all at the same time – should raise a red flag larger than Uluru due to the potential for production catastrophe, yet that’s exactly what Porsche has done with its secondgeneration Panamera.
Thing is, the new Panamera is hardly a Hillman Imp or Alfa Romeo Alfasud – golden rulebreakers that recruited labour forces unfamiliar with factory work to ‘build’ cars in their greenfield production plants.
Porsche’s new-generation luxury flagship will begin life in a brand new production facility in Leipzig, purpose-designed to construct new high-tech mixed-material bodies before sending them next door for completion in the existing Panamera plant. (Previously, bodies were built in Hanover and transported to Leipzig.)
Porsche is making some grand
claims about the new Panamera’s abilities, too. In adition to “best-inclass comfort”, “best-in-class driverassist” and a “very unique, very precise, very lean” interior design, Porsche says the new Turbo will be the world’s fastest luxury sedan. Or wagon, when the Sport Turismo version (hinted at Frankfurt 2012) surfaces further down the track.
Here’s a taste of what Porsche thinks a progressive luxury sedan should be. We’ll know for sure when it gets to Oz in early 2017.