Porsche has grabbed every dynamic trick in the book – and them some – and thrown them at the new Panamera. Besides standard ‘PASM’ adaptive dampers, the Turbo adds three-chamber adaptive air suspension (with 60 percent more volume than a two-chamber set-up) and a heap of optional tech.
These include rear-axle steering (from the new 911 Carrera), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, which is an active anti-roll system that works in conjunction with the electronically controlled rear differential lock of PTV Plus.
All this is overseen by Porsche 4D- Chassis Control, which acts like a central “mechatronic” network and interconnects all dynamic systems in the car.
It also gets ‘active steering-wheel return’, which assists in self-centring the wheel, and a steering pulse to signal what the wheel direction should be on a split surface ( say dirt and tar).
At its core, Panamera’s suspension consists of a re-engineered aluminium double-wishbone front axle with forged aluminium transverse links. At the rear is a compact multi-link arrangement with forged top aluminium wishbones and hollow lower aluminium wishbones.
Mixed-width tyres also feature, and measure up to 315/30ZR21 at the rear. The Turbo’s standard brakes measure 410mm in diameter up front (with six-piston calipers) and 380mm at the rear. Optional ceramic brakes get 10-piston front calipers.