Sus­pen­sion bridged

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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.

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